The Special Education Department is provided for children with special needs who have an area of exceptionality which significantly impacts their ability to make progress in an educational setting. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act assures that all students receive the same educational opportunities as all students. Some children and youth need additional specialized instruction to reach their full potential. Geary County Schools USD 475 is committed to providing programs and services to children with exceptionalities to reach their potential for the future. USD 475 offers a continuum of programs and services that are tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. Each child is entitled to an appropriate public education and the opportunity to succeed.
Geary County Early Childhood Family Network
Developmental Information: Parents as Teachers (National)
Special Needs: KITS Early Childhood Resource Center
Early Childhood Screening Schedule
Kansas State School for the Blind
Families Together Inc.
Kansas Parent Information Resource Center
Disability Rights Center
Kansas School for the Deaf
Exceptional Family Member Program
Big Lakes Developmental Center
Nathan DownsExecutive Director of Special Education
The Executive Director of Special Education is responsible for implementing and maintaining birth to age 21 Special Education programs and services in conformance to District, State and Federal objectives; providing written support and/or conveying information; serving as a resource to patrons, school personnel and the Board of Education; and maintaining adequate staffing to ensure objectives of programs and services are achieved within budget.
Dr. Kathryn BeougherAssistant Director of Special Education
The Assistant Director of Special Education works with all special education programs within the district and is responsible for the implementation of special education transportation, para-educator training and orientation, and special education services to private schools.
Kate HarmisonJunction City High School Special Education Coordinator
The JCHS Special Education Coordinator oversees all special education services and staff for JCHS, Freshman Success Academy, and the Sixth Street Innovations Center. In addition to providing support for those campuses, the coordinator oversees the transition from middle school to high school as well as coordinating services to help ease the transition from one level to the next.