The Special Education Department is provided for children with special needs who have an area of exceptionality that 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 appropriate public education and the opportunity to succeed.
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.
The Special Education Administrative Assistant is responsible for preparing the state personnel report, billing and purchasing, travel arrangements, extra-duty vouchers, and helping to organize most of the events and meetings held for and within the department. In addition, she is the department receptionist and is happy to assist you.
The Early Childhood Coordinator is the leader and program coordinator for the district's Early Childhood Education programs. The EC Coordinator channels information and serves as a resource to families and staff. Within the Early Childhood Program, the EC Coordinator oversees team collaborations to plan, evaluate, develop, and implement services while maintaining compliance with the state guidelines for special education services. The EC Coordinator plans and coordinates all community and child screenings for children zero to five years old, providing placement opportunities for eligible families.
The Special Education Coordinator is the leader and program coordinator for Junction City High School special education services. The Special Education Coordinator channels information and serves as a resource to families and staff. Within the Special Education Program, the Coordinator oversees team collaborations to plan, evaluate, develop, and implement services while maintaining compliance with the state guidelines for special education services. The Special Education Coordinator helps communicate, implement, monitor, and evaluate the vision/mission for the Special Education department at JCHS as the department chairperson.