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Special Services

Welcome to the Carthage School District Special Education Department. 

Parents’ Rights and Procedural Safeguards

This notice is provided to you when your child is being considered for possible placement or is currently enrolled in a special education program. This notice is also provided for children who are entitled to these rights at age 18. If your child is being referred for special education and all options of the general education program have been considered, and where appropriate utilized, for your child, you have the right to initiate a referral for special education. 


Parents' Bill of Rights - English

Parents' Bill of Rights - Spanish

Procedural Safeguards - English

Procedural Safeguards - Spanish

IEP vs. 504

Both IEPs and 504s can support students with learning and attention issues. But while they are similar in some ways, they are quite different in others. 

The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

IEP Binder Checklist

One of the best ways to prepare for IEP meetings and track your child's progress is to put together an IEP binder. Use this checklist to organize—and update—your IEP binder. 


IEP Binder Checklist

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Bryan Shallenburger- Director
  Sandy Dickey - Administrative Assistant
Amanda Carcamo - Process Coordinator
Nichole Carter - Process Coordinator
George Cowin - Process Coordinator
Jean Douglas - Process Coordinator
 Don Miller - School Psychologist
Ashlee Neff - School Psychologist
Melissia Ruiz - Process Coordinator
Joan Stevens - School Psychologist


Child Find

Do You Know a Child with Special Needs?

The Carthage School District actively encourages parents or community members who know of a child (birth to age 22) who may have special needs to contact their local school district office. The Carthage School District works to provide special education services for students with identified disabilities from birth to age twenty-two. Services are offered in the least restrictive environment in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Once referred to special education, students are assessed to determine the disability and its impact on school performance to determine eligibility for special education services. Students with any of the following disabilities may be eligible for special education services: autism, hearing impaired including deafness, deaf-blindness, emotionally disturbed, speech and language impairment, intellectual disability, orthopedic impairment, multiple disabilities, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, visual impairment. All assessments are followed by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) team meeting, at which parents, teachers, and staff determine eligibility, specific goals, placement, and objectives. Parent permission is required for all Special Education Services. To make a referral, contact your public school office or the Special Services office.