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Exceptional Children

Special Education is a state and federally funded program that provides services for students with disabilities who are between the ages of three and twenty-one. The directors of the department are Mrs. Ann Burlison, PreK-Grade 5 and Mrs. Sharon Belew Grades 6-12. There are 17 handicapping conditions recognized by the Department of Education and 15 handicapping conditions recognized by federal government’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).

Academic support services range from a consultative basis with accommodations in the classroom to a full-time self contained setting for students with disabilities. Related services that support access to the general curriculum are as follows:
  • Counseling
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Vision services (orientation/mobility and Braille)
  • Occupational/Physical therapy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Transportation
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Behavioral services

Exceptional Children

Ann Burlison
PreK-5 Supervisor

Sharon Belew
6-12 Supervisor

Melinda Godwin
Assistant Special Education Supervisor

Julie LaRue
Administrative Assistant

Michelle Cothran
Administrative Assistant