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Ann Cross 
Director of Special Education
Ann Cross Director of Special Education
Ann Cross                 Director

706-629-4474 ext. 8103

Alecia Segursky         Assistant Director

706-629-4474 ext. 8101

Melissa Gravley         Coordinator  706-879-5370
Brandi Waters        Parent Mentor 706-629-4474 ext. 8108
Sherrie Carnes          Administrative Assistant 706-629-4474 ext. 8123
Elisha Hall               Administrative Assistant 706-629-4474 ext. 8113
Kerri Longmire        Student Support Specialist 706-629-4474 ext. 8112

 

Programs and Services

Services are currently provided for approximately 800 students, 3-21 years of age. Research based programs are being used which have been designed to develop academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and independence skills for active participation in the community. If possible, students receive these services in their neighborhood schools. A continuum of services is offered for students identified as eligible under State of Georgia Regulations for special education. Disability areas served are mild/moderate/severe or profound intellectual disability, specific learning disability, emotional/behavior disorder, speech/language disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, autism, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, significant developmental delay, traumatic brain injury and deaf/blind. Services are provided in a variety of settings including regular education classes, inclusion, resource and self-contained classrooms. Community based instruction, hospital/homebound and work-study programs are examples of instruction provided in alternative settings. To ensure each student reaches their full potential, goals and objectives are developed with instruction taking place in an appropriate classroom setting.

Referral Procedures

If a student is experiencing academic, behavioral, or social difficulty, he or she is referred to the Student Support Team (SST). This team may be comprised of teachers, counselors, parents, administrators, special educators, speech pathologists, and psychologists. School staff members or parents may make a referral to the SST. The SST committee discusses the student's difficulties and brainstorms in order to come up with possible strategies or accommodations that may help the child perform in the regular classroom. The SST monitors the child's progress and reviews the case periodically to change strategies if necessary. A child is referred for a full psycho-educational assessment only if these strategies prove ineffective in correcting the difficulties and screening indicates that further testing is in order; written parental consent is obtained prior to any assessment. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend SST meetings regarding their child. If you have any questions, please ask your child's School Administrator.

Beliefs, Vision and Mission

OUR VISION 
Our vision is to provide students with disabilities an education which meets their individual needs in order to obtain a diploma and prepare them to transition to be successful members of society.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

  • All people should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Everyone can learn at different rates and in different ways.
  • Everyone has the right to learn in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Education is a partnership between the school, the family, and the community.
  • Achievement should be encouraged, recognized, and celebrated.

OUR MISSION 
Our mission is to provide students with disabilities an education which meets their individual needs in order to obtain a diploma and prepare them to transition to employment and independent living.