Exceptional Education

Exceptional Ed Fax: 770-606-5858
 
 

General Info

The Department of Exceptional Education offers comprehensive Special Education services to students ages three through twenty-one who are eligible for special education and related services according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The department assists in the assessment process for determining special education eligibility.

A full continuum of services is available, ranging from the least restrictive to more restrictive environments, depending on the specific needs of the student. The department also supports schools in ensuring students with disabilities appropriately access the Common Core Performance Standards and provides specialized instruction as determined necessary by the individualized education plan (IEP).

In collaboration with students, schools, families, and the community, the Department of Exceptional Education assists students with disabilities in increasing academic performance and enhancing postsecondary options

Meet the Staff (Central Office)

Department for Exceptional Education

Central Office Staff List           770-606-5800
Name Title Extension 
Administrative    Assistant
2418
Karen Talmage              
Autism Specialist
4256
Stephanie Hadaway          
Behavior Specialist
2027
Compliance & Child Find Coordinator
2384
Cara Shores         
Coordinator for Exceptional Ed.    Elementary
2023
Dr. Mike Mitchell          
Coordinator for Exceptional Ed.    Secondary 
2026
District Hospital/Homebound Teacher
2016
Julie Kesler          
Educational Diagnostician
2017
Executive Director of Exceptional Education
2414
Mona McBrayer          
Lead OT/PT
4859
Lead Special Needs PreK
4854
Orthopedic Impaired Teacher
2382
Kim Chester          
Parent Mentor
2018
Records Clerk
2021
Grace Kriz          
School Psychologist
3894
Dr. Alan Brue          
School Psychologist
2001
Kim Curtis     
School Psychologist
3823
Dr. Meagan Nalls          
School Psychologist
2036
Chana Heard          
School Psychologist
2381
David Freeman          
School Psychologist - Lead
2396
Valenie Wilkins       
Speech Language Pathologist - Lead
2383
Cherie Wren          
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
2394
Anne Cornwell          
Transition Specialist
2017
Vision Teacher
2160

Lead Teacher Contact Info

Department for Exceptional Education

 Lead Teacher Contact List            770-606-5800 

School

Lead

School   Ext.

Lead   Ext.

Adairsville   Elementary

Michele   Dufford

4101

4107

Adairsville High School

Amber Benefield

4151

4135

Adairsville   Middle School

Michele   Dufford

7500

7522

Allatoona   Elementary

Jason Yohe 

4251

4269

Bartow   Learning Center

Tina O'Shield

3000

3011

Cass   High School

Christy   Mason

1006

1004

Cass   Middle School

Katie   McKenzie

4401

4414

Clear   Creek  Elementary

Stormy Ruff

5401

5421

Cloverleaf    Elementary

Kristine   Russell

6000

6057

Emerson    Elementary

Kristine   Russell

2500

2556

Euharlee   Elementary

Chris Randolph

4551

4569

Hamilton   Crossing Elementary

Katie McKenzie

4601

4617

Kingston   Elementary

Holly Spivey

4651

4667

Mission   Road Elementary

Chris Randolph

4701

4713

Pine Log   Elementary

Stormy Ruff

4751

4756

South   Central Middle School

Holly   Spivey

4801

4819

Taylorsville   Elementary

Stacey   Evans

5101

 

White   Elementary

Jason Yohe

5201

5215

Woodland   High School

Debra Warren

5251

5241

Woodland   Middle School

Stacey   Evans

5301

5323

Special Education Program Areas

BCSS provides  educational services for students who meet the eligibility criteria established  by the

Georgia Department of Education for the following areas of  exceptionality: 

 

If  you would like to contact the Department of Exceptional Education for more  information,

please call 770-606-5800.

Facilitated IEP Meetings

Informational Brochure
Facilitated IEP Meeting Webinar
IEP Facilitation Parent Guide
Facilitated IEP Request Form for Bartow County

Overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973—Public Law 93-112 of the Social Security Act—is a comprehensive law that addresses the rights of handicapped persons and applies to all agencies receiving federal financial assistance. It applies to a variety of agencies and organizations including preschool, elementary, middle, secondary, vocational, and post-secondary educational programs. Compliance with Section 504 eradicates discrimination against individuals with disabilities while opening doors to a broader range of opportunities for them.

Eliminating barriers to educational programs and services, increasing building accessibility, and establishing equitable employment practices are thoroughly and specifically addressed in Section 504 regulations. The law is based on the same principles underlying the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin) and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (which prohibits discrimination based on sex).

Section 504 states:

No otherwise qualified handicapped individual ... shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibit discrimination against handicapped (disabled) persons. All federal, state, and local governments, as well as all public and private schools, are required to fully implement these laws in order to protect the rights of all qualified individuals.

For further information regarding Section 504 eligibility and accommodations for students, please contact the Department of Exceptional Students at 770.606.5800.

Overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 Procedural Safeguards
Notice of Rights of Students and Parents Under Section 504
A Parent's Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools (coming soon)
65 Gilreath Road NW
Cartersville, GA 30121-5016
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