115 Academy Street
Dickson, TN 37055
Thomas E. Lee, Director Elementary Special Education
Linda G. Koellein, Director Secondary Special Education
Helping every student in Dickson County achieve regardless of their disabilities is the goal of the Special Education Department. The school system offers a large number of support services for students with special needs as agreed upon by the student's IEP (Individualized Education Plan).
Services provided by the special education department include but are not conclusive:
- Speech/language therapy
- Vision/hearing services
- Physical therapy
- Specialized equipment
- Occupational therapy
- Assistive technology
- Psychological services
- Homebound services
- Special education budgets/grants
- Transition services
- Special education preschool
- Special transportation
- Teacher observations
Each school in the system provides special education services to eligible students ages 3-22 years in a continuum of educational settings ranging from consultation services to self-contained. These programs are designed to meet the student's individual needs based on their identified disability. This includes intellectually gifted students whose abilities require special education services to meet their needs. The IEP Team determines the level of services for each student. The Team strives to provide the least restrictive environment (LRE) for all students.
Each state is required by Federal and State law to find all children with disabilities ages birth to 22 and provide educational services in the public schools for ages 3-22 for any child identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). The child find in the public schools includes children enrolled in the Dickson County Schools grades preschool through twelfth, children who are homeschooled and live in the Dickson County Schools zone, those who attend a private school in Dickson County, or are homeless.
If you know of a child that may need special services call the Special Education Department at 615-446-2085, or contact the principal of a school in your area. Anyone can refer a child.
Destruction of Special Education Records
Special education records will be kept for three (3) years past a student's 22nd birthday. At the end of each school year an advertisement will be placed in the local newspaper notifying parents/students that special education records will be destroyed. This notice will include a contact number for parents/students to call to obtain the records before they are destroyed.