Georgia Special Needs Scholarship
Under Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) , passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2007, parents of students who receive special education may choose to transfer their child to another public school or private school in Georgia. Certain conditions apply.
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The Georgia Department of Education provides information on their website.
Also, you may refer to the Georgia State Code JNB.
Lowndes County Schools offers a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all children, ages 3-21, who reside within school system boundaries and who are identified as having a disability. If it is suspected that a student may have a disability and scientific research based interventions have been used, an appropriate evaluation is completed by Lowndes County Schools, with the consent of the parent/guardian. After the evaluation is complete, a placement committee meets to review a wide array of data and determine if the child is a student with a disability based on Georgia Rules and Regulations. If the child qualifies for Special Education services and the parent/guardian consent to services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed.
Lowndes County Schools has four School Psychologists who are assigned to a variety of schools.
Nikovia Omotunde: Hahira Middle, Hahira Elementary, and Moulton-Branch Elementary email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Crutchfield: Lowndes High School, Lowndes Middle School, and Westside Elementary e-mail email@example.com
Anna Hill: Pine Grove Middle, Pine Grove Elementary, and Dewar Elementary email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Hatton: Clyattville Elementary and Lake Park Elementary email email@example.com
Each psychologist also has an office at the Central Office and can be reached by calling 229-245-2250.
The psychologists work with students and teachers through the Response to Intervention (RTI) process, provide instructional and behavioral interventions and support, and perform comprehensive evaluations used in determining eligibility for special education services.
Lynn Lewis - Dewar Elem., Pine Grove Elem., Pine Grove Middle
Cheryl Beall - Lowndes Middle, Westside Elem.
Sandy Barnes - Hahira Middle, Hahira Elem.
Karen Dawkins - Clyattville Elem, Lake Park Elem., Moulton-Branch Elem.
Tina Barrett - Administrative Assistant