SPECIAL EDUCATION

Lowndes County Schools' Department of Special Education, under the direction of Mindell Downing, serves students with a variety of disabilities ages 3 through 21. Student Support Services and Special Education staff consist of teachers in general curriculum and adapted special education curriculum, paraprofessionals, preschool teachers, Speech and Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Homeless Liaison, Coordinators, Administrative Assistant, and Director. Lowndes County Schools offers a continuum of services for students with disabilities. We strive to meet the individual needs of our students in a variety of settings and instructional models.

Child Find

Lowndes County Schools Department of Special Education is seeking information from parents or others concerning anyone living in the Lowndes County School district, ages 3 to 21, who may have a disability that is not being addressed.  If you know of such persons who may have an intellectual, physical, emotional or other disability, please contact Mindell Downing, Director of Special Education, at 229-245-2250.  All information received will be kept confidential. 

Comprehensive Evaluations

Evaluations and reevaluations performed by Lowndes County Schools follow the rules and regulations as determined by the Georgia Department of Education effective March 31, 2010. For a copy of the rules, click here 

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, of which the parent/guardian is an integral member, 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 by the IEP team.


GaDOE Special Education Services and Supports

The Georgia Department of Education, Special Education Services and Supports, has parent support information that can be accessed on their website. Topics available are:
Information for Parents; Parent Mentor Partnerships; Parent Training and Information; Parent Rights, and a Parent Survey
To link to this information, click here.

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. 

For more information, click here to see the letter from Mr. Taylor.

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.

Facilitated IEP Team Meetings

What is a Facilitated IEP (FIEP) Team Meeting?
An IEP Team Meeting lead by a trained third party who helps facilitate communication and problem solving. 

Click on the links for additional information.

School Psychologists

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 nikoviaomotunde@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Tracy Crutchfield: Lowndes High School, Lowndes Middle School, and Westside Elementary  e-mail tracycrutchfield@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Anna Hill: Pine Grove Middle, Pine Grove Elementary, and Dewar Elementary email annahill@lowndes.k12.ga.us

Kim Hatton: Clyattville Elementary and Lake Park Elementary email kimhatton@lowndes.k12.ga.us

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.

Support Staff


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