Provide professional leadership in organizing, administering, supervising, and evaluating the effective delivery of Special Education services and Section 504 services in Clover School District.
Ensure that all Special Services programs and Section 504 activities conform to federal, state and district requirements.
Address areas of noncompliance as necessary.
Provide leadership, information, and recommendations to the CSD School Board in making decisions regarding the Special Services programs of the school district.
Communicate effectively with parents, teachers, and administrators in matters pertaining to the education of exceptional students.
Provide support and assistance to school administrators to assist them in the provision of services for students with disabilities.
Provide direct supervision, guidance, and support to administrative support staff, school psychologists, school social workers, and the special education instructional supervisor.
Collaborate and provide support and guidance to the special education instructional supervisor in district efforts to improve the special education services provided to students.
Support improved instruction for all students by locating, providing, and financing relevant staff development opportunities for district staff and teachers.
Develop and provide a continuum of appropriate educational services in the least restrictive environment for all areas of disabilities.
Coordinate special transportation services for identified students.
Develop and maintain accurate and complete confidential files of all students receiving special education services. Maintain all student records in a secure and confidential manner.
Implement district procedures relative to destruction or permanent storage of records.
Implement procedures for the identification of Section 504 disabilities and the development of accommodations needed in the general education setting.
Maintain records and ensure the transition of records and needed accommodations from grade to grade and school to school.
Provide needed supports and resources to schools for implementation of individual plans.
Ensure the development and implementation of effective research-based instructional practices for special education teachers.
Monitor and evaluate student progress.
Develop, review, and/or revise district special education procedures and practices as necessary to meet requirements established by state or federal agencies.
Provide information, training, and support to all special education staff relative to processes, procedures, instruction, and development of individual education plans to enable them to fulfill their assigned responsibilities.
Serve as the representative of the school district to mediate as necessary issues involving the special education needs of students and provision of a free, appropriate public education.
Obtain legal guidance and representation when necessary to ensure appropriate district actions or responses.
Work cooperatively with district and school administration in the recruitment and selection of highly qualified special education personnel.
Conduct formal evaluations of teachers and staff (ADEPT) as assigned.
Evaluate all district special education programs and make recommendations and adjustments in personnel as necessary to provide needed services.
Ensure needed transition services for students with disabilities ages 13-21 to achieve post-secondary goals.
Locate and secure contracted services required for special education students when needed services cannot be provided locally.
Develop extended school year services as determined necessary to meet individual student needs. Recruit appropriate staff and coordinate necessary transportation services.
Implement ongoing Child Find activities to locate and identify any student residing in the district who is suspected of having a disability.
Consult with private schools and home school contacts to identify and coordinate services for any students with disabilities who reside in the district and are not enrolled in school.
Prepare federal and state entitlement and grant applications under the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) Section 611 and Section 619 (Preschool) for financial approval by state officials.
Approve all expenditures under federal and state entitlements and grants ensuring compliance with the approved applications and budgeted expenditures.
Supervise the effective implementation of EXCENT, the special education software management system. Ensure that all staff has the necessary training to accurately input data.
Collect and submit required state and federal data reports according to prescribed deadlines as required by the Office of Exceptional Children (Indicators 1-20).
Work cooperatively with district and school personnel to ensure that special education information coded into the Student Information System (SASI/PowerSchool) stays updated and accurate.
Ensure accurate reporting on student accommodation needs relative to statewide testing programs (specialized materials through PreCode and specialized accommodations at testing).
Make arrangements for continued special education services to ensure a free, appropriate education (FAPE) for students with disabilities who have been expelled or have received a long-term suspension from the school district.
Coordinate the provision of special education services for individuals with disabilities (through age 21) in adult education programming.
Arrange and maintain a contractual agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services which allows the school district to receive financial reimbursement for medically approved services through Medicaid programs (SDAC and Rehabilitative Services).
Ensure the necessary required documentation and billing procedures to recoup maximum reimbursement for these services.
Establish and implement district procedures for educational services provided to district students under Proviso 1.8 (DJJ, group homes, foster care) and Proviso 1.77(residential treatment facilities) for both special education and general education students of the district.
Ensure verification of the district responsibility and approve the accuracy of financial charges from other school districts or entities within the state.
Process payment for verified educational charges for students of the district.
Work cooperatively with other state agencies and community partners in collaborative efforts to provide needed services and resources for student and families of the district.
Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: operating standard office equipment, including utilizing pertinent software applications; planning and managing projects; overseeing program financial activities; and developing effective working relationships; preparing and maintaining accurate records; and administering personnel policies and procedures.
Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: application of pertinent codes, policies, regulations; personnel processes; and standard business practices.
Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: providing leadership, direction, and team building; communicating with persons of varied educational and cultural backgrounds; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals from diverse professional backgrounds; working independently under time constraints to meet deadlines and schedules; organizing and communicating information and concepts; setting priorities; working as part of a team, analyzing situations and making accurate decisions; working with multiple projects; dealing with frequent interruptions and changing work priorities; working with detailed information/data and maintaining accurate records; maintaining confidentiality; and facilitating communication between persons with frequently divergent positions.
CLOVER SCHOOL DISTRICT Job Description Director of Special Services
The job of Director of Special Services is done for the purpose/s of implementing and maintaining the assigned programs (e.g. Bilingual, Title I-Basic, Title I-Migrant, Title I State and Local Neglected and Delinquent, Partnership 2000, etc.) in conformance to district and state objectives; providing written support and/or conveying information; serving as a resource to other school personnel, the Board and other districts; and maintaining adequate staffing to ensure that the objectives of programs are achieved within budget.