Special Education Department

  • The Department of Special Education (DSE) facilitates the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations to students with disabilities (SWDs) ages 3-21 that reside in the City of Decatur. This is accomplished by partnering with students, families, schools, and the community. Special Education program and services are provided on a continuum ranging from consultative to full special education services. This continuum is designed to ensure that programs are available to students with disabilities and that the least restrictive environment is determined based on unique student needs.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions: 

    1. Who do I contact in concerning my child's IEP? 

    Your child's case manager is the first and most important point of contact for all matters IEP related matters including scheduling IEP meetings, IEP progress reports, and names or contact information for other IEP service providers as needed.  The school principal is the next level of contact for parents who have unresolved concerns after speaking to the IEP case manager or teacher. 

    For more important contacts refer to links below. 

     

    2.  My child does not yet have an IEP, but I have concerns with their performance and/or I have a private evaluation that I want the school system to consider.  What should I do to begin a process for considering if my child is eligible for an IEP? 

     

    3.  My child attends a private or home school within the CSD attendance zone. Who do I contact regarding accessing proportionate share services? 

    Frank DeFilippo, Special Education Coordinator

     

    4.  Our family is moving to CSD and we want to learn more about the Special Education Program because my child has an IEP.  How do we get information?  

    For general information, either Special Education Coordinator, Frank DeFilippo or Tiffany Martin, can provide information about the move-in process for students moving to CSD from another district or another state. 

     

    5. How do I obtain a copy of my child's IEP or eligibility reports?  

    The IEP case manager can provide a copy of the IEP, eligibility documents, or IEP progress reports. For records requests involving multiple years of documents, contact the Special Education Lead Teacher for your child's school.   Special Education Lead Teacher's or SELT's contact information per school is listed on this website.  

     

    6.  Who do I contact regarding School Psychology or Section 504 district level related questions in CSD? 

    Mr. Ben Knaebel, Coordinator for School Psychology and Section 504. In CSD School Psychology and Section 504 are supervised by the Equity and Student Supports Department

     

    7.  How does the District-Level Special Education Department support schools? We:

    • Create processes and procedures to consistently implement the required state and federal components of IDEA as well as we monitor the implementation of the program.
    • Provide coaching and feedback to teachers and administrators on implementing high-quality Evidence-Based interventions and Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) for students with IEPs.
    • Provide support to parents and staff designed to create meaningful partnerships between schools, families, and the community that ultimately lead to significant gains in student achievement and increased family engagement.

     

Contact Us

  • Ms. Melonie Bradley

    Administrative Assistant

    404-371-3601 x 1040


    Ms. Cheryl Grant

    Special Education Parent Mentor - All schools

     

    Mr. Willie Harper

    Special Education Lead Teacher for Clairemont, Glennwood, Winnona Park, and Talley Upper Elementary

     

    Ms. Tatrabian Lockwood

    Special Education Lead Teacher for ECLC, Oakhurst, Westchester, and FAVE Upper Elementary

     

    Ms. Karen Ehmer

    Special Education Lead Teacher for Renfroe Middle School

     

    Ms. Clair Rutherford

    Special Education Lead Teacher for Decatur High School

     

    Mr. Frank DeFilippo

    Special Education Coordinator for ECLC, Oakhurst, Westchester, FAVE, and Renfroe Middle School

     

    Ms. Tiffany Martin

    Special Education Coordinator for Clairemont, Glennwood, Winnona Park, Talley Upper Elementary, and Decatur High School

     

    The special education department is under the monitoring and supervision of the Office of State and Federal Programs which is supervised by:

    Ms. Frances Holt