Special Education Services
Preschools/Early Childhood Centers (4)
Lakota Preschool students are served by Butler County ESC at our Early Childhood Schools.
Elementary Schools (10)
Special Educators and paraeducators provide small group instruction in pullout settings and assist their students in the general education classrooms. Six of our elementary schools have a center class for students with multiple disabilities; however, this center class is an option not a destination. So, students may cycle into the center class for service or may not. One elementary school has a teacher (and two paraeducators) who works with students identified as ED. These students have significant emotional/behavioral needs.
Junior Schools (4)
Services at the junior high level are mostly provided in an inclusive setting. Special educators and paraeducators travel to the regular education classes to team teach, provide direct support, and provide pull out sessions of direction intervention for certain students. Students also receive support in the “guided study hall,” which is a small group study hall facilitated by the special educator that provides intervention in academic areas, homework, organization, and emotional/behavioral development. Centered classes, classes taught directly by the special educator, are available for students with more significant needs in the core content areas. Three junior schools have units for students with multiple disabilities.
Freshman/Senior High Schools (4)
Special education service delivery can be characterized for students with milder disabilities by “center classes” (students on IEPs are taught by special educators); “team classes” (special educator enters into the general educator’s domain); “guided study halls” (paraeducator or special educator provides support on homework); and, “small group” instruction. There are resource centers for students with multiple disabilities at the high school level.
At the elementary level, you can expect to see an equal number of special educators and paraeducators within each special education department. At the secondary level, the number of paraeducators ranges from 2-4. Each resource center for students with multiple disabilities has 2 paraeducators. There are additional paraeducators in situations where students may be especially difficult to educate or require an attendant or notetaker.
Lakota employs occupational therapists, physical therapist, APE educators, nurses, parent mentor (grant position), school psychologists, job trainers, work study coordinator, vision and hearing SSTs, and speech therapists.
Lakota employs one Special Services Executive Director and four Special Education Supervisors.