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The Special Education Division is provided for children with special needs. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act assures that all students receive the same educational opportunities as all students. Some children and youth need additional specialized instruction to reach their full potential.  Geary County Schools USD 475 is committed to providing programs and services to children with exceptionalities to reach their potential for the future. USD 475 offers a continuum of programs and services that are tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. Each child is entitled to an appropriate public education and the opportunity to succeed.

 

Nathan Downs Executive Director of Special Education(785) 717-4000

Nathandowns@usd475.org

DSCF5682 web.jpgDr. Kathryn Beougher
Assistant Director of Special Education

(785) 717-4090
KathrynBeougher@usd475.org

 Nathan Downs oversees the special education department in Geary County Schools USD 475. He is responsible for ensuring that the department meets all state and federal IDEA and special education law requirements and maintains the budget. Nathan is also responsible for new hires and retention of personnel needed to meet the needs of our student population.Dr. Kathryn Beougher works with and provides professional development within the department. She assists with communication and integration between special education and general education, as well, provides support to parents when they have questions and concerns.

 

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Staff

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Nicole Nutter
SPED Administrative Assistant
(785) 717-4093
NicoleNutter@usd475.org 

Nicole Nutter is responsible for preparing the state personnel report, billing and purchasing, travel arrangements, extra-duty vouchers, and helping to organize most of the events and meetings held for and within the department. In addition, she is the department receptionist and is happy to assist you.

 

Gina Hardin
MIS Data Clerk
(785) 717-4096
Ginahardin@usd475.org

Gina is responsible for maintaining correct records in the department's student management system. She assists case managers with data entry into that system and ensure IDEA Indicators are correctly reported to the state.. 

Kelsey Briand
MIS Data/Medicaid Clerk
(785) 717-4094
Kelseybriand@usd475.org

Kelsey works with Medicaid records and data. Her main focus with Medicaid is state reporting. She also assists the MIS Data Clerks with speech related data entry in the department's student management system. 

Victoria Coleman
MIS Data Clerk
(785) 717-4097
Victoriacoleman@usd475.org

Tory is responsible for maintaining correct records in the department's student management system. She assists case managers with data entry into that system and ensure IDEA Indicators are correctly reported to the state.

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Lori Crider
MIS Data Clerk
(785) 717-4095
LoriAnneCrider@usd475.org
Lori Crider is responsible for maintaining correct records in the department's student management system. She assists case managers with data entry into that system and ensure IDEA Indicators are correctly reported to the state.

 

 

 
 

 

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Autism

Deaf

Blindness

Developmentally Delayed

Emotional Disturbance

Giftedness

Hearing Impairment

Learning Disability

Intellectually Disabled

Multiple Disabilities

Orthopedic Impairment

Other Health Impairment

Speech/Language Disabilities

Tramatic Brain Injury

Visual Impairment

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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