Child Find program seeks to identify special needs students

The New Albany School District and Union County School District are participating in an ongoing statewide effort to identify, locate, and evaluate children through the age of twenty-one, who may have a physical, mental, communicative and/or emotional disability. They are requesting that personnel in any agency refer individuals twenty-one years of age or under who may have a disability to Kelly J. Coltharp, New Albany School District, or Mary Jane Marques, Union County School District, who are the Child Find Persons for their respective districts.
Once a referral is made it is the responsibility of the Child Find Person to insure that the Referral-to Placement process is implemented. The Child Find Person works with the Local Survey Committee at each school to implement this process.
Prior to the evaluation, Written Prior Notice for Initial Evaluation as well as a copy of Procedural Safeguards is given to parents. District personnel explain and insure that parents understand the Procedural Safeguards. After parental consent for testing is obtained, a nondiscriminatory evaluation is conducted. Qualified personnel in all areas related to the suspected disability evaluate students.
When a student, age 3 through 20, is determined eligible to receive special education services, parents are notified. Before the student receives special education services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed for the student, and the parent’s sign consent for placement. Parents, teacher(s), and students, when appropriate, participate in this process. All students receiving special education services are reevaluated at least every three years, and their IEPs are reviewed/revised annually.
Please contact Kelly J. Coltharp or Mary Jane Marques at the following addresses and telephone numbers if you know of an individual in need of services.

Kelly J. Coltharp, New Albany Schools
203 Hwy 15 North
New Albany, MS 38652