Administrators eye special education

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Lee County School District concluded its administrative retreat on Monday with an in-depth look at issues that affect special education.
Monday was the third day of the retreat for central office administrators, principals and assistant principals. The first two days were held in June and were used to develop a new strategic plan.
Danita Munday, an education consultant from Brandon, spent the morning talking to administrators about taking proper interventions on students before placing them in special education. During the afternoon, she spoke about what accommodations state and federal law require districts to make when disciplining special education students.
Munday said it is important for administrators to be aware of the data and research available to them.
“General and special education need to work together to ensure all children receive the support they need to be successful,” said Lee County Special Education Director Kathy Dickerson, who organized the session.
Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said the workshop was important since special education is a “complicated subject.”
“As much information as we can get to our administrators on special education can help us,” he said. “The more knowledge we can give our administrators, the better we can serve our kids.”
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com