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Ongoing efforts are made by the Girard City Schools to locate and evaluate children ages birth through 21 years of age, who reside   within the district and have a confirmed or suspected disability in   accordance with federal and state standards.

Parents, relatives, agency personnel, and concerned citizens may refer any child (birth through 21 )who may qualify for special education and related services.

Anyone aware of a child who may have special needs living within the district is asked to call Dianne Kosco, Special Education Director, at 330-545-2596 x340.



Special Education Services


The cornerstone Federal legislation for the education of students with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. IDEIA ensures the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for every student who qualifies under the Federal Law and corresponding federal and state regulations.

Our goal is to work with parents/guardians to help ensure that every child experiences success in the Girard City School District. The District encourages parents to call the office of Special Education Director, Dianne Kosco, if they suspect their child has a handicap that may interfere with their child's ability to progress in the general education environment. 

Special educational services are available to students with disabilities (SWD) from age 3 through 21 years of age. Girard promotes inclusion practices whenever appropriate, and provides support to the general education teacher and/or the SWD participating in the general education setting. The District employs one school psychologist, and 15 intervention specialists serving grades K-12. In addition, 1.5 speech therapists serve students identified with deficits in the area of communication. The District contracts with the TCESC for various related services in order to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.







Information on scholarship programs are available from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) web site at www.education.ohio.gov .
 

  • For the information on the Autism Scholarship Program, search Autism Scholarship Program.

  • For information on the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, search Jon Peterson Scholarship.

For additional information or questions on these scholarship programs, contact:

Office of Nonpublic Educational Options
(614) 466-5743
Toll-free (877) 644-6338
Email: autismscholarship@education.ohio.gov
Email: peterson.scholarship@education.ohio.gov




Dianne Kosco
Special Education Director
330-545-2596