Evergreen Public Schools Special Education Department

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Special Education Department

Children with physical, emotional, academic, or intellectual disabilities may be eligible for special services through the district’s Special Education program. Assessments are done at the school level, and parents are involved in the assessment process and in determining placement into the program. For more information, please contact an administrator at your child’s school or the Special Services Office at 604-6700.


Child Find

The Evergreen Public Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one (21) with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools within the Evergreen Public School’s attendance area.

Free Developmental Screenings are available for children ages birth through five.

Children are screened in the areas of motor, concepts, speech and language by professionals. A hearing and vision screening may also be done. Developmental screening can identify children who are in need of further evaluation and/or participation in early intervention or early childhood services that address their areas of need.

For children ages birth through two years of age, please call Educational Services District 112 at 360-750-7500.

For children ages 3-5 years, please call Special Services at 360-604-6700


Special Education Services:

Special education in the Evergreen Public Schools is not a “place:” rather, it is a set of services provided for students with disabilities. The Evergreen Public Schools collaborates with families to serve the individual needs of children. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that helps guide school teams and families in the qualification of students and the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEP). The Evergreen Public Schools provides a Continuum of Services to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

Procedural Safeguards

Procedural Safeguards - English
Legal Assistance List for Special Education Due Process Disputes: The Office of Administrative Hearings maintains a list of attorneys, and agencies who have requested that they be included as a resource for parents. The list includes: 1) free or low cost legal service providers; 2) public (not for profit) organizations that assist parents but are not legal service providers; and, 3) attorneys who have experience and/or interest in special education law. This is the most recent list and is available for districts to provide parents upon request. It is also maintained on OSPI's website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/ProfPractices/pubdocs/LegalAssistanceSpecEd.pdf

Special Education Contacts:

Jey BunoExecutive Director Special Services and Federal Programs
jerry.buno@evergreenps.org
Barb LaurenzoDirector Special Education
barbra.Laurenzo@evergreenps.org


Todd KarnofskiCoordinator Secondary Special Education Services
Todd.Karnofski@evergreenps.org
Gaelynn MillsCoordinator Early Childhood Special Education Services
Gaelynn.Mills@evergreenps.org
Jennifer GoodwinCoordinator Elementary Special Education Services
Jennifer.Goodwin@evergreenps.org
Orchards ElementaryMarrion ElementaryEllsworth ElementaryHearthwood Elementary Endeavour ElementaryYork ElementarySifton ElementaryCrestline ElementaryFircrest Elementary Image Elementary

Talia Casci-NoethigCoordinator Elementary Special Education Services
talia.cascinoethig@evergreenps.org Burton ElementaryBurnt Bridge Creek ElementaryRiverview ElementarySilver Star ElementaryPioneer ElementarySunset ElementaryHarmony ElementaryColumbia Valley ElementaryFishers Landing ElementaryIllahee ElementaryMill Plain Elementary
Michelle CrowstonCoordinator Special Education Services
Michelle.Crowston@evergreenps.org
Emerald Elementary
Amber LindlyCoordinator 49th St. AcademyAmber.Lindly@evergreenps.org hone: 360-604-6720
Student Records Requests:
Rebecca Gillis Special Education Records
Rebecca.Gillis@evergreenps.org Fax: 360-604-6707

Evergreen Public Schools Special Education Department

13501 NE 28th Street | P.O. Box 8910 | Vancouver, WA 98668

Telephone (360) 604-6700 | Fax (360) 604-6707 | office hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm