Greetings from the James River Special Education Cooperative. We hope everyone had a great summer break and is looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year.
James River Special Education Cooperative provides special education services to students 3-21 years of age. The cooperative is made up of the following districts: Edgeley, Ellendale, Kulm, Jamestown, LaMoure, Litchville-Marion, Medina and Montpelier. These districts comprise a total of 17 school buildings throughout the cooperative. Across the cooperative, special education services are provided to approximately 590 students. The JRSEC office is located on the third floor of the administration wing of the Jamestown Middle School. Office hours during the school year run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office number is 701-252-3376. The office follows the Jamestown Public Schools calendar.
James River offers a full range of special education services that include consultation, evaluation, instruction and educational therapy services to students who qualify with a disability under the federal guidelines in the following disability categories: autism, deaf/blind, seriously emotionally disturbed, intellectual disability, hearing impairment, other health impairment, orthopedic impairment, speech/language impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment and non-categorical impairment (student ages 3-9).
JRSEC continuously promotes and provides Child Find activities for the cooperative. If you have any questions or concerns about the development of a child between 3 and 5 years of age, selective screening is open to any parent and/or legal guardian. Additional information about screenings is available by calling Kathi Fischer, Preschool Program Coordinator, at the JRSEC office.
A variety of program options are available to school-age students in the JRSEC. The cooperative goal is being able to education students in the least restrictive school environment as possible with non-disabled peers to the greatest extent appropriate. Each student is unique and this may mean the general education setting for one student, but something different for another.
The Transition House, newly located on the Jamestown High School campus, services students throughout the cooperative between the ages of 18 to 21 who have already completed diploma requirements, but may need additional support and education in the areas of: independent living skills, everyday social skills, on the job training and work skills.
If you have a student being educated within the cooperative and have specific questions and/or concerns, you are encouraged to communicate first at the building level the classroom teacher and/or case manager. If you have further concerns you do not feel are being addressed, communicate with the building principal, who may then consult with a member of the James River administrative staff.
You may contact Heidi Budeau, James River Director of Special Education, at the JRSEC offices at 701-252-3376, if you have any specific questions on special education services. You can also find information about the JRSEC though the Jamestown Public Schools website by clicking the James River link, through Facebook and Twitter.