The Sandhills Educational Services Cooperative (SESC) was formed in 1974 to provide special education services to school districts in Custer and Blaine counties. Currently, the following school districts are members of the SESC: Anselmo-Merna Public Schools, Ansley Public Schools, Broken Bow Public Schools, Callaway Public Schools and Sandhills Public Schools. An Advisory Board comprised of member district Superintendents meet to discuss programs, policies and related topics.
It is the desire of the Sandhills Educational Services Cooperative staff to continue to provide the leadership and support services network vitally necessary to assist students of all ages to meet their individual educational needs. Meeting each student's needs is accomplished by providing an appropriate and efficient referral system, comprehensive evaluations resulting in accurate and reliable identification information, and a comprehensive curriculum to enhance social, emotional and academic growth and success. Sandhills Educational staff strives to meet the needs of children with disabilities in an inclusive environment with their peers, which requires the least amount of change in their school day, and still provides them with success.
The Sandhills Educational Services provides a wide range of special education services for children with disabilities from birth to age 21. These may include informal consultation with parents or teachers regarding concerns they have about their child's development; referral and evaluation services to determine if the child has a disability; speech, occupational or physical therapy; centerbased preschool or homebound services; direct counseling; instruction in academic areas; and transition services to prepare students for the world of work following graduation. All services for children with verified disabilities are free of charge to parents. Staff is composed of school psychologists, speech language pathologists, resource teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, deaf educators, audiologists, and early childhood specialists.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PLACEMENT
A range of appropriate alternative services shall be made available to ensure that placement in a special education program is in the "least restrictive environment", appropriate to meet the student's needs, and that such special education services be comparable in quality to other general education services and programs within the student's school of residence. No special education placement can be made to remove a child from their general education program unless it is clear that the child's needs cannot be met in the general education setting.
Personally identifiable information regarding each student's disability, special needs and goals and objectives are considered strictly confidential. Therefore, such information is made available to appropriate school personnel and the student's family only. Release of this information to additional sources cannot occur without written permission from the student's natural parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s).
Erin Boldt-Reiff, School Psychologist
Erin Jones, School Psychologist
Deb Mayor, Office Manager
SESC Early Childhood Program (birth through age 2):
Bonnie Kamarad, Speech Language Pathologist
SESC Preschool at New Discoveries:
Jessica Gibbons, Early Childhood Resource Teacher
Stacie McMeen, Early Childhood Resource Teacher
MaKenna Lofgren, Early Childhood Resource Teacher
Broken Bow North Park Elementary:
Angie Miller, Resource Teacher
Jackie Wagner, Resource Teacher
Erica Manley, Resource Teacher
Katie Myer, Speech Language Pathologist
Annette Maynard, Speech Language Pathologist
Broken Bow Middle School:
Lori Reynolds, Resource Teacher
Katie Custer, Speech Language Pathologist
Jordyn Knight, Resource Teacher
Broken Bow High School:
Stephanie Meyer, Resource Teacher
Broken Bow Life Skills Room:
Dianne Karges, Resource Teacher
Bobbi Kirkpatrick, Resource Teacher
Donna Downey, Resource Teacher
Cindy Coffman, Speech Language Pathologist
Lee Ann Smith, Resource Teacher
Cindy Coffman, Speech Language Pathologist
Marcia Keeney, Resource Teacher
Karen Weverka, Resource Teacher
Lena Biel, Speech Language Pathologist
Sarah Scott, Resource Teacher
Danielle Downey, Resource Teacher
Kelli VanSlyke, Resource Teacher
Cristi Copsey-Gaffney, Speech Pathologist
For information on
SESC Preschool Peer Model Program, please click here - Peer Model Program
Child’s development, please click here - Developmental Milestones
Child’s speech development, please click here – Sound Chart
Referral process, please click here - Birth to Age 2, Age 3 to 5, Student Assistance Team Flow Chart
Sixpence Referral Information, please click here - Sixpence
Early Childhood TrainingCenter, please click here – The Early Childhood Training Center
Assistive Technology, please click here – Nebraska Educational Assistive Technology (NEAT Center)
Network for children and their families, please click here - Nebraska Network for Children and Families
State of Nebraska, Department of Special Education, please click here – Nebraska Department of Special Education
For more information, contact SESC office.
Phone (308) 872-5606
727 S 6th Ave
Broken Bow NE 68822
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