Upon request, the Hamilton School District is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.
A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.
Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting John Peterson, Supervisor of Special Services, Hamilton School District, at (262) 246-1973 x1184, or by writing him at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex, WI 53089.
Some from Open Enrollment waiting list accepted
Hamilton School Board members accepted another 14 students who had been on the waiting list for the Open Enrollment Program. Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik said space was available for an additional 11 4-year-old kindergartners and three fourth-graders who applied to participate in the state Open Enrollment Program which allows students to attend school in other districts if space allows.
Roubik noted that the district would continue to monitor enrollments, but students in other grade levels who were on the waiting list likely would not be accepted because enrollments were near tipping points.
In addition to the 14 seats made available at the July 18 meeting, School Board members previously agreed to offer 10 seats to siblings of Open Enrollment students who attend district schools.
Summer school dates set
Dates for the 2012 Summer Opportunities Program were set for June 18 – July 13 with a day off for the July 4 holiday. Classes will be held Monday through Friday for the four-week session.
Second Chance agreement approved
The district will continue to participate in the Second Chance Partners for Education Program. School Board members approved an agreement that will allow credit-deficient students to participate in the program that provides them with workplace readiness skills in a learning environment that connects real-world applications with academic standards. All Hamilton students who previously participated in the program have earned their high school diplomas. Students must be recommended for the program and go through a rigorous selection process to participate.
Assistive technology position continues another year
The special education assistive technology-transition teacher position, first implemented in the district during the 2010-11 school year, will continue in 2011-12. The position will continue to be funded through federal ARRA and flow-through grants. Hamilton learning disabilities teacher James Nelson will remain in the post for the next school year.
In personnel business, the School Board:
- approved the retirement request of part-time Willow Springs custodian Guilio Tanel;
- accepted the resignations of part-time Woodside associate principal Tara Villalobos and Templeton German teacher Angela Stueve;
- appointed Jacob DeJarlais as Hamilton mathematics teacher, Cori Aronow as Hamilton administrative assistant, James Jacobsen as Hamilton physical education teacher, Susan Posh as part-time Public Information Office administrative assistant, Lynne Friske as Hamilton special education teacher, Justin Seely as Hamilton physical education teacher, Whitney Newman as Marcy fifth grade teacher, James Flegel as Hamilton guidance counselor, Christopher Jones as Hamilton special education teacher, Bridget Matthiesen as Marcy fourth grade teacher, Kimberly Power as Marcy third grade teacher, Katherine Little, Ph.D., as Instructional Services supervisor, Caryn Deeken as Marcy fourth grade teacher, Mark Busalacchi as Hamilton special education teacher and Rheann Fegley as Willow Springs 4-year-old kindergarten teacher.