The mission of the West Clermont Local Schools Student Services Division is to provide services that empower students to be their best based on their individual strengths and abilities. We are committed to high-quality differentiated instruction that meets the diverse academic, emotional, and social needs of all of our students. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer services to all students with special needs that are located within the boundaries of the school district. A vast majority of our student’s needs are successfully met at the student’s neighborhood school. For those students who require expertise in social communication skills, the district has programs that focus on students Multiple Disabilities, Autism, and Emotional Disturbance. While these programs are not located at every school, West Clermont strives to keep children as close to home as possible.
Eligibility for Special Education Services
Children must meet two criteria in order to receive special education:
- The child must meet Ohio’s qualifications for one or more of the 13 disabilities listed in the IDEA:
Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Cognitive Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment
- The student's disability must have an adverse effect on his/her academic performance to such a degree that special education and related services must be considered in order for the student to be successful in school.
*Not all children who have a disability require special education and related services. Many are able to participate in their classrooms with few or minor program modifications.
*It is important to note that RTI within a three-tier intervention model is also a part of special education eligibility decision-making required by 34 CFR 300.309 and 23 IAC 226.130
By providing positive learning experiences that facilitate success for students in special education through high-quality instruction, as well as collaboration with parents, students, schools, and the community, students will focus on their positive attributes and recognize their individual strengths and achievements to promote their future success
Meet students “where they are.”
Believe that all individuals can grow.
Provide the tools and opportunities to achieve success
- We believe in fostering relationships with students, parents, and the community.
- We value students and meet them where they are to provide academic and functional skills that prepare them for their future. We will model lifelong learning for our students.
- We believe our success is defined by the success of our students.
- We will use data to drive instructional decisions.
- We will continue to grow through professional development opportunities.
Department Contact Information
Dr. Amy Storer - Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning
Chuck LaFata - Director of Secondary Special Education & PreK-12 Student Services
Cheryl Turner - Assistant Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning
Elaine Georgiou - Assistant Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning
Kim Hayden - Special Education Supervisor (West Clermont High School)
Roger Taylor - Special Education Supervisor (West Clermont Middle School)
Tyler Lucas - Special Education Supervisor (WolfPup Preschool at Holly Hill and Willowville Elementary Schools)