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Special Education

Special Education Department Mission

Ensure equal access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for every student, enabling them to meet their unique potential. We will accomplish this through:

  • Extraordinary educational experiences
  • Exceptional educators
  • Community partnerships
  • Student-centered implementation of IDEA

It was a beautiful day for a picnic!

Life Unlimited sponsored a picnic at Macken Park on Friday, March 15th for our high school students. Pure joy was seen on the students' faces at the petting zoo, playground and picnic tables!

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Dana Flournoy-McGaw (NKCS Secondary Special Education Coordinator), Jim Huffman (Life Unlimited)

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Recognizing Outstanding Achievement

A group of 5th grade students are newly published authors.

 "Inspired by a social skills lesson one day, we decided to start a project. They wrote a book about the brain and how we regulate emotions. They decided their audience would be second graders. They collaborated with some of our third grade peers on what would be some good things to include in our book. Here are some pics from our publishing celebration. We kicked off our "book tour" in 2nd grade this week and they are reveling in the fact that other teachers and their principal have ordered their book. Watching these reluctant writers start to believe they could become published authors has been probably the most proud I've ever felt as a teacher."
                                                                                     - Shy Dreps, Special Education Teacher at Clardy Elementary -

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Director of Special Education

Samantha Poindexter

Rachael Gile Pearman - Administrative Assistant


Special Education Services in North Kansas City Schools are provided to students who have been determined to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in accordance with the Missouri State Plan for Special Education. 

Procedures for referral, evaluation, eligibility determination, IEP development and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) considerations are described in the district Local Compliance Plan

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Assistant Director of Special Education

Mindi Crane

Sabrina Segura - Administrative Assistant

GOlden Oaks & Jacobs Center

North Kansas City Schools is home to Golden Oaks and Jacobs Education Center, individualized school settings that serve students with identified special education needs.




Our team in action!

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New mobility equipment at Staley 

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Professional Development - November 20th


Additional Resources

  Special Education Records Requests 


                                                                   Compliance Plan              IDEA Public Notice

                                            IDEA Procedural Safeguards              Community Resource Guide

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For more information on special education, contact Samantha Poindexter, Director of Special Education, at (816) 413-3848 or Mindi Crane, Assistant Director of Special Education at (816) 321-4411.


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