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2016-2017 Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

Georgia Special Needs Permission – School Choice

Pursuant to Senate Bill 10 (Code 20-2-2113), parents of a student with a disability who meet the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Eligibility criteria may request to have their child attend another school within the system. The Newton County School System will make a decision regarding a parental request to transfer based on two criteria:

A. Class size and school capacity which is defined by
     • the class-size capacity by grade and subject, based on state law (160-5-1-08)

B. The school’s ability to provide the services identified in the student’s Individualized Education   

     Program (IEP).


• There will be two application deadlines for students eligible for a transfer to another school.

For the fall semester of the school year, parents have until July 1st, 2016, to request that

their child attend another school in the district.

For the spring semester of the school year, parents have until December 1st, 2016, to

request that their child attend another school in the district.

• Parents may obtain forms on the Newton County Schools website and submit the completed forms to the   Special Education Department by the designated deadline date.

Click here for more information and to download an application. 

Special Education Department

The Special Education Program serves students with disabilities by providing specialized instruction and related services delivered by a staff of professionals and support personnel.

Services are provided to eligible students ages 3 through 21.

Services are available for students with the following disabilities: Speech and language, intellectual, orthopedic, other health impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, specific learning disability, hearing impaired, visually impaired, deaf-blind, emotional and behavioral disorders and significant developmental delay.

Identification procedures include initial screening and further educational and psychological testing to determine if the student meets the State eligibility criteria.

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for each eligible student. IEP Teams review student strengths and weaknesses and consider factors such as parent concerns, learning style, need for specialized materials and adaptations, communication, fine and gross motor skills, sensory functioning, emotional and behavioral needs and motivation factors. The IEP Team, which includes the student’s parents, develops goals and objectives to address the identified learning needs and recommends services for the student.

Students may be served through a variety of delivery models based on the IEP Team’s recommendations. The IEP Team considers many options when making a recommendation for services for a student. A student's IEP must be delivered as much as is appropriate in an environment that includes non-disabled students. Personnel in the program for students with disabilities work collaboratively with school staff and with parents to assure that students with disabilities are provided with appropriate learning experiences and opportunities.

Related services such as physical therapy, transportation, occupational therapy and orientation and mobility are available in every school for students whose IEPs recommend these services. The Special Olympics Program provides students with disabilities the opportunity to train and participate in competitive sports and recreational events.


Ms. Brooke Ramsey
Director of Special Education
770-787-1330 ext.1278

Mr. Tony Trimaldi
Secondary Special Education Coordinator
770-787-1330 ext. 1226

Mr. Rothell Lewis
Elementary Special Education Coordinator
770-787-1330 ext. 1259

Mr. Ed Vrable
IDEA Coordinator
770-787-1330 ext. 1267

Ms. Laurel A. McLaughlin

Special Needs Pre-School Lead Teacher

770-787-1330 ext. 3906

Ms. Jessica Adams
Lead Teacher for Compliance
770-787-1330 ext.1218

Ms. Linda Berry
770-787-1330 ext. 1204

Ms. Chandra Mitchell


770-787-1330 ext. 1221

Ms. Ragen Cantrell
Data Specialist
770-787-1330 ext. 1269