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Special Services
Special Services
Call to make an appointment.
Boys and girls who will be 3 or 4 before Aug. 1, 2018 can screen for preschool. Children that will turn 5 before Aug. 1, 2018 are eligible to attend kindergarten.

Please bring your child's legal birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency. In order to be considered for preschool, the child must be screened, even if they are attending preschool at this time.

Screening Hours
March 19 - March 22: 8am-2:45pm
Call Tracy at 573-732-3293

Make sure you have your child's most recent immunization record on file with the school nurse.

Erin Altemeyer, Director of Special Services
Tracy Rushing, Special Services Secretary
Phone 573-732-3293 Fax 573-732-4467
Mailing Address: 1444 Old Hwy 66, Bourbon MO 65441
Physical Address: 357 Jost Street, Bourbon, MO 65441
Educating Missouri's Homeless Children


9 months ago




(High Achievers with Knowledge Skills)   

Gifted Teacher -- Erica Williamson

Gifted Coordinator -- Erin Altemeyer 



Parents As Teachers
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting framework that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Trained parent educators emphasize parent-child interaction, development centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families. The PAT program has four components: personal visits, group connections, screenings, and resource referrals. Together, these components provide families with children prenatal to kindergarten entry a program of support so that children are able to reach their full potential.

For more information contact Crystal Michel at

Questions and Answers

9 months ago


1. What do I do if I feel my child needs to be tested for special services? Contact the

Special Services office at 573-732-3293.

2. Who do I need to contact if I feel an IEP meeting needs to be held for my child?

Contact your child's case manager at the following numbers:

High School: 573-732-5615

Middle School: 573-732-4424

Elementary School: 573-732-5365 or

Special Services Office 573-732-3293

3. Where can I get a copy of the Procedural Safeguards?

You can obtain a copy of the Procedural Safeguards in several ways:

Contact the Special Services Office at 573-732-3293

Click here for a copy of Procedural Safeguards.

4. How can I become a member of the Title I school-wide committee?

Contact the Special Services office at 573-732-3293.

5. Where can I find the requirements for a student to qualify for the Gifted Education program?

Click "Gifted Handbook" and browse.

6. How can I enroll my child in preschool?

Our preschool program can serve a total of 40 children. We hold a screening in the spring of every year and then again in the fall of every year. Children are placed based on need according to the screening results. For more information or to schedule a screening, contact the Special Services office at 573-732-3293.

7. How do I become enrolled in Parents As Teachers?

Parents As Teachers is a free program in our district. To schedule a Parents As Teachers visit, contact Crystal Michel at 732-3293.

8. At what age does the school begin providing special education services to children?

School districts must begin providing services to students beginning at age 3 if the student qualifies as a student with a disability.

9.  How can I find out more information regarding special education in Missouri?

Click here for a copy of the Parent's Guide to Special Education in Missouri provided by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

10. For further information or answers to questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Special Services department at 573-732-3293.

Special Education

9 months ago



PHONE 573-732-3293

FAX 573-732-4467

Initial and/or Annual Written Notification
to use public funded program benefits or insurance
Medicaid -- MO HealthNet ~ click here:
Obligation to Accommodate   ~ click here: 
Procedural Safeguards ~ click here: 

Special Ed Teachers ~ Sara Niebruegge K-1
                                        Heidi Dennis 2nd
                                        Whitney Bridgeman  3rd
                                        Lori Payne 4th 
                                        Robin Cowin 5-6
                                        Casey Hassell 5-8
                                        Samantha Todisman 5-8
                                        Traci Courtouise 7-8
                                        Amanda Bates 9-12
                                        Kelley Burke 9-12
                                        Kaitlin Smith Speech/Language

Obligations to Accommodate

9 months ago


Created June, 2007

IDEA ensures that:

  1. Students with disabilities have meaningful access to the general curriculum through improvements to the individualized education program (IEP)
  2. Students with disabilities are included to general education reform efforts related to accountability and high expectations, which focus on improved teaching and learning

Role of regular education teacher

  1. At least one regular education teacher must be included in the IEP meeting if the student "is or may be participating in the general education environment."
  2. Play and active role in decisions regarding interventions, strategies, and appropriate school personnel to assist the student in the general education environment
  3. Implement all components of the IEP, as applicable
  4. Assist in the development of accommodations and modifications necessary to facilitate the student's success in the general curriculum


  1. Accommodations must be implemented as outlined in the IEP. Any staff responsible for the education of a student with a disability is also responsible for the implementation of accommodations outlined in the IEP.
  2. Accommodations should be utilized to minimize the impact of the student's disability in his/her learning and performance.
  3. Accommodations must also be outlined for state-and district-wide assessments.

Types of accommodations

  1. Accommodations may supplement or adapt the general education curriculum by adding content enabling students to achieve a deeper understanding or higher level of mastery than is called for in the curriculum guide.
  2. Accommodations may infuse content from an alternative curriculum in order to give students the prerequisite skills they may be lacking.
  3. Accommodations may select fewer objectives, deleting those for which the student lacks necessary prerequisite skills.
  4. Accommodations may include teaching parts of objectives, or steps leading up to mastery of certain objectives.
  5. Accommodations may include varying instructional approaches or altering assessment methods to reflect student strengths and compensate for weaknesses.
  6. Accommodations may include selecting objectives from an earlier grade level within the curriculum.
  7. Accommodations may include supplementing the general education curriculum with other instructional components such as Braille instruction, sign language, orientation and mobility training.
  8. Accommodations may include accommodating for skills that the student does not have and is not likely to quickly acquire.
  9. Accommodations may include replacing general curriculum with alternative curriculum that better meets the needs of students with severe disabilities.

Assessment accommodations

  1. Assessment accommodations should be allowed if it:
  2. Is used routinely by the student in the instructional environment.
  3. Is based on the student's instructional need.
  4. Doesn't give students with disabilities an advantage over other students.
  5. Doesn't change the nature of what is being tested.
  6. Cannot threaten test security or the integrity of the test.

Assessment accommodation types

  1. Types of assessment accommodations include:
  2. Administration accommodations -Changes in how the assessment is administered (read test to student, large print, Braille, etc.)
  3. Timing accommodations -Changes in duration, timing or scheduling of an assessment (extended time, multiple sessions, etc.)
  4. Response accommodations -Changes in the way students are expected to respond to assessment materials (use of scribe, word processor, calculator, etc.)
  5. Setting accommodations -Changes in location or physical environment in which an assessment is administered (individual, small group, etc.)

For the future

  1. Special Education law is requiring a move to more inclusion of special education students into regular education classrooms.
  2. Special education services will no longer be a separate place for learning for most special education students, but a set of services and supports designed to help individuals be successful in the general education environment.
  3. IEPs will begin focusing on general education curriculum with accommodations and modifications necessary to facilitate a student's success in the general curriculum.
  4. All teachers need to be prepared to have more special education students in the regular classroom.


  1. If you have any questions concerning this presentation, please contact:

 Erin Altemeyer, Special Services Director

1444 Old Highway 66

Bourbon, MO 65441

(573) 732- 3293

S.O.A.R. Education Center

( Student Opportunity for Academic Recovery )

Located on Starhawk Drive across from the
elementary school.

Are you a want to be left alone, nervous, just don't fit in, dropped out, have to work, older than most, or just want a diploma kind of person under the age of 21? SOAR might be your answer. Call Erin Altemeyer at 573-732-3293 and see if the SOAR program might be what you are looking for. It is an alternative option to the traditional high school. There is limited availability.

Director: Erin Altemeyer

Phone 573-732-3293

Teacher: Randy Payne