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Special Education


Park Rapids Area Schools Special Education provides inclusive and comprehensive educational programs for students of all ages with disabilities. 

Minnesota has thirteen categorical disability areas. A team of qualified professionals, including parent(s), determines whether the student meets criteria in one of the thirteen categorical disability areas and is in need of special education services.

Each student who receives special education services must meet the State of Minnesota mandated eligibility criteria, and then an Individual Education Program (IEP) can be developed which describes the student's present level of performance, special education needs, goals, objectives, and services.

Students can receive services in the following disability categories:  Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf-Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Emotional or Behavioral Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disability, Developmental Delay, Other Health Disabilities, Physically Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visually Impaired.

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All forms and other information related to special education are located on the PAWN Special Education website. Thank you.

Early Childhood
Carolyn Melchert: 218-237-6585
Addy Upton: 218-237-6586

Elementary School
Rae Bayman: 218-237-6221
Dawn Penning: 218-237-6212
Sara Kovach: 218-237-6239
Leah Hilmanowski: 218-237-6247
Susan Keranen   218-237-6288
Erin Romanski: 218-237-6355

Middle School
Rachael Andersen: 218-237-6390
Kristi Goochey: 218-237-6372
Garrett Kovach: 218-237-6337
Paula Pearson: 218-237-6353
Danielle Perry: 218-237-6336
Erin Romanski: 218-237-6355
Kathy Wiederin: 218-237-6319
Brian Johnson: 218-237-6339
Kasey Schorn: 218-237-6338
Carrie Wittenberg: 218-237-6347
MS Resource Room:  218-237-6369

Special Education Coordinator
Karrie Taylor: 218-237-6321