Updated August 15, 2003

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Special Education 


It is the belief of this department that children who need services should have modifications and accommodations in order to help them achieve their personal best in school. Special education services are provided in all schools in Union Parish and include classroom assistance, small group instruction, speech therapy, adapted physical education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling. Special education services are designed to facilitate the childs progress in all education-related areas. These services are provided through the evaluation and Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Services are available for children from birth through age 21. Infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children needing services are identified through the Child Search program.


Mary McLemore Supervision of Special Education


Martha Carr Special Education Secretary
Linda Smith Pupil Appraisal Secretary
Rhonda Davis Child Search Coordinator/Transition Coordinator/Child Search Coordinator
Elizabeth Pierce School Psychologist
LeeAnn Allen School Psychologist
Janet Epinette School Psychologist
Terry Tyler Educational Diagnostician
Claudia Rocket Speech Therapist
Debra Roberts Speech Therapist
Amanda Tull Occupational Therapy Assistant
To contact our Special Education Staff please visit our Staff Page.

UPSB Child Search Program

Rhonda Davis Coordinator
The Child Search program is designed to identify and provide services for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with special needs. All services are provided free of charge to children who qualify. A child may qualify for early intervention services due to developmental delays in any of the following areas: cognition, physical development, language and speech development, psycho-social development, or self-help skills. Eligibility is determined through a multi-disciplinary evaluation.

Children from birth through age two are served through ChildNet, Louisianas early intervention program for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. ChildNet is a comprehensive system that works to coordinate state, regional, and local agencies in assuring the best use of early intervention resources. It was established in response to federal legislation mandating the provision of early intervention services targeted to meeting the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early intervention is of great importance in facilitating a childs development, and it was with this thought in mind that ChildNet was developed.

Children ages three through five are served under the special education program of Union Parish. Structured preschool settings are located on the campuses of Farmerville Middle School, Spearsville High School, and Marion High School. The preschool program offers early intervention in the areas of social development, fine and gross motor development, and language skills, as well as the development of other pre-academic skills. All of this is provided in a caring environment with low student to teacher ratios.
For more information on services and eligibility, please contact Rhonda Davis 
(318) 368-9715 extension 132
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