Special Services

Special Services
2990 80th Street East
Inver Grove heights, MN 55076

Director of Special Services
Mary Garrison
phone 651-306-7827
fax 651-306-7295

Assistant Director of Special Education
Abel Riodique
phone 651-306-7828
fax 651-306-7295

Administrative Assistant
Betty Jo Zepeda
phone 651-306-7821
fax 651-306-7295

In Inver Grove Heights, a range of special education services are provided to students from birth through age 21 who have had a disability identified. Each building has a team that considers referrals, provides an assessment and then works with parents to develop an individualized education plan (IEP) that will meet the needs of the student.

If your child has a disability but does not qualify for special education, he or she may still be eligible for a "504 plan" that would clarify appropriate accommodations. Please contact your building principal with any questions you may have.

The majority of students are served in regular classrooms with support from special education staff members. Our district also works with Intermediate District 917 to provide some low-incidence services.

Special education provides services for students identified as: learning disabled, emotional/behavior disorder, hearing or visually impaired, mentally impaired, physically disabled, speech/language delayed, autistic, or in need of adapted physical education, occupational/physical therapy or psychological services.

State of Minnesota and Federal Funds are utilized in support of special education programs. Parents and community members may review applications, reports, and evaluations of district activities supported by these funds.

Approximately 650 students from our district receive special education services. To the extent appropriate, we serve children in their home schools and in their regular classrooms. If you have any concerns about your child's development, please contact your child's teacher, principal or Special Services at 651-306-7821.