Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District has an opening for a full-time Director of Special Education and Pupil Services beginning July 1, 2020.

The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is located in western Wisconsin with an enrollment of approximately 1,400 students. The school district has three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school. The district is medium sized with a total area of 188 square miles. Situated along the Mississippi River and in the scenic coulee region of the driftless area, G-E-T is just 25 miles north of La Crosse, 15 miles west of Winona and a two hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul. The City of Galesville and the Villages of Ettrick and Trempealeau make up the population centers of the district.

The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District has a strong commitment to equity for historically marginalized students. The Director of Special Education and Pupil Services will play a key role in leading efforts to address opportunity and achievement gaps within the school district.

The Director will work closely with building principals and special education staff to deliver quality services to students and build relationships with families. The director will work with the Business Manager regarding DPI reporting and budget development. The Direct will serve as a member of the Administrative Team and will be crucial in leading district-wide efforts.

License: Must have, or be eligible for, a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Director of Special Education and Pupil Services license (5080).

Performance Responsibilities:
1. Administration of special education, ELL, counselors, school nurse, gifted and talented, and at-risk programs in the district and all related other federal programs (Section 504, Americans with Disabilities, Equity, Homelessness, and IDEA).
2. Develops, directs and administers training in the due process procedures as related to the identification and placement of students.
3. Establishes and facilitates procedures to process and place eligible pupils in special education classes for admission or dismissal.
4. Develops and initiates screening programs for continuous identification of children, including those referred for special education, gifted and talented education, and alternative education.
5. Develops budget recommendations, maintains information on state funding and provides expenditure control on established budgets.
6. Develops required and needed programs for all students with disabilities through systematic planning efforts.
7. Recommends policies, programs and procedures essential to the needs of children.
8. Advises staff and administrators of legal requirements governing special education and other federal programs as may be assigned.
9. Interprets the objectives of special education and other federal programs and services to the board, the administration, the staff and the public at large.
10. Prepares all local, state and federal reports, as may be required.
11. Cooperates with public and private agencies, organizations and professional personnel and families in securing and providing services for students with disabilities and other conditions that may put students at the risk of failure.
12. Participates with building administrators in the recruitment, selection, assignment and evaluation of all special education personnel and federal program personnel that may be assigned (school counselors, school nurse and related services personnel).
13. Oversees grant writing/accounting.
14. Performs other duties required by law, the District Administrator or the board.

Supervising Administrator: Superintendent Successful previous administration experience in special education is preferred.

Begin Date: July 1, 2020

Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

Contact: Matt Wenthe, Business Manager, Phone: 608-582-4657.

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The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, learning disability or handicap. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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