Special Education



CISD Special Education Department

The Calhoun ISD Special Education Department serves over 3,000 students with Individual Education Plans (IEP).  We are proud of our ISD, our professional staff and the positive outcomes that our students achieve when families and schools work together.


Our highly trained staff provides a continuum of services for children birth to 26 years of age who qualify for special education programming.  In addition, our staff provide training to area special educators in order that our practices are consistent.






The Calhoun Intermediate School District Special Education Department has a comprehensive plan describing how special education programs and services are delivered to students with IEPs within our service area.  This service plan is developed and aligned with the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education and approved by the Office of Special Education/Early Intervention Services at the Department of Education.


The Special Education Department vision is a driving force in the development of appropriate programs that meet the needs for each student.  As a special education unit, we strive to meet each child's needs in the least restrictive environment knowing that research indicates that students with disabilities learn best when learning with general education peers. 


Special education initiatives include School Wide Positive Behavior Support Training, START, Teacher Consultant Training and Para-Educator Training.


Guiding Principles 


• As educational leaders we will promote the attitude of believing in every child's potential.


• We will use formative and summative data to determine what supports are needed for all students to progress in a rigorous and relevant educational environments.


• As educational leaders we will provide a unitary system that supports all learners.




Joan Reeve

Assistant Superintendent

(269) 789-2430


Karen Dysinger 

Administrative Services Specialist

(269) 789-2406


Toni Sturgis

Medicaid Coordinator

(269) 789-2426


Nicole Lawrence

Supervisor of Program Evaluation & Accountability

(269) 789-2411


Mary Riley


Student Data Systems

(269) 789-2403


Mercedes Long

Medicaid Admin. Assistant

(269) 789-2492




CISD Special Education Plan


New Parent Packet


Parent Handbook-Procedural Safeguards Document


Specific Learning Disabilities Guidelines