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Special Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles every student with a disability to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) through their local school district from birth to age 22. To ensure a FAPE, a team of professionals from the local educational agency meets with the student's parents or guardians to identify the student's unique educational needs, to develop annual goals for the student, and to determine the placement, program modification, testing accommodations, and other special services that the student needs. These decisions are recorded in a written Individualized Educational Program (IEP) plan. The school is required to develop and implement an IEP that meets the standards set by federal and state educational agencies.


Restrictive Procedures Plan


We will provide inclusive, individualized, and consistent programming that maximizes the potential of our students so they participate fully in their community and become lifelong learners. 


Special Education at STMA Schools is committed to inclusive programming where students, families, staff, and community partners obtain support as they communicate and collaborate to empower students to maximize their individual potential.

STMA District Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

  • Advises the Special Education Department on current issues, program development, parental concerns and involvement

  • Serves as an advocate for high-quality special education programs

  • Promotes communication between family, school, and community

STMA SEAC By-laws     

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) Membership Application 2023-24

SEAC Member Meeting Dates:
2023-2024 School Year (Remaining)
Tuesday, May 21st, 2024
2024-2025 School Year 

Meeting Location: Middle School West Media Center
Tuesday, November 19th, 2024
Thursday, February 20th, 2025
Tuesday, April 15th, 2025


Services for Non-Public School Students

The state requires all school districts to provide special education services to students with disabilities who attend non-public schools within the school district's borders. Other services for non-public school students are nursing services for students in grades K through 12 and guidance and counseling services for secondary students (grades 7 through 12). Districts must identify students who are potentially eligible for special education services, and, once identified, offer parents a plan for services. The public school district may provide special education instruction and services at the nonpublic school building, a public school, or at a neutral site other than a nonpublic school. The public school district determines the location, student by student.

Parent information: Non-public special education child find procedures


Contact Information 

Birth to Age 5 & Kindergarten 

Kimberly Andres
Special Education Building Coordinator (SEBC)
763-497-2688 ext.1324

Elementary 1st-4th Grades

Sheri Block
Special Education Building Coordinator (SEBC)
Big Woods Elementary - 763-497-8025 ext. 6234
Fieldstone Elementary - 763-497-0904 ext. 7169
St. Michael Elementary - 763-497-4882 ext. 2205

Middle Schools 5th-8th Grades

Sandy Hanson 
Special Education Building Coordinator (SEBC)
Middle East 763-497-2655 ext 3234
Middle West 763-497-4524 ext 4217

High School

Barb Moll 
Special Education Building Coordinator (SEBC)
763-497-2192 ext 8014

District Office

Whitney Weber
Assistant Director Special Education
763-497-3180 ext 5170