Provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (GCMS) CUSD #5 and Paxton-Buckley-Loda (PBL) CUSD #10 both provide and maintain appropriate and effective educational programs in order to afford every eligible child with a disability who is between the ages of 3 and 21 (inclusive), is enrolled in either GCMS or PBL, and requires special education and related services to address the adverse effect of the disability on his/her education, a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  As part of this effort, both GCMS and PBL shall make available to all eligible children who are residents of either district a comprehensive program of special education.  Please see the following link for the entire special education Procedures.

Special Education Procedures (Revised 2009)

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Timely and Meaningful Consultation Agenda

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., a meeting conducted by the Ford County Special Education Cooperative will take place in the Unit Office/Board Room of Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUSD 10, 1 Panther Way, Paxton.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the plans made by Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUSD #10 (PBL) and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley CUSD #5 (GCMS) for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the districts for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you are the parent of a private school or home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of PBL or GCMS, you are urged to attend.  If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Eric Brackmann, Director of Special Education, at 217-784-5470.

Please click on the link for the agenda: TMC Agenda 2017

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Free Preschool Screenings For Children Birth to age Five in Gibson City

A free developmental screening is being offered to families with children age birth to five years old in the GCMS School District or Ford County.  These screenings may take around an hour.

Children three to five years of age will receive screening for vision, hearing, speech and overall preschool skills.  Free preschool classes are available to children who qualify.  

Children from birth through age two will be screened for developmental readiness skills and referrals may be made to Child and Family Connections for children who may qualify for services.

When:   Monday, April 10, 2017

Where: First Christian Church

112 W. 12th Street, Gibson City

 

For an appointment time call:

GCMS Elementary School

217-784-4278

Preschool screening is a service of the Ford-Iroquois Preschool Cooperative, Ford County Public Health Department, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley CUSD 5 and the Ford County Special Education Cooperative.

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Legal Notice

The Ford County Special Education Cooperative will, on or after June 1, 2017, destroy the special education temporary records in its possession of those students: (1) born on July 1, 1990 through June 30, 1991, and (2) any records of students born earlier not previously destroyed.  Any person who may have records included in the previously mentioned group may contact the Ford County Special Education Cooperative office at 217-784-5470 to claim his/her records prior to June 1, 2017.

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Special Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the coop will hold another special meeting on the 17th.  Most of the meeting will take place in Closed Session and no action will be taken at the meeting.  Here is the agenda:  1-17-17 Special Meeting Agenda

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Special Meetings of the FCSEC Executive Committee

The FCSEC Executive Committee will hold special meetings on January 9th and January 10th.  The Committee will be in closed session most of the meetings with the exception of the Call to Order, Roll Call and Adjournment.  No action will be taken during either meeting.  The agendas follow:

1-09-2017specialagenda

1-10-2017specialagenda

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Special Meeting

A special meeting of the Ford County Special Education Cooperative’s Executive Committee will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the unit office of Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUSD 10 in Paxton, Illinois.  Please see the following agenda:

10.4.16 Special Meeting Agenda

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disABILITY Resource Expo

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS WONDERFUL EVENT!  The 10th Annual disABILITY Resource Expo is just over 3 weeks away.  Please help us promote this important event in our area by sharing this e-mail with friends, family, colleagues, and anyone you know who might be interested.

The disABILITY Resource Expo has something for everyone.  This free family-friendly event will showcase nearly 100 exhibitors sharing information, resources and technology, all focused on improving the lives of individuals with various types of disabilities in our community and throughout East Central Illinois.  There will be wonderful entertainment, fun activities for children, prizes and much more!  Our Artistic Expressions Room will feature some wonderfully talented artists and entrepreneurs who will showcase and offer handmade items for sale.

Please join us on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign.  For further information and schedule of the day’s activities, please check out the attached brochure.  We hope to see you at the Expo!

Barb Bressner

disABILITY Resource Expo Coordinator

Jm Mayer

Assistant Expo Coordinator

Tri-Fold Promotional Brochure 2016

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