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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Needs Assessments

Because the Ford County Special Education Cooperative receives federal grant money, it is required to conduct an Annual Needs Assessment.  The following documents are the results of the Parent and Staff Needs Assessment for 2017.  2017StaffNeedsAssessmentSummary    ParentNeedsAssessmentSummary

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Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

The following document is the Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 as approved by the FCSEC Executive Committee at its regular meeting on June 7, 2018.  It will be on public display through July 31, 2017.  A Public Hearing on the final budget will be held on August 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Unit Office of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley CUSD 5 located at 307 N. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City, Illinois.  FCSEC FY 2018 Tentative Budget

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Executive Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the cooperative’s Executive Committee will be June 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the GCMS Unit Office located at 307 N. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City.  This is a change from the previous scheduled date of June 14.  6.7.17Agenda

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The State of Illinois owes Illinois schools millions of dollars.  Please contact your local legislator and urge her/him to pass a budget – and one that includes full funding for education!

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Special Education Committee Meeting

A GCMS Special Education Behavioral Intervention Policy and Procedures Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 3:30 p.m. in the GCMS High School Senior Lounge/Conference Room.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Policy and Procedures that are followed when students with IEPs have behavioral/emotional difficulties at school.

5.24.17 Agenda


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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


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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