Report to the Creswell School Board November 12, 2003





Special Education


The Board approved Special Education policies were sent to the Oregon Department of Education at the end of October. We were told that they had been received, approved and filed. I thank the Board and particularly Dr. Lonn Robertson for assistance in this process.


Our next task is the Child Count Census that is due before December 15th. Our special education staff, as well as Marilyn Cruzan and I will be working diligently to complete the census in an accurate and timely manner.


I have continued to work on appropriate placements for students. As a result, two students are receiving tutoring. I have also attended out of district individual education plan meetings (IEP) at Churchill HS in Eugene and Briggs Middle School in Springfield.


On October 17th, our speech therapists and I attended a training session on the changes in Medicaid billing for speech therapy at the Bethel administrative office. On October 21, the Lane ESD hosted an additional meeting on Medicaid and on November 3rd, Jay Gense, Regional Programs Coordinator, was at the ESD to lead a discussion on possible changes to Regional services.


No Child Left Behind/ Prevention


The Creswell School District NCLB plan was submitted on October 15th. A hearty thank-you to Jacque Robertson and our Title I staff for their work on this Herculean effort. We will all be looking forward to the approval letter that will arrive later this month.

Our Creswell Prevention team met on October 28th to discuss our Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant money as well as our Title IV (Safe and Drug-free Schools) funds. Our next meeting will be on January 13th when we will touch base on school events and community happenings.

Finally, we have just been notified that our application for funds through the Lane County Migrant Education Program has been approved for the full amount requested ($5,057). These funds will be used for interpreter services, materials and software.


Respectfully submitted,




Ellen Adler

Director of Special Education/NCLB