Who:   Moms of children ages birth to 8

              with special needs

When:  April 25 – 27, 2014

Where:  Arena of Dreams Therapeutic
                 Riding Center, Hanover IL,
                 Downtown Galena IL,
                 Galena Territories

What:    Relax and rejuvenate with other
                 moms who share common
                 experiences raising children with
                 special needs.

Your $50 registration fee includes Friday dinner, Friday and Saturday night accommodations, Saturday meals, over-night stay, Sunday breakfast and all educational materials, entertainment, and basic craft supplies. 

Contact Person:  Rose Slaght 815-222-0659

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Registration: Patti Mook

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LCSEA Board Meetings

Lee County Special Education Association
1335 Franklin Grove Rd

Board of Control Meetings

12:30 pm    July 17, 2012
12:30 pm    August 21, 2012
12:30 pm    September 18, 2012
12:30 pm    October 16,2012
12:30 pm    November 20, 2012
12:30 pm    December 18, 2012
12:30 pm    January 15 2013
12:30 pm    February 19, 2013
12:30 pm    March 19, 2013
12:30 pm    April 16, 2013
12:30 pm    May 14, 2013
12:30 pm    June 18, 2013

LRE Information

LRE, referring to the least restrictive environment method of student placement, requires that, to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities aged 3 through 21, in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled [34 C.F.R. §300.550 (b)(1)]. The ISBE will monitor programs and institutions that serve students withdisabilities to ensure that the first placement option considered is a regular education environment, with the use of supplemental aids and services as needed. Special classes, separate schooling, or other placements by which students with disabilities are removed from the regular education environment should occur only if the student's Individual Educational Program ("IEP") team determines that the  nature or severity of the disability is such that education in a regular classroom setting, even with the use of supplemental aids and services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

(resource Illinois State Board of Education

 For more information on Least Restrictive Environment please go to and click on Special Education Services -under Resources -Topics A-Z. There is an LRE Code Determination Manual and ISBE's LRE  policy for you to review.

Homeless Information

Working to eliminate barriers for homeless children and ensuring a free, appropriate public education.

Who is homeless?  Anyone who, due to a lack of housing, lives:

  • In a shelter
  • In a motel
  • In a vehicle
  • In a campground
  • On the street
  • Doubled up with relatives or friends

Where can homeless children and youth attend school?

  • The school in which the child or youth was last enrolled (school of origin).

The school in the attendance area where the child or youth is temporarily living.What is needed to enroll a student in Dixon Public Schools?

  • Parents, guardians, or caregivers should go to the appropriate school to get the child enrolled immediately.
  • If a child is enrolled in Dixon Public Schools, contact the building representative listed below to let them know of your current circumstances.
  • School personnel will work with you to obtain the necessary documents needed for Illinois public school students. NO student will be denied access for not having appropriate documentation.

Can students experiencing homelessness be denied enrollment if the parent/guardian does not have proof of residency?

  • No. The parent/guardian will sign an affidavit stating that the family is staying in temporary accommodations. 

What if the parent/guardian does not have the school records for a child experiencing homelessness?

  • The child/youth will be enrolled in school until the records arrive.
  • Our school nurses will work to obtain the student's immunization records from the previous school or wherever they may be located.
  • School secretaries will work to obtain the student?s transcript information from the previous school.

This is a difficult and unpredictable time in the life of homeless youth and families. We will do everything we can to make sure the education of your child remains constant.


District Homeless Liaison (Grades K-12)
Phone: 284-7722 extension 5107
Mrs. Margo Empen




Lincoln Elementary (Grades 2-3)
Phone: 284-7726
Principal: Mr. Dan Rick
School Counselor: Mrs. Shari Eddinger
Secretary: Mrs. Betty Leslie


Reagan Middle School (Grades 5-8)
Phone: 284-7725
Principal: Mr. Andy Bullock
School Counselor for grades 5 & 6: Mrs. Deanna Dreoge
School Counselor for grades 7 & 8: Mrs. Eva Langloss
Secretary: Mrs. Adona Zimmerman

Washington Elementary (Grades K-1)
Phone: 284-7727
Principal: Mr. Jeff Gould
School Social Worker: Mrs. Pam Maas
Secretary: Mrs. Nancy Wadsworth


Jefferson Elementary (Grade 4)
Phone: 284-7724
Principal: Mr. Joey Sagel
School Social Worker: Mrs. Michelle Spinden
Secretary: Mrs. Jane Gascoigne


Dixon High School (Grades 9-12)
Phone: 284-7723
Principal: Mr. Mike Grady
School Counselor: Mrs. Barb Hermes
School Counselor: Mr. Steve Hodson
School Counselor: Ms. Paula Durband
Secretary: Mrs. Linda Loescher



The Arc of Illinois

The Arc of Illinois offers:

¨ Information and referral Services
¨ Health-related training opportunities for families, youth and professional helpers
¨ Specialized training for parent leaders and organizations
¨ Linkages to local, regional, statewide and national partners

They can answer questions such as:

1. How can I get health insurance for my child with special needs?
2. How can my child's health needs be taken care of during the school day?
3. How can I help my teenager with special needs get ready for the future?
Call toll free: 1-866-931-1110 or visit their website at for more information!