Special Education

The Wilmington Area School District is a caring and educational community that is sensitive to individual differences and provides a continuum of services and programs for grades K-12 to ensure the unique individual needs of the students are met, preparing them to reach their potential and to become responsible contributors to society. The District supports an inclusive rationale that recognizes students’ individual learning differences, strengths and/or needs and provides a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all exceptional students according to federal, state, and district policy.

The Wilmington Area School District professional staff constantly strives to improve the quality of the curriculum and instruction presented to our students. The District is proud of the co-teaching model that has been incorporated and promotes the least restrictive environment in order to educate as many special education students within our district as possible.

The District, in conjunction with Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and other contracted services and agencies, provides services for children identified as having special needs. Parents of a child recommended for special education are involved throughout the screening and evaluation process, as well as in the development of an individualized education program (IEP) for their child. In all facets of the Special Education Program, we encourage you, the parent, to participate in team meetings, to assist with the development of goals for your child and to be included in decisions regarding your child’s programming.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Special Education Department. We want to provide the best possible education for your children to prepare them for the future. We can make a difference by working together, accepting, believing, and caring, because every child is a special child.

Director of Special Education
Michael Conglose
(724) 656-8866 x 6502

School Psychologist
Dr. Michael O’Donovan
(724) 656-8866 x 6504

Special Education Secretary
Mrs. Julie Shenker
(724) 656-8866 x 6503