Special Education

Special Education

Director of Special Education: Sharon O’Donnoghue       Supervisor of Special Education: Sara Larkin
Administrative Assistant: Diane Aouad                                 Administrative Assistant: Erna Povlakic
Special Education Pupil Accounting: Terri Conley            Clerk: Kim Boynton 

The special education department serves eligible students who meet the following:

  1. Have a disability as defined in the MI Special Education Rules and Regulations that;
  2. Has an adverse impact on the student’s educational progress and;
  3. Requires specialized instruction through special education programs or services. (Specialized instruction includes methodologies, strategies, or timelines beyond those provided within general education that cannot be reasonably implemented by general education staff.)

Kentwood Public Schools identifies students under the eligibility of Specific Learning Disability by using a pattern of strengths and weaknesses.  Decision rules for determining a pattern of strengths and weaknesses can be obtained by contacting the Special Education Office at 616-554-3980.

It is the mission of the Kentwood Public Schools Special Education Department to provide excellence and equity in education. Our goal is for all students with special needs to master essential skills and become successful, productive citizens.


Child Find activities are provided by Kentwood Public Schools to assure we meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA).  IDEA requires identification and evaluation of all children (0-25) residing in the State of Michigan who are suspected of having a disability that may affect their educational performance and who are in need of special education and/or related services.  This includes children with disabilities who are homeless or are wards of the State and children with disabilities attending private schools regardless of the severity of their disability.  If you feel your child may have a disability that prohibits him/her from succeeding educationally, please contact your child’s building administrator or the Special Education Office at 616-554-3980.

Resource Links:

SE Acronyms and Glossary of Terms

Michigan Department of Education - Office of Special Education

Michigan Department of Education - Family Resources

Parent Advisors for Special Education - Kent County

Parent Handbook with Procedural Safeguards