Axtell I.S.D. Special Education Program Purpose

The Axtell Independent School District strives to provide appropriate programs for all students. The district provides facilities, personnel, and supportive services to aid students in learning at the pace and in the manner most appropriate for their capabilities. Dedicated educators continually strive to plan, establish, and implement special education programs which meet the needs of the growing community. As the needs of the population change, AISD modifies programs to meet student needs

Records Requests- Axtell Campuses

To request special education records for a student transferring from our Axtell Elementary, Middle School, or High School campuses, please contact Patricia Dancer, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Programs, by phone at (254) 863-5301 ext 352 or email at

Records Requests- Waco Center for Youth Campus

To request special education records for a student transferring from our Waco Center for Youth Campus, please contact Paula Wessel, Waco Center for Youth Student Records Clerk, by phone at (254) 745-5388 or email

Contact Information

Special Programs Office Phone Number: 254-863-5301 ext 352

Records and General Program Information:

Patricia Dancer, Administrative Assistant to the Special Programs Department, Special Programs Records Clerk-

Program Supervision and Accountability Information:

Lacy Hollingsworth, Director of Special Programs-

Testing/Evaluation and Transition Information:

*DeAnn Engholm, Educational Diagnostician-

*Transition/Employment Services Designee

Child-Centered Process

Students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21, residing within Axtell I.S.D. boundaries, may be eligible for special education services. Parents, teachers, and other AISD staff may refer these students for a Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE). An Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee determines the student's eligibility and educational need for services based on Texas Education Agency (TEA) eligibility criteria.

Full and Individual Evaluations are available by appropriate referral of students residing within Axtell I.S.D. Evaluation personnel serve each school by administering evaluation, making recommendations for IEP development, and assisting school staff.

In accordance with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), a child with a disability means a child who has one of the following disabilities, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services:

• Orthopedic Impairment • Other Health Impairment • Auditory Impairment • Visual Impairment • Deaf-Blindness • Intellectual Disability • Emotional Disturbance • Specific Learning Disability • Speech/Language Impairment • Autism • Traumatic Brain Injury • Multiple Disabilities • Non-Categorical Early Childhood Disability

Child Find

The special education program in Axtell I.S.D. is ready, willing, and able to serve all eligible students. All children with disabilities residing in the state, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, must be identified, located, and evaluated.

Parental Involvement

Parents are an important resource and support for our students and significantly contribute to their success. Their participation is a vital component of the total educational process. Parents and the school form a team effort to provide quality services to exceptional children.

Private School Students

All state requirements concerning child find, referral, evaluation, and determination of eligibility are applicable.