Exceptional Child Education

Welcome to the Exceptional Child Education webpage.

This site provides information about special education services at Anchorage School.  Contact Kristy Clark, Director of Special Education, with any questions you may have about the ECE program at Anchorage.


  • Rachel Benavidez
    Rachel is the Speech-Language Pathologist at Anchorage School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Rank I certification through Western Kentucky University. Before coming to Anchorage School, she lived and worked in Hardin County. Rachel has 16 years of experience in the field of speech therapy working with children ranging in age from toddler all the way up through high school.
  • Kim George (K-3)
  • Martha Heightchew (4/5)
    Martha is an ECE Teacher at Anchorage School.  She has taught special education since 1984 in several different counties throughout Kentucky, and currently works with 4th and 5th grade students who receive ECE services through an Individual Education Program (IEP).  Martha provides services which are carried out either in a pull-out setting in the resource classroom or in a co-teaching environment in the general education classroom.  She collaborate with general education teachers and related service staff to ensure IEPs are being implemented across all settings. 
  • Casey Sentz (5-7)
  • Steve Stewart (7/8)
  • Johnna Woodward (6)

Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) was originally passed in 1975 and most recently reauthorized in 2007.  This act guides states in the provision of special education services for students with educational disabilities.

The Anchorage Independent School District has adopted local district procedures that describe how the school will implement services for students with disabilities.  The Anchorage Independent School Exceptional Child Procedures are approved by the Anchorage Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education. (Link to AISD Procedures)

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)    

Anchorage Independent School District provides a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities (ages 3-21) who reside in the Anchorage School District.  Special education services are at no cost to parents.

Disability Categories                                                                                                      

IDEA sets forth 13 categories of educational disabilities.  A student may be eligible in one or more areas of disability.

  1. Autism
  2. Developmental Delay (DD)
  3. Deaf/Blind
  4. Emotional Behavior Disability (EBD)
  5. Hearing Impairment (HI)
  6. Multiple Disability (MD)
  7. Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  8. Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  9. Mental Disability 1. Mild Mental Disability (MMD) 2. Functional Mental Disability (FMD)
  10. Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  11. Speech and Language Impairment (SLI)
  12. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  13. Visual Impairment (VI)

Related Services

Services are available to all students meeting eligibility in one or more of the 13 disability categories.  Related services are also available based on individual student needs.  Examples are related services include:

  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • speech/language services
  • transportation
  • interpreting services

Child Find

Anchorage Independent School District includes the involvement of parents and the community in the Child Find process.  Child Find is a system to locate, evaluate and identify students with disabilities living in the Anchorage School District.

Admissions and Release Committee                                                                                                                        

The Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) is the decision making committee for students with disabilities.  Members of an ARC include the parent(s) of the student, a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and ARC Chairperson, and other members as appropriate.

Individual Education Program (IEP)

The ARC develops an Individual Education Program (IEP) for a student who meets eligibility for one or more of the disability areas.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards

As the parent of a child who may receive special education services, you have certain rights that are guaranteed by federal law: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  These rights include your right to participate in meetings dealing with the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of your child and the provision of a free appropriate public education.

Please click here to see the federal Special Education Procedural Safeguards.

Crusade For Children
Anchorage School is proud to be a WHAS Crusade for Children grant recipient. For more information of the WHAS Crusade for Children, please visit their website by clicking here.

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Contact Information

Kristy Clark Director of Special Education