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Special Education

CETE Ohio Family Survey

Springboro Schools invites you to participate in this Special Education Family Survey. The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, in partnership with the Ohio State University, has selected Springboro Schools to participate in this year’s survey. Only the parents or caregivers of a child receiving special education services are eligible to participate. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

You can access the survey via this link: CETE Ohio Family Survey

Additionally, in an effort to receive adequate representation of the perspective of all families, including our minority populations, the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce has provided this VIDEO.

This CETE Ohio Family Survey will be open until May 7, 2024.

About Us

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that makes available to children with disabilities a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Springboro Schools provides a continuum of special education programs and services. Children ages 3-21, who are identified in the public school system as a child with a disability, are eligible for these services and supported through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).


  • All special needs students will be successful to their fullest potential.
  • All special needs students will participate in the least restrictive learning environment.
  • Teachers, staff, students, and families will take personal responsibility for meeting the individual needs of students to ensure success in academics and social areas throughout their entire school experience.

Child Find

Search for Children with Disabilities
School districts throughout Ohio including the Springboro Community City School District are participating in an effort to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities from age 3 through age 21. Children with disabilities include those suspected as being multi-handicapped, autistic, traumatic brain injury, hearing handicapped, visually handicapped, orthopedic ally and/or other health handicapped, severe behavior handicapped, developmentally handicapped, specific learning disabled, and speech and language handicapped. Many children with disabilities are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream of the community. Also, many unidentified children with disabilities are of preschool age. Parents may not be aware that programs and services are available for children from age 3 through age 21.

Anyone knowing of a child with a disability living in the Springboro Community City School District attendance area should contact the Special Education Dept. at 937-748-3960.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

As part of its celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education has a website designed to connect teachers and families with resources to assist them in supporting the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of students as they become college and career readiness.

IDEAs that Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success

Special Education Funds

Local Education Agencies (LEA's) receive funds annually through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and through federal and state grants. Our district provides an opportunity for public comment on the use of these funds with a form provided below.

Understanding Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a systematic way of supporting students who struggle. It is not a specific program or type of teaching, but rather a data-driven approach to proactively intervene and support students. Interventions may be implemented at various levels or tiers depending on the student's need. Once a specific area of need is identified, a child's classroom teacher may implement a research-based intervention themselves or rely on other educators in the building, such as a reading intervention teacher, to provide the needed interventions. Throughout the RTI process, data is collected regarding the student's progress in the identified area of need. Students may move fluidly in and out of RTI as interventions are successful in closing learning gaps or as new areas of need are identified. Students can participate in RTI for as long as necessary, especially when data supports that the student is continuing to make progress. RTI is not a special education program, but it does play an important role in helping teams identify students who are not responding to classroom interventions and may need more intensive specially designed instruction to make progress. 

If your child is having difficulty in school, please contact your child's teacher.


Director of Special Education
(937) 748-3960 ext. 6007
Nicki Dravenstott
Elementary Special Education Coordinator
(937) 748-3960 ext. 2071
Andrea Cook 
Jill Mooney
Secondary Special Education Coordinator
(937) 748-3960 ext. 2022

Kathleen Fleischauer
Administrative Assistant
(937) 748-3960 ext. 2075