Services to Member Districts

NLSEC districts share the following educational services:

  • Positions FTE

➢ Special Education Director 1.0

➢ Business manager 1.0

➢ Administrative assistant 1.0

➢ Receptionist/Secretary .8

➢ Secondary transition planning coordinator 1.0

➢ Early childhood coordinator/Child find 1.0

➢ Special education due process coordinators 3.0

➢ Vision teacher 1.0

➢ Autism consultants 2.0

➢ Deaf/hard of hearing teachers 2.0

➢ Educational Audiologist .8

➢ Physical health disability teacher 1.0

➢ Technology coordinator .9

➢ Occupational therapists 4.0

➢ Physical therapists 2.6

➢ Work Experience coordinators 2.0

  • Services to address goals of the Priorities and Indicators in the Minnesota Special Education Performance Plan.

  • Implementation of federal and state special education mandates.

  • Technical assistance to educators, families and community agencies.

  • IEP development, assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning support to district staff.

  • Comprehensive interagency planning services for children and youth ages 0­21.

  • Staff development for special and general education staff, administrators and county personnel as it pertains to special education.

  • Systems that provide students with successful transition experiences from 0­2 to preschool, from preschool to elementary school, from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school and high school to adult living.

  • Work experiences coordination for eligible high school students with disabilities.

  • Educational occupational and physical therapy services.

  • Low incidence disability services: vision, deaf/hard of hearing, autism, physical impaired.

  • Birth through 2 child find.

  • Data collection and reporting support.

  • Special education finance and budget.


Data Collection

  • Monitor student IEP and evaluation data for accuracy.

  • Provide districts with information on caseloads, disabilities, amount of service provided and student enrollment projections.

  • Complete and submit required state reports. Compile child count composite by district.

  • Verify MARSS data and follow-­up on discrepancies.

  • Collect data, as directed by the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative Agreement and Board members.


Communication Services

  • Director meets formally with the following groups to update, disseminate and receive information related to special education:

➢ Cooperative Board ­ five times per year

➢ Interagency Council – five times per year

➢ Work Based Learning staff – four times per year

➢ Cooperative Social Workers – twice per year

➢ Cooperative Principals ­- at least twice per year

➢ Cooperative District Psychologists – five times per year

➢ Cooperative District Coordinators – once per month

➢ Cooperative District Counselors – twice per year

➢ Cooperative District Nurses – three times per year.

➢ Cooperative District wide Business Managers – three times per year.

➢ NLSEC itinerate staff ­ four times per year.

➢ NLSEC Parent Advisory Committee – five times per year.

  • Publish quarterly Interagency Special Connections newsletter

  • Maintain Cooperative web page.

  • Process student service agreements for all non­resident students attending


Cooperative districts.

  • Coordinate with district MARSS coordinators to assure special education reporting accuracy.


Finance and Tuition Billing

  • Track and report federal and state expenditures for each district and enter into EDRS and SERVS.

  • Provide state and federal NLSEC budget information to districts three times each year.

  • Process contracts for service and monitor expenses and licenses of providers.

  • Maintain a record of teacher license expiration dates. Notify district administration and teachers as needed.

  • Complete and file yearly state Special Education Application for state and federal aid.

  • Maintain a personnel file for all teachers in the NLSEC districts to include a copy of current license and resume.

  • Review all state reports for accuracy and follow up with discrepancies.


Legal Issues

  • Coordinate and facilitate the MDE Special Education Compliance and Assistance monitoring process.

  • Conduct yearly compliance reviews in each district.

  • Assist Cooperative districts with dispute resolution.

  • Attend meetings to resolve legal conflicts.

  • Investigate and process all formal complaints involving NLSEC districts and The Minnesota Department of Education Division of Compliance and Assistance.

  • Maintain current knowledge of special education law and report updates/changes to district personnel and NLSEC Parent Advisory Committee.

  • Maintain/monitor the NLSEC Total Special Education Systems Policies and Procedures Manual.

  • Interpret special education rules and regulations for district staff and parents.


Medical Assistance Billing

  • Assist Cooperative districts to maximize reimbursement of MA funds for health related IEP services.

  • Process and monitor all district medical assistance claims.

  • Provide superintendents with quarterly medical assistance revenue statements.

  • Monitor consent forms for expired insurance forms, process third party.

  • Train special education staff on the medical assistance billing process.


Interagency Planning and Implementation

  • Coordinate interagency planning and implementation efforts with the twelve districts and five counties within the Special Education Cooperative.

  • Participate with Interagency Council members to train disability stakeholders on the interagency planning process.


Other Services

  • Assist Cooperative districts with the hiring of special education staff.

  • Prepare and present reports to school boards as requested by Cooperative superintendents.

  • Type and process vacancy notices and advertise for vacant positions.

  • Apply for Variance or Provisional License as needed for staff.

  • Assist districts to comply with statute provisions as related to special education.

  • Prepare special education workload studies and staff recommendations upon

request from districts.


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