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Special Education

What is Special Education?
 
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) defines special education as, "Specially designed instruction, provided at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability."
 
Huntington Beach City School District's mission is to develop and provide quality instructional programs to students with disabilities.  It is our goal for all students to achieve academically, socially and emotionally.
 
Huntington Beach City School District is part of a five district Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).  The West Orange County Consortium for Special Education (WOCCSE) includes:
  • Ocean View School District
  • Fountain Valley School District
  • Westminster School District
  • Huntington Beach City School District
  • Huntington Beach Union High School District
 
These five districts have joined together to provide special education programs and services to students with special needs.  
 
 
Special Education Administrative Team
 
Parent & Staff Assistance
Members of the administrative team are available to assist parents and staff.  Program Specialists oversee all special education programs on their assigned campuses.  Please use the information below to determine which Program Specialist can best assist you; however, all members of the administrative team are available to assist you.
 
Director
The special education administrative team is led by the Directors of Special Education, Dr. Cathy Cornwall and Stacy Wheat. They are responsible for the special education program and can be reached by e-mail at ccornwall@hbcsd.us, swheat@hbcsd.us or by telephone at 714-378-2045.
 
Program and Autism Program Specialists
The HBCSD Program Specialists observe, consult with, and assist special education staff and parents as they navigate the special education process.  They plan programs, coordinate curricular resources, and evaluate effectiveness of programs for individuals with special needs.  In addition, they provide professional and program development related to the special methods and approaches of providing special education services. Staff members in these assignments are administrators who have expertise in various areas of specialization within special education and attend challenging Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings when requested or required.  The program and autism specialists provide guidance, consultation and support to staff assigned to their campuses as indicated below.
 
Program Specialists Assignments 
Jonathan Ellis, Program Specialist
Seacliff, Moffett, Perry, and Peterson Elementary Schools, and Sowers Middle School
jellis@hbcsd.us or 714-378-2074
 
Dr. Ingrid Jaimes, Autism Program Specialist
Eader, Hawes, & Smith Elementary Schools, Dwyer Middle School, & Preschool Services
ijaimes@hbcsd.us or 714-378-2048
  
Behavior Intervention Supervisor
Brittany Baker
bbaker@hbcsd.us or 714-378-2047
 
Administrative Secretary
Linda Stame
lstame@hbcsd.us or 714-378-2046
 
Student Services Department Assistant
Jill Ulriksen
julriksen@hbcsd.us or 714-378-2049
 
WOCCSE Superintendents' Council
 
 
Meeting Schedule 2016-2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meeting Agendas
 
2016-2017
 
2015-2016