Special Education Task Force

The Special Education Task Force is charged with examining our current K-12 special education model as well as the findings of other reviews and complaint proceedings and other applicable documents and data. The task force will make recommendations to the superintendent regarding steps to implement changes over multiple years to the district's special education services.

Annually, the task force will reconvene to review the progress made in the prior academic year, report progress to the school board, and develop the following year’s detailed plan for submission to the Richland School Board by March 1 each year.

Task Force Members

Membership applications are open until 5 p.m. on July 26. Members will be selected by the Richland School Board in August.

  • Parents (12)
  • Special Education Teachers (6)
  • General Education Teachers (2)
  • Principals (2)
  • Richland School Board Member (1)
  • REA Board Member (1)
  • PSE Board Member (1)
  • Assistant Superintendent (1)
  • Special Education Administrator (1)
  • Community Agency (1)
  • Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Administrator (1)
  • Itinerant Staff Member (1)

Meeting Schedule

  • Sept. 9, 2019, 8 a.m.: Develop group norms, review background information and best practices
  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 3:45 p.m.: Survey Analysis
  • Nov. 11, 2019 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • Nov. 21, 2019 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 19, 2019 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • Jan. 16, 2020 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • Feb. 13, 2020 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • Feb. 27, 2020 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • March 26, 2020 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • April 16, 2020 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • April 30, 2020 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • May 21, 2019 @ 3:45 p.m.: Finalize recommendations to Superintendent
  • May 30, 2019 @ 3:45 p.m.: Submit final recommendations to Superintendent

Outreach Team

The Special Education Task Force Outreach Team will include all community members interested in the work of the task force and want to provide input. Meetings are tentatively scheduled to be in the gym at Marcus Whitman Elementary. Location and dates of meetings are subject to change.

Tentative Meeting Schedule

  • Oct. 17, 2019 @ 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 5, 2019 @ 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 30, 2020 @ 6 p.m.
  • March 12, 2020 @ 6 p.m.
  • May 7, 2020 @ 6 p.m.