Southern Minnesota 

Education Consortium

The consortium reviews, and the board approves, the five year plan annually to prioritize needs and resource allocations to the following areas:

· Program Needs– Prioritize organization and remodeling needs of new and existing    


· Staffing –Actively recruit staff to go back to school to gain licensure to prevent gaps         in qualified staff.

· Curriculum Cycle– Member districts pilot and recommend curricula for SMEC to

  purchase.  Includes curricula for math, reading, social skills,  and writing. 

· Paperwork Reduction– Increase efficiency by organizing effective TAT, ECSE

  screenings, assessment templates, and parent  questionnaires. 


5 Year Plan

· Programming needs

· Staffing

· Federal budget

· Staff development

· 3rd Party Billing

· Curricula / Testing      


· Manage all special    

  education programs

· Extended School Year (ESY)

· Federal Dispute Resolution

District Responsibilities 

· House level I, II, and III    


· Hold teacher contracts

· Building specific staff  


Shared Responsibilities


· Teacher observations

· State funding

· Early childhood screening

· Teacher Assistance Team


· Staff Hiring

· Data retention cycle 

SMEC Responsibilities

Consortium Description 

Each school district provides services for federal setting I and II students.  students with more severe needs attend level III programs within the cooperative.  Those programs, and schools that host those programs, are listed below.

Birth - 3 years

Our Birth to 3 year program provides services in the child’s natural environment by our Part C teacher, who works  in each school district in the consortium.

Early Childhood
Each district uses a co-teaching model to provide special education services in the preschool setting. High needs pre-school students attend the Early Childhood programs in Adams and Alden.

CARDS Program
Level III  K-12 Autism, located in Leroy, MN. 

FLIGHT Program
Level III  Elementary Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD) program located in Lyle, MN.

Success Program
Level III Middle/High school EBD program, located in the Southland High school in Adams, MN.

Enrich Program
Level III  Developmental Cognitive Delay (DCD) programs. K-6 is located in Grand Meadow, MN, and 7-12 in Spring Valley.

Next Step
High School transition program for students to practice work skills, and independent living skills in a structured environment to then phase into independence.  These programs are located in Adams, Spring Valley and Alden.