Southern Minnesota 

Education Consortium

The SMEC Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 9 AM in the SMEC offices located at:  203 2nd ST NW , Adams, MN

· Programming needs

· Staffing

· Federal budget

· Staff development

· 3rd Party Billing

· Curricula / Testing      

  resources

· Manage all special    

  education programs

· Extended School Year (ESY)

· Federal Dispute Resolution


District Responsibilities 


· House level I, II, and III    

  programs

· Hold teacher contracts

· Building specific staff  

  development


Shared Responsibilities

· 
Transportation

· Teacher observations

· State funding

· Early childhood screening

· Teacher Assistance Team

  (TAT)

· 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.

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    

  programs. 

· 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