Special Education

The Woodmore Local School District provides free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all resident students with special needs from ages three to 21, as required by federal law. Woodmore Schools offers a wide-range of Special Education programs and services. To receive special education services, a student must first be evaluated and meet state criteria. Once qualified, an Individual Education Program (IEP) is developed for the student. Students are served in the least restrictive environment possible, based on their individual needs. Parents meet with the district staff annually to determine appropriate educational goals and services.

Woodmore also participates in mandated Child Find procedures, which requires the district to locate, evaluate and identify resident children suspected of having a disability. Screenings are available to preschool-age children who are suspected of having developmental delays. For children age birth to 36 months, contact resident county Help Me Grow office (Sandusky—419-334-6314, Ottawa—567-262-3141). For children age three to five, please contact the district directly by calling Carla Smith, Director of Special Education (419-862-1070 ex. 2790).

Carla Smith

Special Education Director

419-862-1070 ex. 2790


Hannah Purk

School Psychologist

419-862-1070 ex. 2070


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The State of Ohio, the Governor, the Ohio Department of Education, and other state-level defendants to a class action lawsuit have reached a proposed settlement and have requested our District's assistance in informing students and parents of the proposed settlement. A link to the settlement is below. To be clear, our District is not a defendant in this lawsuit and is not accused of any wrongdoing in this lawsuit. We are sharing this information as a courtesy to the Ohio Department of Education and our community. Please read the original Notice for further details. Any questions should be directed to the Department’s Office of the Chief Legal Counsel at (614) 752-5807.

Parent Notification of Scholarship Programs for Students with Disabilities:

Your child may be eligible for a scholarship under the Autism Scholarship Program or the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program to attend a special education program that implements the child's individualized education program and that is operated by an alternative public provider or by a registered private provider. Information on scholarship programs are available from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) web site at this link www.education.ohio.gov.

  • For information on the Autism Scholarship, search Autism Scholarship Program

  • For information on the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, search Jon Peterson Scholarship

Additional Special Education Resources for parents and caregivers of students with disabilities.