Comprehensive Special Education Services

  • New London-Spicer (NLS) Schools provides inclusive and comprehensive special education services for students with disabilities from birth through 22 years of age. Federal and state laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and MN Rules Chapter 3525 require that NLS Schools ensure students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

    Special education is instruction, specific to the child, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. It is important to note: Students with disabilities are general education students first. They receive special education support services in conjunction with the general education curriculum. Special education is an instructional service, not a place.

    Special education services are available to address the educational needs of students that are identified through a comprehensive special education evaluation with one or more of the following disabling conditions:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Blind/Visual Impairment
    • Deaf-Blind
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    • Developmental Cognitive Disability
    • Developmental Delay (Early Childhood)
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disorder
    • Other Health Disabilities
    • Physical Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech/Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Severely Multiply Impaired

    For more information about special education in Minnesota, visit:

    The Total Special Education System (TSES) is a summary of procedures for NLS special education services.

    The Restrictive Procedures Plan outlines NLS Schools procedures for implementing the use of restrictive procedures when an emergency situation exists.

For more information, please contact:

  • Hannah Hanson, Director of Special Education
    320.354.2252  Ext. 2442

    If you suspect your child is not progressing in their education and may have one of the disabling conditions, please contact the following special education coordinators:

    Sarah Goelz
    For Prairie Meadows (Birth-Preschool Age) 

    Sara Weis
    For Prairie Woods (Kindergarten-Grade 4)

    Paula Turnquist
    For NLS Middle School (Grades 5-8)

    Amy Shimek
    For NLS High School (Grades 9-12)