The special services department provides a continuum of services throughout the district to serve students with a variety of needs. Each building offers Collaborative Services to students within the general education classroom. The district also offers services within the special education setting for students with more significant needs. Each school also has speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological, and social work related services.

Jason Gambill
Director of Special Services

Christie Vescogni
Special Education Coordinator

Rose Holcomb
Special Services Secretary



Telephone: (309) 427-5127
Fax: (309) 306-7558

Community Resources - A collection of commnity resources available to residents of East Peoria and surrounding areas with helpful information on counseling, hospitals, doctors, dentists, crisis resources, and other miscellaneous community resources.

Web resources - Resources and activities for parents, teachers, and students. K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 links tie to the general curriculum, which is our ultimate goal for special education students, so many of those links are very appropriate. Also included are links more specific to some of our special education students. These are under Subject Areas and Special Ed.

Autism Speaks - Dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders as well as funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments of autism.

AIMSweb - Reading, math, and writing probes and data management system

NWEA - Northwest Evaluation Association website for MAP assessment

Auditory and Language Processing - Information about auditory and language processing disorders (Created by Mrs. Hagedorn and Mrs. Robbins)

Jason Gambill 

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Director of Special Services


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Assistant Director of Special Services


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Social Worker

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Special School Bus Route Information:

Who is Special Transportation Available For?
Special transportation will be provided for students who are eligible because of their disability or the location of their program. Otherwise they will ride the regular school bus or walk to school. Curb to curb bus service is arranged by the Transportation Dept. for students who need it. School bus safety standards are always followed.

When will your child's bus ride start?
Every effort is made to arrange transportation as quickly as possible. It takes an average of three (3) working days for the school bus ride to be arranged. Parents may be asked to transport their child for a maximum of two weeks.

If you move, will your child ride the same bus?
An address change may require a bus change. Parents should call the Special Services Office in advance to give them the date you are moving, the new address and phone number. If you move into a new school district, transportation will no longer be provided for your child.

What if a student is picked up and dropped off at an address other than their home?
Bus routes can allow for one address for the pick-up and one address for the drop-off, five (5) days a week. One-day changes cannot be made. Try to keep the day care address close to home.

Can the pick-up and drop-off time change from day to day?
Special education school bus routes vary according to the needs of each student riding. Allow for a 5 to 10 minute leeway both morning and afternoon. Be ready and watching for the school bus five (5) minutes before it's scheduled to arrive. The school bus waits momentarily for the student and will not honk.

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a system for providing the appropriate education to all students, both general and special education. In years past, the only option for providing assistance to students with different needs was special education, but through RtI, students receive assistance before the needs are so great that special education services are required. If this assistance is not enough to meet the student's needs, special education services may then be provided.

RTI for Success- Good information on Response to Intervention

In an effort to provide a high quality education for our students, District #86 has elected to begin an SEL program. The focus is to help students identify and process their emotions in productive ways, form healthy relationships, and make wise choices.

Students will learn 5 core SEL skills:
- Self Awareness
- Social Awareness
- Self-Management
- Relationship skills
- Responsible decision-making

Research shows that mastery of these skills improves student's readiness to learn, classroom behavior, academic performance, and social development. The evidence for this is so compelling that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has developed social and emotional learning standards, which mandates that all public school districts teach these skills. The following is a list of the skills that are emphasized at each grade level along with specific activities that parents and teachers can do to address them:

For students to be eligible for special education services, they must exhibit an educational disability as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act of 2004. Eligibility for special education is only determined after an evaluation. Students may be eligible for special education under one of the following categories: Autism, Cognitive Disability, Deaf/Blindness, Deafness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech-Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Visual Impairment/Blindness.

TMCSEA- Eligibility Criteria

Common Acronyms

Parent Rights