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Special Education

It is the mission and vision of the Grinnell-Newburg School District that every student to become a lifelong learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community, and is achieving at his or her maximum potential in an engaging, inspiring, and challenging learning environment.  Our Special Education services are geared toward fulfilling that mission and vision, by providing a system for delivering instructional services including a full continuum of services and placements to address the needs of eligible individuals.


Every five years the Grinnell Newburg School District, in collaboration with parents and AEA personnel, review the special education delivery plan. If you have questions regarding the plan or special education services in the district, please contact Dr. Melissa Ford, Director of Special Programs and Special Education, at melissa.ford@grinnell-k12.org, 641-236-2656.


Special Ed Plan

Please click on the following links for more information:
Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents
Special Education Delivery Plan

i3IDEA site - This website is a resource about special education in Iowa for families and educators. 

District Special Education Teachers:
Bailey Park Elementary
Cami Drake - cami.drake@grinnell-k12.org
Paige Smith - paige.smith@grinnell-k12.org
Fairview Elementary
Jan Phifer - jan.phifer@grinnell-k12.org
Andrea Zhorne - andrea.zhorne@grinnell-k12.org
Mandy Losing - amanda.losing@grinnell-k12.org
Aly Edelen- alyson.edelen@grinnell-k12.org
Rita Mertens - rita.mertens@grinnell-k12.org 
Davis Elementary
Cherrill Oxenford - cherrill.oxenford@grinnell-k12.org
Justin White - justin.white@grinnell-k12.org
Middle School
Darius Payvandi - darius.payvandi@grinnell-k12.org
Dr. Sheri Senter - sheri.senter@grinnell-k12.org 

Brandon Sharp - brandon.sharp@grinnell-k12.org

High School
Jennifer VanderLeest - jen.vanderleest@grinnell-k12.org