• Special Education

    Suzanne Korngold Suzanne Korngold
    Director of Special Education
    34 School Street
    Watkinsville, GA 30677
    706.769.5130, ext. 1202


    Gov. Kemp, GaDOE: Applications Now Open for Families of Children with Special Needs in Private or Home School Programs


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    Parent Toolshed


    What is the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program? What are the LEA’s responsibilities for children receiving the GSNS?
    The GSNS Program is a parental choice program for special needs children attending Georgia public schools who are served under an IEP. More Information about the GSNS Program can be found here.


    Public Notice of Destruction of Records

    The Department of Special Education of Oconee County Schools announces its intention to destroy
    specific data. Records will be destroyed that were collected, maintained, or used in the provision of a free
    appropriate public education for disabled students in Oconee County Schools.
    This notice is in compliance with the system’s comprehensive plan for special education required by P.L.
    Records on students who enrolled in a special education program for the disabled and whose birthdays are
    between January 1, 1999, through December 31, 1999, are no longer needed for education planning
    purposes. These records may be needed by the student or parent(s) for Social Security or other reasons.
    The system plans to destroy these records on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, unless there has been a
    request for a due process hearing, under P.L. 94-142 or a complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights,
    under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 
    If you, as the student or parent(s) of the student, desire copies of these records prior to destruction, contact
    the Department of Special Education at (706) 769-5130, ext. 1214. You will be required to produce
    identification or provide verification data.


    Mission Statement

    It is the mission of the Oconee County Department of Special Education and Psychological Services to provide quality special education and psychological programs and services to students, parents, and schools in Oconee County. The Department is committed to providing the assistance needed to ensure that students with disabilities are receiving the most appropriate services possible.

    The Oconee County Department of Special Education provides services to students ages 3-21 who are eligible for special education and related services. All students with disabilities have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, with their non-disabled peers, as appropriate. The type and degree of services provided are determined through the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    District and Support Staff

    Oconee County Primary School
    April Reed
    Department Chair / Speech-Language Pathologist
    Oconee County Elementary School
    Erin Carroll
    Department Chair

    Susan Hogan
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Colham Ferry Elementary School
    Jennifer Simpson
    Department Chair  
    Paula Bargfrede
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Anna Ray
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Dove Creek Elementary School
    Mary Joyner
    Department Chair
    Wendy Harrison
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Malcom Bridge Elementary School
    Erin Beaver
    Department Chair  
    Jamie Caraway
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Rocky Branch Elementary School
    Jennifer Jones
    Department Chair and Speech-Language Pathologist 
    High Shoals Elementary School
    Jessica Brown
    Department Chair  

    Christine Smith
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Oconee County Middle School
    Casey Radford
    Department Chair  
    Susan Hogan
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Malcom Bridge Middle School
    Shannon Dupree
    Department Chair
    Jamie Caraway
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Oconee County High School
    Richard Wehunt
    Department Chair  
    Susan Hogan
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    North Oconee High School
    Laurinda Freeland
    Department Chair
    Christine Smith
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    District Office
    Kimberly Griffith
    Instructional Specialist
    Michael Williams
    Instructional Specialist
    Paula Bargfrede
    Pre-K Community Speech-Language Pathologist
    Crystal LeDuff
    Psychologist for DCES, MBES, RBES, and NOHS
    Suzanne Crumpton
    Psychologist for OCPS, OCES, and OCHS
    Scott Eversole
    Psychologist for CFES, HSES, MBMS, and OCMS
    Vicki Hilpp
    Jennifer Reno
    Special Education Secretary
    706.769.5130, ext 1214