Director of Special Education
34 School Street
Watkinsville, GA 30677
706.769.5130, ext. 1202
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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.
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 SchoolApril ReedDepartment Chair / Speech-Language Pathologist Oconee County Elementary SchoolErin CarrollDepartment Chair
Colham Ferry Elementary SchoolJennifer SimpsonDepartment ChairPaula BargfredeSpeech-Language PathologistSpeech-Language Pathologist Dove Creek Elementary SchoolMary JoynerDepartment ChairWendy HarrisonSpeech-Language Pathologist Malcom Bridge Elementary SchoolErin BeaverDepartment ChairJamie CarawaySpeech-Language Pathologist Rocky Branch Elementary SchoolJennifer JonesDepartment Chair and Speech-Language Pathologist High Shoals Elementary SchoolJessica BrownDepartment Chairjbrown@oconeeschools.org
Christine SmithSpeech-Language Pathologist
Oconee County Middle SchoolCasey RadfordDepartment ChairMalcom Bridge Middle SchoolShannon DupreeDepartment ChairJamie CarawaySpeech-Language Pathologist Oconee County High SchoolRichard WehuntDepartment Chair North Oconee High SchoolLaurinda FreelandDepartment ChairChristine SmithSpeech-Language Pathologist District OfficeKimberly GriffithInstructional SpecialistMichael WilliamsInstructional SpecialistPaula BargfredePre-K Community Speech-Language PathologistCrystal LeDuffPsychologist for DCES, MBES, RBES, and NOHSSuzanne CrumptonPsychologist for OCPS, OCES, and OCHSscrumpton@oconeeschools.orgScott EversolePsychologist for CFES, HSES, MBMS, and OCMSVicki HilppParent Mentor
email@example.comJennifer RenoSpecial Education Secretaryjreno@oconeeschools.org
706.769.5130, ext 1214