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Hartwell Elementary educator receives award.

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Linda Gray, Hartwell Elementary Paraprofessional, received the esteemed Philip Wright Award on Friday, March 6, 2015,

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Special Needs Scholarship

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Parent Rights Long Form (revised June 2015)

Parent Rights Short Form (revised June 2015)

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Special Education Hart County

Think your child may have Special Needs?

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Help is available FREE...

For more information write or call:

Dr. Sandra Adams, Hart County Special Services
P.O. Box 696 Hartwell, GA 30643
Phone: (706) 376-4209

Or call North Georgia Learning Resources System (toll free):
(889) 818-8113

Serving children ages 3-21...


About Us ...

The Department of Special Education supports the Individual Educational Programs of students ages three through twenty-one years of age who are eligible for special education and related services within the district. The special education services are provided on a continuum from the least restrictive to more restrictive environments and are contingent upon educational needs of the student. The department provides a full array of assessment and special education interventions for students requiring such services. The Department works collaboratively with students, schools, families, and the community to increase student achievement and to promote post-secondary success for all students with disabilities.

Eligibility Categories include:

•Deaf/Hard of Hearing
•Emotional & Behavioral Disorder
•Intellectual Disabilities
•Orthopedic Impairment
•Other Heath Impairment
•Significant Developmental Delay
•Specific Learning Disability
•Speech-Language Impairment
•Traumatic Brain Injury
•Visual Impairment & Blindness

Destruction of Special Education Student’s Inactive File

In accordance with state and federal regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this notice is to inform you of Hart County Charter System’s intent to destroy personally identifiable information related to special education services maintained on students who received special education services under an Individual Education Plan while attending Hart County Schools.  

Please be advised that the records may be needed by you for social security benefits or other purposes. 

If you wish to maintain this information for your personal records, please contact the Special Education Office at (706) 376-4209. Information is destroyed on June 30th of each school year.

Records to be destroyed include:

  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Evaluation Reports - Test Protocols
  • Notices of Action
  • Review of Existing Data Summaries
  • All other personally identifiable information within the Special Education file*

The reason for destruction of the above listed items is because they are no longer needed to provide educational services once the student reaches age 22.

You may contact the special education office at 706-376-4209 for more information.


*The district may maintain a permanent record, without time limitation, of a student’s name, address and phone number, his/her grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed.


Special Education Contacts

Adams, Judy
Administrative Assistant to Special Services Director
Adams, Sandra
Special Services Director

Special Education Psychologists

Hogan, Tiffany
School Psychologist

Hart Co. Special Education office ...

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Special Education General Contact Information...

The Special Education office is located at: 145 Cleveland Avenue, Hartwell, GA 30643 - within the Support Services office. The main office phone number is: 706-376-4209. The fax number is: 706-376-6564 . Click HERE for a map of this location.

Special Education Lead Teachers (By School)

Renee Curry - Hartwell Elementary
Jennifer Smith - North Hart Elementary
Laura Buddenbaum - South Hart Elementary
Earl Fouch - Hart County Middle School
Debbie Higginbotham - Hart County High School

Special Education Special Olympics Coordinator

Special Education Transition Specialist

Special Education GAA Specialist

LaWanda Dalton

"The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA)" GA Department of Education website: Click HERE

"Questions and Answers for Parents of Georgia Students" booklet: Click HERE

"Information and Resources" pamphlet: Click HERE

Learn more about the GAA for stakeholders. Click HERE


Special Education Assistive Technology Specialist