Judy Spurgeon
Director of Special Education
706 743-8707

Kanya Cornish
Coordinator of Student Support Services
706 743-8128
Special Education

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) is a parental choice program for special needs students attending Georgia public schools who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  To  newly qualify for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program for the 2017-2018 school year a student must meet ALL of the following requirements.

  • A student must have a parent/guardian who currently lives in Georgia and has been a resident for at least one calendar year.
  • A student was enrolled and completed the 2016-2017 school year in a Georgia public school in grades kindergarten through twelfth.
  • A student was reported as attending a Georgia public school by a school district during mandatory student counts conducted in October 2016 and March 2017.
  • A student does not need to have an IEP for the entire school year to qualify for the GSNS Program.  A student must have received special education services at some point during the 2016-2017 school year through an IEP.

 If a student meets the eligibility criteria; a parent/guardian has the right to request a transfer from a student’s current public school to:

  • Another public school within their district of residence (not available in Oglethorpe County); or

  • Another public school district outside their district of residence; or

  • One of the three state schools for the blind or deaf; or

  • A private school authorized to participate in the GSNS Program.  Funds received through the GSNS Program can only be used to pay for tuition and fees at a private school authorized by the State Board of Education to participate in the program.


    Funds cannot be used to pay the costs of out of district tuition, charter schools, or other options available under public school choice. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    For more information on the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship and the parent application process, please visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at Policy/Policy/Pages/Special-Needs-Scholarship-Program.aspx also has important information regarding the GSNs Program.



Oglethorpe County Schools provide a continuum of services to meet the individual needs of students who have been determined eligible for special education and related services.  The Georgia Department of Education criteria are utilized to determine if students qualify for special education in the following categories: 




Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH)

Emotional & Behavioral Disorder

Intellectual Disabilities

Orthopedic Impairment

Other Health Impairment

Significant Developmental Delay

Specific Learning Disability

Speech-Language Impairment

Traumatic Brian Injury

Visual Impairment & Blindness


Special Education Child Find 

What is Child Find?  


Child Find refers to the process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities to ensure that they receive services to which they are entitled. Children and youth, age birth to 21, living in Oglethorpe County, who are suspected of having a disability, may be referred for a possible evaluation to determine if they are eligible for special education services.

Who to Contact for more information?

Home School Students with Disability:  Students with disabilities who are being home schooled may be eligible to receive special education and related services. 
Please contact Judy Spurgeon at 706-743-8707 for more information. If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact Judy Spurgeon at (706) 743-8707 or

Private School Students with Disability:  Students with disabilities who attend private schools within Oglethorpe County may be eligible to receive special education and related services. Please contact Judy Spurgeon at 706-743-8707 for more information.

Birth to Three:  If you are aware of a child age birth through three who may have a disability please contact Judy Spurgeon at 706-743-8707 or Babies Can’t Wait at 706-369-6101.

Preschool children:  If you are aware of a preschooler, from 3 through 5 years old, who has or may have a developmental disability, please call Kanya Cornish at 706 743-8128 or Judy Spurgeon at 706-743-8707.

School age children and youth:  If you have a child who is already enrolled in an Oglethorpe County school and may be in need of special education services, please contact the school and express your concern to your child's teacher or to the school administrator.

Transfer students:  If your child is transferring into the Oglethorpe County School System and has received special education services in another district, please call Judy Spurgeon at 706 743-8707 or the principal upon enrollment.




Non-Discrimination Notice
As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Oglethorpe County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations.  For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent’s office at Oglethorpe County Board of Education, 735 Athens Road, Lexington, GA 30648, 706-743-8128.