Exceptional Child Services (ECS)

Last Updated: 4/6/2021 4:18 PM

Dear Parent,


    The Spencer County School District and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) are seeking feedback from parents regarding how your child’s school is involving you in the special education services provided to your child.

    Please complete a brief, online survey to share your experience with your child’s special education services during the current school year (2020-2021). Please go to www.kypso.org, and complete the thirteen-question survey telling us about your current experiences.

    Only one parent per student should complete this survey. However, if you have more than one child with an Individual Education Program (IEP), please complete a survey for each of your children.

    All responses are anonymous. Results will be analyzed by the Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky (UK) and used for a report to the U.S. Department of Education. Analysis of the final report will be utilized to improve parent involvement in special education programs.

    The deadline for completing this very important survey is July 31, 2021.

Thank you for your help.


Todd Russell

Director of Special Education


Welcome to the Spencer County Schools Exceptional Child Services Webpage.  This site is designed to assist community members, parents, prospective parents, educators, and students. The website provides introductory information about special education services in the Spencer County Schools and links to local, regional, and national resources.


We are a team of professionals dedicated to providing services for students needing specially designed instruction (SDI). The Spencer County School District provides services to children and youth ages 3-21 who qualify for SDI.  General educators and special educators work collaboratively with parents to provide services for our students.  Educational services are individually determined based upon a student’s educational disability and the student’s individual needs.


We have staff ready to answer any questions you may have about the education of students with special needs. You can reach someone at the Spencer County ECS Office by calling 502-477-6787 or by email at todd.russell@spencer.kyschools.us.




*Listed below are resources/ links for parents and teachers.*


Parent Resources

Acronyms and Definitions

Behavior Information

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Characteristics of ADHD PowerPoint

KDE Guidance Documents

Parent Guide for Special Education

Parent Involvement Webpage

Transfer Student Policy


Teacher Resources

NEW Progress Monitoring Excel Spreadsheet

NEW IDEA Compliance Record Review Document

Behavior Intervention Plan

IEP and Lesson Plan Development Handbook

Kentucky Autism Training Center Website

Student Observation Form

Teacher Consultation Request Form


NEW Teacher Documents

Autism Guidance Document

Child Find Notice

2019 IEP Guidance Document

2019 Section 504 Procedures (updated 2015)

2019-2020 Special Education Waiver Process

Spencer County Exceptional Child Services Procedures




ECS Office Staff

ECS Office Phone: (502)477-6787


ECS Office Fax: (502)477-6786


Preschool Office Phone: (502)477-3210


Todd Russell - Director of Special Education/ Early Childhood Education and 504 Coordinator 


Tammy Hawkins - Special Education Consultant


Sue Daniel - Preschool Assistant Coordinator


Alisa Shelburne - Special Education Administrative Assistant


Michelle McKinley - Preschool Administrative Assistant


Holly Purvis - School Psychologist (SCHS, TES, Hillview)


Kelly Schweitzer - School Psychologist (SCMS, SCES, Hillview)


Linda Neyhart - Educational Diagnostician (Preschool)


Denise Shelburne - ARC Chairperson (SCHS, SCMS, Hillview)



Contact Us

Spencer County Board of Education
207 W. Main Street
Taylorsville, KY 40071

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Phone: 502-477-3250
Fax: 502-477-3259