Special Education


    Photo of Special Education students All children in Kalamazoo County qualify for assessment and evaluation of disabilities by Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (Kalamazoo RESA) and its member districts. Students can receive direct instruction, consultation and/or therapy beginning in infancy and continuing to age 26, if needed. Special education services are designed to provide instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

    Kalamazoo RESA is made up of nine school districts and four public school academies, providing a full range of programs and services. The county is divided up into three service areas for the purpose of coordinating special education services for students:


    Central Service Area - Kalamazoo Public Schools
    Interim Director
    Rikki Saunders
    Contact: (269) 337-0161 Fax: (269) 337-0169

    Eastern Service Area- Climax-Scotts, Comstock,
    Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Parchment

    Director: Janan Zimmerman
    Contact: (269) 250-8924 Fax: (269) 250-8921

    Southern Service Area- Portage, Schoolcraft, Vicksburg
    Director: Jeanine Mattson-Gearhart
    Contact: (269) 323-5010 Fax: (269) 323-5011
    The service areas and member districts each employ special education staff and serve the public school districts and non-public schools in their geographic areas.

    Another valuable resource is Project Find Michigan, which helps young people ages 0-26 with physical, social, emotional or learning conditions that prevent them from succeeding in school. Please visit their web site for more information.

    Kalamazoo RESA provides programs and services on a county-wide basis which act in support to the school districts in the county:
    • Preprimary Evaluation Team
    • Early On
    • WoodsEdge Learning Center
    • Valley Center School
    • Young Adult Program
    • Juvenile Home School
    • Programs for Students with Autism
    • Services for Students with Hearing Impairments
    • Services for Students with Visual Impairments
    • Collaborative Assistance through Technology Team  
    • Planning, Monitoring and Data Collection