Student Services/Special Education

Mrs. Pam Rose - Director of Student Services/District Compliance Officer

Photograph of Mrs. Rose Mrs. Rose facilitates compliance in the areas of special education and civil rights for the Mount Vernon City Schools. She coordinates the needs of all students in the district, and works with numerous personnel to ensure that those needs are met. Coordination of programs and the implementation of services include special education, section 504, preschool, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, home instruction, psychology services, assistive technology, English as a Second Language (ESL), nursing, school social work, special transportation, service plans for students attending non-public schools, Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarship oversight, and the educational services of students who are placed out of the district.

Mrs. Rose is the district’s point of contact for homeless students and for those in foster care, ensuring that students in either of these situations are afforded the assistance that is needed. She is an active participant in the community, to facilitate coordination of services for families.
Mrs. Rose and Dr. Eric Brown share the responsibility of being the school district's Compliance Officers, and can be contacted with concerns by school staff or the school community. 

Mrs. Rose has been an employee of the district since August 1987. During that time, she has been a classroom teacher, Federal Funding Coordinator, assistant elementary school principal, and elementary school principal. This is her ninth year as Director of Student Services. A lifelong resident of Mount Vernon, she graduated from Mount Vernon City Schools, and has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and two master’s degrees from Ashland University.

District Profile

Mount Vernon City Schools serves approximately 750 students with disabilities each year. About 20 percent of the Mount Vernon student population have been identified as eligible for special education. The district is required to locate all children who may have disabilities, ages birth through age 21, who reside within its boundaries.

The district provides a continuum of special education programming and services at no cost to the parents for:
  • Preschool Children (Ages 3-5)
  • School Age (Ages 6-21) students with identified disabilities in the areas of:
    • Autism
    • Cognitive Delayed Impairment (formerly known as Developmental Handicap/Mental Retardation)
    • Emotional Disturbance (formerly known as Severe Emotional Disturbance/Severe Behavior Handicap)
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Learning Disability (formerly known as Specific Learning Disability)
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Speech Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment

Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that assures children and youth with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Federal and State laws require school districts to evaluate children who have suspected disabilities. These laws affect all school-aged children educated within the Mount Vernon City School District boundaries and all preschool children who live within the Mount Vernon City School District.
If you have concerns about your child’s ability or skills and suspect there may be a disability, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or the Student Services/Special Education office at (740) 397-7422 x 6021.

Pam Rose

Director of Student Services
District Compliance Officer 
voice:  740 397-7422 x 6021

Julie Borchers
Assistant Director of Student Services
voice: 740 397-7422 x 6035

Beth Ruth - Secretary
voice: 740-397-7422 x 6021
Jessica Shelton - Secretary
voice: 740-397-7422 x 6003
Helen Davis - School Psychologist
voice: 740-397-7422 x 6006
Sherry Miglin - Assistant to the Psychologists
voice: 740-397-7422 x 6027
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