• District Profile

    Cardington-Lincoln Schools serves approximately 210 students with disabilities each year. About 20 percent of the Cardington-Lincoln student population have been identified as eligible for special education. The district is required to locate all children who may have disabilities, ages from 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 Cardington-Lincoln Local School District boundaries and all preschool children who live within the Cardington-Lincoln 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 (419) 864-3691 ext .

    Public Comment

    Each year, the Cardington-Lincoln School District receives Part-B IDEA Special Education funds from the federal government to assist in providing services to students with disabilities. These funds help to provide instructional and paraprofessional staff, along with instructional materials and supplies.
    Questions and suggestions concerning the use of these funds for students with special needs can be directed to Mount Vernon City School's Student Service Director Pam Rose at (419) 864-3691, extension . 
    Jennifer Zierden, Director of Curriculum acts as the district’s local liaison to identify and support students experiencing homelessness.  She also provides resources, McKinney-Vento services and information McKinney-Vento Homeless Resources for Awareneshttps://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Homeless-Youths.