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Special Populations

Lynn Gonzales, Supervisor of Special Populations and Student Support
1165 S. Main St.
Milan, TN 38358
Milan Special School District has a coordinator in each building for the special populations program.  They are a liaison between classroom teachers, students, parents, and administration. 
Special Populations Coordinators:
Related Services Personnel:
Speech Language Pathologists-Meredith McKeel  and Jennifer Harris
Occupational Therapist-Renee Nelson
Physical Therapist Assistant-Scarlet Bailey
School Psychologist-Sarah Ford



In keeping with the mandate from IDEA, Milan Special School District's Special Populations Department seeks to provide the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for all students. This means the door to schools, classrooms, and school activities are open to every student and they are afforded every opportunity to be included with their non-disabled peers. A continuum of services is available for each student based on the IEP team decision on the placement of those services – either in general education or special education setting. The focus is on giving each student the help he/she needs to learn.

We Believe . . . .

  • All individuals are important and valued
  • All individuals have unique needs and abilities
  • All individuals can learn and succeed
  • All situations are unique
  • All individuals deserve a safe educational environment
  • All individuals have access to all services
  • All members of the community impact the learning experience of all individuals
  • All individuals have access to training to increase knowledge and skills
  • All individuals develop to their fullest potential when educators, parents, students and the community work together, thus providing a seamless learning environment

Special Education - IDEA 619 Pre-School and IDEA Part B

Milan Special School District provides special education services for children between the ages of three and twenty-one with disabilities. The state of Tennessee has thirteen (13) disability categories in which children may qualify for Special Education services.  Those categories are Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Deaf - Blindness, Deafness, Developmental Delay, Functional Delay, Hearing Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment,  and Intellectually Gifted.  Educational needs are determined through parent interviews, the child's classroom teacher(s), medical personnel, and various individual assessments.   Areas evaluated may include, but are not limited to, vision, hearing, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive ability, and social/emotional.

Following an evaluation, if a child is determined to meet Tennessee State Eligibility Standards and is in need of special educational services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed for your child and an appropriate program will be developed to meet your child's educational needs.

Contact Lynn Gonzales, Supervisor of Special Populations, by phone at 731-686-0844 or by email at if you suspect your child may have a disability.

Click Here for Information about the state of Tennessee Individualized Education (IEA) Program