Rural Attendance Centers


Extension

7773 370th Trail

Rushville, NE 69360

Phone: (308) 862-4246

Website: www.grmustangs.org 

Location

Extension Rural Attendance Center is located 22 miles north and 2 miles west of Rushville on Highway 87.  It houses students grades K – 8 from the surrounding rural area.

Administration

Lori Liggett, Principal

Staff

Carol Herschfeldt,  K-3 Teacher

Sharon Beaver, 4-8 Teacher

Ann Taff, Paraeducator

Megan Denton, Paraeducator

Student Enrollment

 The enrollment at Extension is 16 students.

Golden Spade

2086 330th Trail

Ellsworth, NE 69340

Phone: (308) 282-1071

Website: www.grmustangs.org 

Location

Golden Spade is located 34 miles south of Gordon on Highway 27.  It houses students in grades K – 8.

Administration

Jeanne Hensley, Principal

Staff

Lisa Witt, Teacher

Donna Brennan, Paraeducator

Karol Hebbert, Paraeducator

Student Enrollment

 The enrollment for Golden Spade is 11 students.

Lakeside

3144 Charlton Street

Lakeside, NE 69351

Phone: (308) 762-3723

Website: www.grmustangs.org 

Location

Lakeside is located 54 miles south of Rushville on Highway 250 and 66 miles south of Gordon on Highway 27.  It is located in the town of Lakeside and it houses students grades K-8.

Administration

Lori Liggett, Principal

Staff

Debbie Wilson, Teacher

Stacy McAbee, Paraeducator

Student Enrollment

 Lakeside has 8 students.

Merriman

200 South Green Street

Merriman, NE 69218

Phone: (308) 684-3372

Website: www.grmustangs.org 

Location

Merriman is located 35 miles east of Gordon on Highway 20 located in the village of Merriman.  It houses students grades K-8.

Administration

Merrell Nelsen, Superintendent

Lori Liggett, Principal

Staff

Sharon Moreland, K-3 Teacher

Janel Nasland, 4-8 Teacher

Stacy Hooper, Paraeducator

Frances Wickman, Paraeducator

Student Enrollment

 Merriman has 22 students.

Pioneer

HC 75 Box 30A

Merriman, NE 69218

Phone: (308) 282-0419

Website: www.grmustangs.org 

Location

Pioneer is located 16 miles east of Gordon on Highway 20 and 6 miles south.  It houses students in grades K-8.

Administration

Merrell Nelsen, Superintendent

Lori Liggett, Principal

Staff

Cindy Sandoz, Teacher

Student Enrollment

 Pioneer has 4 students.


Special Education Services

Since August, 2007, the Special Education Department of Gordon-Rushville Public Schools has seen growth in working toward the goals set by the special education team.  It is important to recognize that these program improvements are the direct result of the work of the special educators and paraeducators in collaboration with the regular education teachers, counselors, and administration.  Monthly Special Education Staff Meetings with the special education teachers are conducted after school dismissal.  Agendas reflect dissemination of information and to discuss the direction of the program and successes experienced within the classroom or extra-curricular activities.

Program Goals:

  1. To demonstrate an increase in reading performance across the curriculum with comprehension strategies for main idea.
  2. To demonstrate an increase in the use of Standard English across the curriculum.
  3. To re-implement an effective transition process for students in special education at the high school.

Professional Development workshops were chosen to build skills of special educators to facilitate students in increasing their skill levels. All special education teachers have had the opportunity to attend the SPED Regional Workshop and the Tri-State Law Conference to gain information about the legalities of Special Education.  All teachers have had training in Step Up to Writing and an introductory workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Professional Development specific to elementary school needs were a Program Specific Reading training, training in Direct Instruction, training in math strategies, Strategies and Techniques for Effective Progress in School program, Ziggurat Behavior Interventions training; and for the preschool level, Environment Rating Scales training and Early Childhood Conference.

At the Rushville Elementary school there is one full-time special educator in collaboration with 4.5 paraprofessionals serving 15 students, who represent 11.5% of the elementary school student population. At the Gordon Elementary school there is also one full-time special educator in collaboration with 5.5 paraprofessionals serving 25 students, who represent 12.6% of that elementary student population.  There are five Rural Attendance Centers, with three of them having students who require special education or related services.  These rural students are served by a 0.5 special educator in collaboration with a paraeducator at all sites serving 6 students, who represent 9.2% of the rural elementary student population. Related services in the areas of speech/language, occupational, and physical therapy, as well as social-emotional counseling, are provided to students who verify for those services.

All special educators are case managers and responsible for coordinating the IEP process, documenting goal progress, and advocating the needs of individual cases for whom they manage.  It is a goal that each special educator has a case management load of approximately 15 to 20 students.  Special educators are responsible to implement, measure and record progress for all goals for which they are responsible, review and recommend goals to the IEP team based on present levels of performance, track and use the data generated through district assessment, and participate as teacher or co-chair for IEP meetings other than cases managed.  Developing quality IEPs and documenting services and progress will be a continued goal of the Department.

The Department uses a Consultative Model with classroom educators.  This model is built on the premise of inclusion of special education students in the regular classroom to the greatest extent appropriate for each individual learner.  All students come to the regular class with strengths and needs.  The IEP document reflects present levels of functioning, goals to be addressed through specialized instruction, and modifications and accommodations for each student.

The reading and math abilities of all students are assessed using the placement tests or curriculum-based tests provided with the core curricula in each academic area.  According to these results, special education students are placed in appropriate levels of reading and math programs specifically designed for their individual needs.

An after-school program is offered all learners who receive assistance on homework or are offered activities to build background information or experiences.  Students are supported in the special education class during the course of the day through strategies and additional time to complete work in other classes, monitor grades and missing assignments, and receive additional instruction in areas of difficulty.

Technology

GRPS is in the process of continuously advancing technology in education. The Elementary Schools are fully wireless buildings. We utilize data projectors in most classrooms and recently added mobile distance learning carts.

We are currently upgrading our website for more staff and student interaction.

Assessment Data

Gordon-Rushville Public Schools has five rural attendance centers.  The assessment data for each of these rural attendance centers is analyzed within the context of the district data, but because of the low numbers within each grade and subgroup, the data is not analyzed individually.