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Special Education Finance

The Special Education Finance Section is responsible for calculating and distributing IDEA Special Education Part B (611), Early Childhood Special Education, High Need Fund, Public Placement Fund, Readers for the Blind Program, and various other grant payments to local school districts and charters schools throughout Missouri.  The Section provides technical assistance to local school district and charter school officials on topics pertaining to federal finance regulations such as the calculation of IDEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and determining Proportionate Share obligations.  Special Education Finance also conducts onsite, desk monitoring, and desk audit reviews on an annual basis.  


Email: [email protected] 
Fax: (573) 526-6898


Name Position Phone Number Section
Shelley Woods Coordinator   Financial and Administrative Services
Angie Nickell Director (573) 751-4385 Special Education Finance
Gary Sanders



(573) 526-5283 Special Education Contracts
Michael Dierking Supervisor (573) 522-2523 Special Purpose Funds
Leslie Turpin Supervisor (573) 751-7022 Fiscal Monitoring
Cathy Ellingsworth



(573) 751-0623

Part B & Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Vacant Position




Part B & Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Lindsay Thomas



(573) 751-0622 Special Education Finance