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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

Shelley Woods, Coordinator, Financial and Administrative Services

Angie Nickell, Director, Phone: (573) 751-4385

Gary Sanders, Assistant Director, Phone: (573) 526-5283

Michael Dierking, Supervisor, Phone: (573) 522-2523, Special Purpose Funds

Leslie Turpin, Supervisor, Phone: (573) 751-7022, Fiscal Monitoring

Cathy Ellingsworth, Program Specialist, Phone: (573) 751-0623, Part B and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Morgan Colbert, Data Specialist, Part B and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Lindsay Thomas, Administrative Assistant, Phone: (573) 751-0622