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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: spedfunding@dese.mo.gov 
Fax: (573) 526-6898

Name Phone Number Section

Shelley Woods


  Financial and Administrative Services

Angie Nickell


(573) 751-4385 Special Education Finance

Gary Sanders

Assistant Director

(573) 526-5283 Special Education Contracts

Leslie Turpin

Assistant Director

(573) 751-7022 Fiscal Monitoring

Michael Dierking


(573) 522-2523 Special Purpose Funds

Cathy Ellingsworth

Program Specialist

(573) 751-0623


Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)


Betty Lohmann

Data Specialist

(573) 751-6904


Part B IDEA Entitlement 


Lindsay Thomas

Administrative Assistant

(573) 751-0622 Special Education Finance