BMSS Co-op Monthly Newsletter

September 2020

An Introduction to BMSS

History and Governance:


  • A special education co-op established in 1974
  • Serving nine member school districts; 25 campuses, 3 private schools and 2 head starts
  • Governed by a board of the nine superintendents (the Management Board)
  • Students Served: approximately 750


Purpose:


To create a cooperative arrangement whereby the member districts may provide for the efficient delivery of legally required special education and related services to eligible students with disabilities.


Shared Personnel: 25 Employees and 5 Independent Contractors


  • 1 Director of Special Education
  • 1 Administrative Assistant
  • 1 Data Management Clerk
  • 2 Special Education Clerks
  • 8 SpEd Coordinators: Educational Diagnosticians
  • 1 SpEd Coordinator: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
  • 1 Behavior Specialist: Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • 1 Behavior Specialist: Registered Behavior Technician
  • 7 Speech and Language Pathologists / Speech Therapists
  • 1 Transition Specialist
  • 1 Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • 1 Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • 1 Occupational Therapist
  • 1 Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • 1 Physical Therapist
  • 1 Physical Therapist Assistant



Primary Responsibilities:


  • Assessments to determine special education eligibility
  • Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee meetings (ARDs)
  • Compliance with federal and state laws

Fun Fact

Since 1974, the co-op has switched locations three times that we are aware: Rockdale to Caldwell and to Milano, our current location.

COVID-19 Resources

TEA COVID-19 Support and Guidance: For all-things related to education processes impacted by COVID-19.


TEA Students with Disabilities Planning Support Guidebook: For specifics related to special education processes impacted by COVID-19. Please give specific attention to the importance of creating an Emergency Contingency Plan for each special education student. Your BMSS Special Education Coordinators can provide additional information on how this affects the ARDC process.


LEAs are encouraged to submit questions and concerns regarding processes impacted by COVID-19 to disasterinfo@tea.texas.gov . Guidance is created and updated based on LEA feedback.

The Texas Behavior Support Initiative and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)

TEA addressed the training requirements of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC)§ 89.1053 (Procedures for Use of Restraint and Time-Out) by designating ESC 4 the leadership role for TBSI. You can read more on the TBSI Website. As a prerequisite for CPI certification or any other program designed for certification in restraint and time-out, as well as positive behavior supports, we recommend the Texas Behavior Support Initiative offered by ESC 4: TBSI Registration. The training is at your own pace, but usually takes 2-3 hours.


Next CPI Trainings: September 10th (Initial) and September 11th (Refreshers)


For a 20-21 schedule of BMSS CPI trainings, please email cpi@bmssc.net.


Meet your CPI certified trainers...

Staff Spotlight

Welcome new personnel!


Adrienne Henderson graduated from Yoe High School in 2002 and from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in 2006. Prior to joining BMSS, she taught for eight years in Cameron ISD and one year in Rosebud-Lott ISD. Married to fellow educator James for fifteen years, they have three beautiful children: Jesslynn and twins Josiah and Jordyn. She is currently attending Lamar University to pursue her Master of Education in Special Education Degree with an Educational Diagnostician Certification. For the 20-21 school year, she is assigned to Snook and Somerville ISDs.


Shelley Kopriva graduated from Yoe High School in 2002 and from Texas A&M University in 2006. Prior to joining BMSS, she worked for six years at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and taught for eight years in Cameron ISD. Married to fellow educator Brian for twelve years, they have three daughters: Claire, Kate and Paige. She is currently attending Lamar University to pursue her Master of Education in Special Education Degree with an Educational Diagnostician Certification. For the 20-21 school year, she is assigned to Cameron Ben Milam Elementary, Cameron Elementary and Cameron Junior High.

Contact Information

400 E. Park St.

Milano, Texas 76556

512-455-7801


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