Owatonna Public Schools

Special Education Advisory Council Meeting

Monday, Feb. 4th, 5:30-6:30pm

Owatonna Senior High School ----- Small Group Forum

Owatonna Public Schools is hosting a Special Education Advisory Council Meeting open to all community members interested in learning more about the Special Services programming offered at Owatonna Public Schools. The goal of the meeting is to advocate for high-quality educational programs for all learners and ensure that the School Board, District Administration, and community members are informed of special education successes, issues, and concerns.


5:30pm-5:45pm - Co-teaching presentation, McKinley Team

5:45pm-5:55pm - Co-teaching Q&A

5:55pm-6:00pm - Special Services Department Update, Wendy Cirksena

6:00pm-6:30pm - Special Services Department Discussion

Discussion Questions

The following questions will serve to guide us toward improved OPS Special Services programming, policies, and procedures:

* What are some of the positive changes you’ve noticed in the Special Services department?

* Do you have any suggestions on how to build on these positive changes?

* How do you feel the Special Services Department could best support the students we serve?

* Are there any topics you would like to have presented at future meetings?

If you have additional programming and/or policy questions that you would like to submit prior to the SEAC meeting, please email them to Jen Clausen at jclausen@isd761.org

Data Privacy Guidelines

It is the purpose of the Special Education Advisory Council to address programming, policies, and procedures within the Special Services Department. Due to data privacy laws, district staff will be unable to discuss specific students at the Special Education Advisory Council meetings. We take your concerns seriously and if you have student specific matters to discuss, please refer to your student’s case manager or contact your building Special Services Supervisor.

Wendy Cirksena

Director of Special Services

(507) 444-8604


Sandy Standke

Special Services Secretary

(507) 444-8046


Shari Mensink

Special Services Supervisor

ECSE, School Readiness, McKinley

(507) 444-8041


Katie Wheelock

Special Services Supervisor

Lincoln, Washington, Wilson, St. Mary’s, OCS, Eagle Academy

(507) 444-8043


Sarah McGuire

Special Services Supervisor


(507) 444-8042


Jen Clausen

Due Process Office Assistant

(507) 444-8044


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