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Sutter County Superintendent of Schools

Tom Reusser, Superintendent

Special Education

Special Education

Special Education

Mission Statement

The Special Education Department of Sutter County Superintendent of Schools Office is dedicated to providing excellent support and services to special needs students that promote optimum self-sufficiency while addressing their unique needs. 
Vision Statement
We believe...

...That all special education students can reach their highest possible standard of achievement.

...That special education students can become contributing members or our community.

...That special education programs will reflect only the finest in research-based practices.

...That ongoing staff development will focus on the refinement of instructional practices that reflect the unique needs of our students.

...That all special education activities will be meaningful, authentic, and engaging for our students.

...That all Sutter County Special Educators will be a model of excellence in their field.

The Special Education Department provides special education related services to the 13 school districts within Sutter County for students from birth to age 22 years. The Special Education Department consists of approximately 155 staff members, located throughout Sutter County which provide support to students and families. 

In addition to providing specialized academic instruction, speech and language, and school psychologist services to the eleven smaller districts of Sutter County, Sutter County serves approximately 300 students, in 30 classes, on 13 sites, throughout Sutter County.  These 300 students require specialized instruction in a self-contained class to accommodate their special needs.  

For ages Birth to three, services include the Infant Development Program. Preschool students are served in various special day class settings.  For ages Five to 22 years, special day class programs are provided for students with emotional disabilities, for students with severe cognitive, physical, and/or medical disabilities, students identified with behavioral needs, and students identified with autism. Specialized services include speech and language, school nurse, and school psychologist. 

The following programs provide meaningful instruction that is focused on utilizing research based instructional strategies, curriculum, and interventions.
   a. Itinerant Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  a. Speech and Language
  b. School Psychologist
  c. School Nurses
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including Sutter County Special Education.

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.

Our Special Education Department was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit's allegations.

Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008.

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, visit: You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

La demanda legal en contra del Departamento de Educación de California (CDE por sus siglas en inglés) está impactando a todos los distritos escolares en el estado, incluyendo a la Oficina de "Educacion Especial."
En abril del 2012, dos organizaciones, la Asociación de Padres Afectados de Morgan Hill y la Asociación de Padres Afectados, entablaron una demanda legal en contra del CDE acusándolo de incumplimiento sistémico generalizado por parte de agencias locales de educación en cuanto a las leyes de educación especial. La demanda alega que el CDE no cumple con monitorear, investigar y corregir el dicho incumplimiento de acuerdo a lo estipulado por la ley. La CDE niega dichas acusaciones y está defendiendo el litigio activamente.
Nuestra Oficina de "Educacion Especial" no está envuelta en la demanda y no es el sujeto de ninguna de las acusaciones de la misma.
Sin embargo, como parte de esta demanda, la corte ha ordenado a la CDE de divulgar todos los datos que ha recopilado en cuanto a estudiantes generales y de educación especial desde enero 1 del 2008.

Para obtener más información acerca de la divulgación de estos datos y como usted puede presentar una objeción con la corte para que esta considere no divulgar sus datos, visite: También puede contactar al Departamento de Educación de California al 916-319-0800.


Autism Links:
Intellectual Disability Links:

Emotional Disturbance:
General Resources:

Josh Harris
Director, Special Education
Eddie Graziano
Coordinator I, Special Education
Vena Whitehurst
Administrative Secretary II
Leia Balderrama
Special Education Data Technician