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Special Education


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. 



We believe:
  • All special education students can reach their highest possible standard of achievement.
  • Special education students can become contributing members or our community.
  • Special education programs will reflect only the finest in research-based practices.
  • Ongoing staff development will focus on the refinement of instructional practices that reflect the unique needs of our students.
  • All special education activities will be meaningful, authentic, and engaging for our students.
  • 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 12 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 34 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.


Public schools throughout California are required to provide information about themselves to the community in the form of an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC). These report cards provide a variety of data to allow the public to evaluate and compare schools in seven major areas:
  • Demographic information
  • School safety and climate for learning
  • Academic data
  • Class size
  • Teacher and staff information
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Fiscal and expenditure data


Janine Hughes
Assistant Superintendent of Special Education
530-822-2911 Office
Leia Balderrama
Special Education Data Technician
Jose Gaxiola
Administrative Secretary II
Susan Miller
Accountant II, Internal Special Education