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Special Education - Principal for Doris Klaussen Developmental Center (DKDC)

Company: Calhoun Intermediate School District
Location: Marshall
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: Provide instructional leadership to assigned staff and use supervisory and administrative skills to provide sound educational programs for students up to age 26, who have moderate to severe disabilities.


  • Responsible for the safety and well-being of all students.
  • Develop, implement and maintain an appropriate curriculum to foster maximum educational opportunity and independence for students who are autistic, emotionally, cognitively and/or physically impaired.
  • Supervise and coordinate special education classroom programs and staff assignments.
  • Assist in the design, implementation and maintenance of programs and services which provide appropriate educational opportunities in the least restrictive settings.
  • Supervise homebound or hospitalized students who are installed at DKDC.
  • Establish and maintain standards of student conduct and enforces discipline as necessary.
  • Develop and sustain communication within the program that will promote appropriate work relationships and positive staff morale.
  • Implement procedures for referral, evaluation, placement, assignment, and re-evaluation of students with regard to the Special Education services program for students from age 2-1/2 through age 26.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the School Improvement Plan.
  • Provide for and/or secures appropriate inservice training for program personnel.
  • Coordinate and attend special events held to recognize student achievement, and school sponsored activities.
  • Maintain and promote community relations.
  • Supervise preparation of attendance reports and similar data necessary for reimbursement of funds, collecting of tuition for out-of-district students, and similar fiscal matters.
  • Is responsible for compiling and complying with Special Ed. Rules/Regulations and maintaining all reports, records, etc. legally required and useful.
  • Interpret the objectives and programs of the Spec. Ed. services to the Board, staff and the public.
  • Provide oversight to the physical plant maintenance and food service operation.
  • Maintain professional skills and provide educational leadership for program staff.
  • Develop budget recommendations, provide expenditure control on budgets for Special Education; maintain financial responsibility and efficient resource management, including purchasing of equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Is responsible for MET, IEPT, Transition, State Assessments and other mandated requirements.
  • Consult with parents of students enrolled in the program and develops an ongoing system of parent awareness.
  • Supervise and evaluate the professional, paraprofessional, teacher assistants, itinerate staff, food service, and maintenance/custodial staff assigned to the program.
  • Collaborate with college and university officials regarding teacher training and preparation.
  • Maintain regular consistent attendance and punctuality.
  • Maintain a professional personal appearance.
  • Adhere to district health and safety procedures.
  • Adhere to Board Policies.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervise assigned employees and the Assistant Principal. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the professional, paraprofessional, teacher assistants, food service and maintenance/custodial staff as assigned. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees and substitute and temporary employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Full approval as a Supervisor of Special Education under Rule 340.1772 of the Michigan Special Education Administrative Rules.

  • Master Degree or Specialist in Educational Administration or Special Education preferred.

  • Three years administrative experience in a Michigan public school system preferred and five years successful experience working within special education.

  • Knowledge of contemporary methodology and practice as they relate to students with disabilities; knowledge of curriculum frameworks, program development, curriculum adaptation and assessment processes.

  • Familiarity with community-based instruction, job training and transition activities.

  • Knowledge of staff and program evaluation procedures.

  • An understanding of professional development and staff evaluation practices.

  • Knowledge and experience in the school improvement process.

  • Knowledge in the implementation of LRE and the full continuum of special education services.

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and effectively present information. Ability to respond to questions from staff, parents and general public. Ability to manage a crisis situation effectively.

  • Ability to gather data and make judicious decisions under stress and pressure.

  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal Special Education laws and regulations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parents and community members.


  • Valid teaching certificate with Special Education endorsement, Special Education supervisor or director approval.
  • ?Must meet Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) Administrator Certificate requirements.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

Only those candidates that provide the requested information will be considered.

Application Procedure:

  • Provide a resume and letter of interest including a review of relevant experience.
  • With your letter of interest you must provide photographic evidence of meeting the minimal qualifications, i.e., copies of diplomas, educational transcripts, certifications and licensure.
  • Current letters of reference.
  • Materials received from applicants after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Internal applicants are equally responsible for providing all requested information. Calhoun Intermediate School District will not retrieve or copy information from your personnel file. It is the applicant's sole responsibility and if necessary the person should make the needed arrangements in order to review their personnel file and obtain any copies to include with their letter of interest and resume.

Application Deadline: May 6, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. (Internal Applicants)

Open Until Filled (External Applicants)


Notice of Non-Discrimination and Notice of Complaint/Grievance Procedure for

Federal and State Laws

  • Non-discrimination Notice

It is the policy of the Calhoun Intermediate School District to provide an equal opportunity for all individuals and not to discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, height, weight, marital status or age in its programs, services, activities or employment. With respect to employment, the District does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the district's nondiscrimination policies.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Calhoun Intermediate School District

17111 G Drive North

Marshall, MI49068

Phone: (269)781-5141

Fax: (269)781-7071

  • Complaint/Grievance Procedure Notice
  • Any person believing that the Calhoun Intermediate School District or any of the District's staff has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of non-discrimination laws or district non-discrimination policies may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Calhoun Intermediate School District

17111 G Drive North

Marshall, MI49068

Phone: (269)781-5141

Fax: (269)781-7071

  • The person who believes s/he has a valid basis for grievance shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the District's Civil Rights Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with verbal answer to the complainant. S/He may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps:

Step 1

A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the District's Civil Rights Coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The Coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within five (5) business days.

Step 2

If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the District's Civil Rights Coordinator, s/he may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) business days after receipt of the Coordinator's response. The Superintendent shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.

Step 3

If the complainant remains unsatisfied, s/he may appeal through a signed written statement to the Board of Education within five (5) business days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent's response in step two. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within twenty (20) business days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board's disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) business days of this meeting.

The District's Coordinator, on request, will provide a copy of the District's grievance procedure and investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure.

A copy of each of the Acts and the regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the District Coordinator's office.

Keywords: Calhoun Intermediate School District, Kalamazoo , Special Education - Principal for Doris Klaussen Developmental Center (DKDC), Other , Marshall, Michigan

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