What We Do
Special Services provides a full continuum of services for Rapid City’s more than 14,000 students. We oversee the districts many programs, which service students ages birth through 21. Our services include Special Education and Related Services, Birth to Age Three, School Aged Services, Child Find, Dyslexia, English Learner, and Section 504. See our website links for additional information on our many programs to support your children.

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“For more information about special education, please visit the SD DOE site by clicking here.”

State Performance Plan

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires states to have in place a State Performance Plan (SPP) that evaluates the State’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA and describes how the State will improve student performance/achievement. The State reports to the public these results annually. The South Dakota Department of Education provides information to each South Dakota school district about their performance on Special Ed State Performance Plan, SD Department of Education

Helpful Documents

RCAS Comprehensive Plan

SD Parental Rights – Parental Rights Procedural Safeguards, SD Department of Education

SD DOE Special Education Website – Special Education, SD Department of Education


Todd Christensen
Interim Director of Special Services
Dr. Keyra Comer
Special Services Program Manager
Special Services Contacts
Name Title Email
Donna Mitchell Secretary for the Special Services Program Director Email Donna
Kristine Wagner Special Services Secretary Email Kristine
Jane Scherr Medicaid Processor Email Jane
Michele Peterson Secretary for the Special Services Program Manager Email Michele
Cahra Hartness Secretary for the Psychology Department Email Cahra
Kristie Taylor Secretary Level 3 Email Kristie
Jeanne Flack Secretary Level 2 Email Jeanne