Special Services

Process Coordinators | Section 504 | Liggett Trail Education Center

The Special Services Department in the Blue Springs R-IV School District includes both Special Education and Section 504. 

Virtual RequestsA student’s IEP Team will consider requests for virtual instruction. The IEP Team must determine if a student is able to receive a free appropriate public education through virtual instruction based upon a student’s unique needs. Please contact your student’s building for further information.

Special Education  

The Blue Springs R-IV School District offers a range of services in order to provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. Parents who believe their children have a disability can contact the school counselor, the principal, the liaison process coordinator, or the district special services department.

Our local compliance plan is available for public view at the Bartow Administrative Building between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or it can be viewed here

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Public Notice

IDEA Procedural Safeguards document is available to download and review in English and Spanish.
•  IDEA Procedural Safeguards in English
•  IDEA Procedural Safeguards in Spanish
•  Call our office at (816) 874-3200 for information in American Sign Language

Procedural Safeguards Notice Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Parents’ Bill of Rights are available in additional translations (Amharic, Arabic, Chinese-traditional, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Romanian, Rwandan, Samoan, Serbian, Bosnian, Somali, Swahili, Urdu, and Vietnamese). For more information, contact the building Liaison Process Coordinator, building Principal or the office of the Special Services Department at (816) 874-3200.


Liggett Trail Education Center 

Liggett Trail Education Center is the home to several early childhood programs (early childhood special education, parents as teachers, etc.) as well as the school-age multiple disabilities/medically fragile program. 

For further information, please call 816-874-3680 or visit https://ltec.bssd.net/


Process Coordinators

Early Childhood Special Education Process Coordinators and Diagnosticians
Shellie Wolfenbarger Process Coordinator
Angela Jackson Diagnostician
Jill Cowan Diagnostician

Elementary Process Coordinators
Elizabeth Milligan Liaison
Jeanne Burgess  Strategies
Melissa Starr Evaluations (JLE, JNE, LFE)
Alex Hart Evaluations (JWE, SPE, TUE)
Elementary Process Coordinators
Stephanie Clevenger Liaison
Kurtis Luster Strategies
Lynne Dorrance Evaluations (CLE, FSE, VSE, WYE)
Jennifer Rye Evaluations (CME, DYE, WBE)

Middle School Process Coordinators
Julia Brush Liaison
Lindsey Fritts  Strategies
Victoria Miller Evaluations

High School Process Coordinators 
Tracy Truex Liaison
Heather Rehkow Strategies
Elizabeth Hooper Evaluations

Special Program Process Coordinators 
Christie Nesbitt Deaf/Hard of Hearing 


Section 504 

The Blue Springs R-IV School District provides a free appropriate public education to each qualified person with a disability in the District’s jurisdiction. Under Section 504 federal regulations, a free and appropriate education consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet individual educational needs of disabled persons as adequately as the needs of nondisabled persons are met.

Procedural Safeguards Notice Section 504 Parent/Student Rights in Identification, Evaluation, and Placement can be made available in foreign language translations. For more information, contact your school’s 504 Building Coordinator, Principal, or the office of Special Services.

504 Building Coordinators 
Each building has at least one 504 Building Coordinator. Please contact your child's school to speak with a Building Coordinator.

Coordinator Building Students
Jon Loewe BSHS 10th grade
Matt Hakes  BSHS 11th grade
Joy Klotz BSHS 12th grade
Krystin Babusa-Lucas BSSHS
Susan Hall BSSHS
Kate Kraybill BSSHS  
Darin Wisner BSSHS  
Brooke Herrera  FC A-K
Kathryn VanWijk FC L-Z
Becky Stanton VVHS
Jim Brady BHMS M-Z
Laura Mermelstein BHMS A-L
Julianne Cunningham DWMS
Bradley Coleman MRMS 6th grade
Jamie Strodtman  MRMS 7th grade
Angela Sullivan MRMS 8th grade
Dan Hicks PKMS
Eric Morrow PKMS
Amanda Ferguson  CLE
Alexis Hart CME
Kim McIntyre DYE
Tricia Theiss  DYE  
Lacey Hatt  FSE
Bethany Zier FSE   
Dana Hicks JLE
Melinda Trowbridge JNE
Ariel Boulicault JWE
Krysta Ruddell LFE
Ann Gibler SPE
Erica Barbosa TUE
Kerri Mears VSE
Lisa Lisec WBE
Ashleigh Adkins WYE


Special Services
1801 NW Vesper Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Phone: 816.874.3200
Fax: 816.228.1056


Ms. Beth Fuller
Director of Special Services

Mrs. Stephanie Isaacks
Special Services Coordinator 

Dr. Lauren Stutzman
Special Services Coordinator 

Mrs. Leslie Manns
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Marisa Barzee
Administrative Assistant

Dr. Jill Brown
Assistant Superintendent of Special Services













Dr. Greg Johnson
Director of Early Childhood Special Services

Ms. Claire Stewart
Administrative Assistant