Exceptional Education

Phone: 601-649-6391
Fax: 601-649-6398

Exceptional Education Director
Dr. Dorsetta Jordan – djordan@laurelschools.org

Administrative Assistant
Paula Pearson – ppearson@laurelschools.org

Psychometrist, Gifted Programs, MTSS & 504 Coordinator,
Eligibility Services Case Manager for Private Schools

Natalie Thurman – nthurman@laurelschools.org

Preschool & Child Find Services Coordinator,
Eligibility Services Case Manager 3-5 year olds (out of school)

Lorenzo Bridges II – lobridges@laurelschools.org

Case Manager for Public Schools & Jones County Detention Center
April R. McClain – amcclain@laurelschools.org

Mississippi Educational Scholarship

The Mississippi Educational Scholarship was enacted in 2015 and provides an opportunity for parents of children with disabilities to receive money to help defray the cost of private school tuition or other specific allowable expenses to educate their child. The ESA program was created by the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Miss. Code Ann. §§ 37-181-1 et. seq. The program is being administered by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Special Education. For more information on the ESA program, please visit MDE at https://www.mdek12.org/OSE/ESA.

Exceptional Education Office Request for Proposals (RFP) For Student and Staff Services

The Laurel School District’s Exceptional Education Office is accepting proposals for the 2020-2021 school year for the following services: Occupational Therapy services; Physical Therapy services; Psychological services; and Consultative services for students with disabilities and special education staff. The purpose of this RFP is to provide a fair evaluation for all candidates. The Laurel School District’s Exceptional Education Office will negotiate contract terms upon selection. All contracts are subject to review and applicable projects will be awarded upon the signing of an agreement or contract, which outlines terms, scope, budget and other necessary items. Interested parties should email proposals to Dr. Dorsetta Jordan, Exceptional Education Director at djordan@laurelschools.org or mail proposals to P.O. Box 288- Laurel, MS 39441 to the attention of Dr. Dorsetta Jordan. The deadline for submitting proposals will be June 24, 2020 by 3:00 p.m. For questions and/or concerns, please contact the Exceptional Education Office at 601-649-6391.