Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District

Special Education and Student Services

OCFSD Special Education Mission Statement

  Ensuring equity, independence, achievement, and quality of life for students with special education needs through focused, individualized instruction and support.

OCFSD District Office Special Education Staff


Dr. Ted Gennerman, Director of Student Services; 414-768-6144, t.gennerman@ocfsd.org

Ms. Debbie Otto, Program Assistant; 414-768-6164, d.otto@ocfsd.org

Ms. Shalyn Gorn, Special Education Program Support; 414-768-6179, s.gorn@ocfsd.org

Ms. Emilie Tregellas, Student Services Program Support; 414-768-6168, e.tregellas@ocfsd.org

The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District offers a continuum of services for students with special education needs. Students who are suspected of having a disability are referred for an evaluation to determine if they have an impairment and need for special education.  Students may qualify in the following areas:

Our goal in Oak Creek-Franklin is to ensure all students with disabilities receive their federally guaranteed free, appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment, thus promoting inclusive schooling.  OCFSD offers a range of services to students with disabilities requiring special education.  Once determined eligible, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed and students may begin receiving services.  Students identified as having special education needs are eligible to receive services from birth to age 21. OCFSD is committed to provide an equal educational opportunity to all children with disabilities within the district. 

Special Education (Child Find): Upon request, the Oak Creek-Franklin School District is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made. Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Dr. Ted Gennerman, Director of Special Education and Student Services, Oak Creek Franklin Joint School District, 7630 S. 10th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154, 414-768-6144.