Department of Special Services

  •   Leadership Team


    Dr. Cassandra Strickland, Director of Federal Programs

          C. Strickland    843-423-1811, ext. 1113 

    Gretchen Whitman, Coordinator of Special Services

           gw       843-423-1811, ext. 1111

    Dr. Nickia Pinckney-Burks, Coordinator of Special Services

           nb               843-423-1811, ext.1120 

  • Welcome

    The Office of Special Services provides ongoing support to students, parents, teachers and administrators.  Social work services, health services, and psychological services are available to facilitate student success.  The coordination and supervision of special education programs including preschool disabilities is also an integral part of this office.  Marion County School District provides a full continuum of special education programs and services in order to best meet our district vision to educate, prepare and inspire!


  • Mission and Purpose 

    The purpose of the Marion County School District Department of Special Services is to complement the general education curriculum so that students with disabilities receive a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment and educate, prepare, and inspire students to be productive citizens in a changing global society. 

    Marion County Department of Special Services meets the individual needs of students ages 3-21 who qualify for special education and related services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

    In collaboration with teachers, schools, therapist, practitioners, and psychologists, the Marion County School District Department of Special Services serves 675 students with special needs.