Gainesville ISD Special Services
     Special Education, Section 504,  and Dyslexia 
    1201 Lindsay St.
    Gainesville, TX 76240
    940-668-0357 (fax)
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    The Gainesville ISD Special Education
    and Special Services department provide specialized services,
    training, and support to all schools within GISD. 


  • SPED Director
    GISD is pleased to announce Mrs. Brittenie Polk as the new Director of Special Education.  Mrs. Polk came to GISD in 2016 as the Principal of W.E. Chalmers Elementary.  Polk has been in education for a total of 14 years, with the past 7 in campus administration at both the secondary and elementary levels.
    Mrs. Polk graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelors in History and a Minor in Education.  She later obtained a Masters degree from Abilene Christian University.

    As spoken by Rita Pearson, Mrs. Polk believes that "every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” 

    Polk fills the role of Kim Otto, who is retiring from GISD after 10 years as the Director of Special Education.  Otto leaves public education with a total of 32 years of service, 28 of those in GISD, and will transition to the Principal of St. Mary's Catholic School.
    "I have enjoyed my years growing as an educator at GISD as a teacher, Principal, and Director.  The last ten years have been deeply rewarding working with special education students and their families," Otto said.  "I am excited for my new endeavors at St. Mary's.  The students and staff at GISD will always hold a special place in my heart, and I know that the Special Services department is in good hands with Mrs. Polk."
    Purpose:  The purpose of this Child Find notice is to identify, locate, and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age with known or suspected disabilties who reside in and/or attend school within Gainesville ISD boundaries.  This includes all homeschool and private school students.  Child find is a free referral service designed to determine whether a need for special education and related services exists.  Children learn at different rates, but some children have significant difficulty in one or more areas of development.  If you are concerned your child may be learning different from others and your child lives within Gainesville ISD attendance zone, please contact Brittenie Polk at (940)612-0730.  Parent involvement and agreement is obtained prior to any assessment.  Information is confidential and the pivacy of the child and parent is protected.