Special Education Administration and Compliance

Approximately 40,000 students with disabilities are currently being served by Wayne County's 33 local school districts and approximately 110 public school academies. The large majority of these students are provided appropriate programs within their resident districts.

Approximately 7,000 students have more severe impairments (often referred to as "low incident" students) that require placement in the 57 special education center programs located throughout the county. A center program serves low incidence students from several local school districts at a single site. All 57 special education center programs are operated by local school districts.

PDF DocumentWayne RESA Special Education Plan - Revised February 2017
View and Download Special Education Forms

What's Happening

PDF DocumentHow to Write Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives

PDF DocumentGuidance: Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP)

PDF DocumentA Paraprofessionals Guide to Understanding Specific Disabilities

Powerpoint DocumentAutism Spectrum Disorder Guidelines - Fall 2012



Special education monitoring is a mandated function of each Michigan intermediate school district. The monitoring focuses on a dual system of compliance and continuous improvement activities. The Continuous Improvement & Monitoring System-2 (CIMS-2) is the revised system used to analyze and interpret data and to ensure compliance  with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) of 2004 and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education. This process is based on priorities established in the IDEA 2004 and the State Performance Plan (SPP). The CIMS-2 process is implemented through an electronic workbook.  For more information go to: http://cims.cenmi.org/Home.aspx .


Investigating formal complaints brought against local school districts and public school academies is another mandated function of intermediate school districts. Wayne RESA in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education must conduct its investigation, including a written and fully documented final report, within 60 calendar days.

Data Collection

Personnel Documentation

Wayne RESA maintains data and documents related to the professional credentials of providers of special education programs and services employed by Wayne County school districts. This database of qualified staff is submitted electronically to MDE as part of the December 1 Count.  

Regina Baker
(734) 334-1502
John Cloft
Manager, Grant Finance and Compliance
(734) 334-1489
Darnella Delfine
(734) 334-1372
Dr. Patricia Drake
(734) 334-1484
Lisa Farkas
(734) 334-1625
Trenisha Fuller
(734) 334-1495
Rebecca Garbus
(734) 334-1549
Karen Howey
Executive Director
Christina Kujawa
(734) 334-1496
Chris McEvoy
Consultant, Behavior Support
(734) 334-1398
Rose Mendola
(734) 334-1555
Donna Pletcher
Finance Liaison
(734) 334-1822
Patti Silveri
(734) 334-1378
Karrie St Pierre
(734) 334-1493
Larry Stemple
(734) 334-1541
Nicole Thompson
(734) 334-1497
Lois Vaughan-Hussain
(734) 334-1604