Yankton, SD: Almost 30% of elementary students have an IEP

Sept 6, 2018, Gillette (WY) News Record: South Dakota school celebrates 30 years of special education YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — For more than 30 years, Yankton's Stewart School has had an entire wing of its building dedicated to providing special education services. "It's been around since 1987, and was kind of created on a napkin by Joyce Wentworth, our former director of student services," said Jerome Klimisch, principal of Stewart Elementary School. "She got to be the design person with Linda Balfany, the special education teacher."… Today, Stewart School enrolls about 300 children in all, and almost a third are in special ed. "It turned into something that I think is a fabulous special ed program in the area." Klimisch said. "We have probably 90 students on IEPs (Individualized Education programs). Given the size of our school, we have a good representation of Special Education kids."