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Laura Fong, Ed.D.
Approximately 7,300 students from birth to 21 years
of age are served by Special Education in the 20 school districts in the county
and by the Merced County Office of Education.
In Merced County, all 20 school districts are part
of the Merced County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The Merced
County Office of Education houses the SELPA office and acts as the
administrative head of the SELPA. The governance of the SELPA is vested in the
Superintendent’s Board of Directors committee composed of superintendents
representing the 20 school districts and by the Merced County Superintendent,
Steve Tietjen, click on the SELPA-Merced County icon in the left menu.
Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) operates programs to meet the needs of
students with moderate to severe needs preschool to age 22. In addition, MCOE
provides services to children from birth to age 3 who have or at risk of having
disabilities. The Merced County Office of Education also provides services
county wide for students who need school based occupational therapy, deaf and
hard of hearing services, adapted physical education, orthopedically impaired
services or visually impaired services.
Laura Fong, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, is the administrator of the department.
Contact us: Phone: (209) 381-6711 Fax: (209) 381-6765
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