The Special Programs Department provides services to students with a variety of special needs from 3 to 21 years of age.  Early childhood special education services include developmental therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy for students ages 3 to 5.  When students are ready to start kindergarten, a transition to kindergarten conference is conducted for each early childhood student.  School age special education services include, but are not limited to:  academic specialized instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychoeducational evaluations, and services for students that are placed in a homebound setting and/or private school.  For additional information or questions, please contact our office.

Special Programs Office:  Phone:  479-471-3187      Fax:  479-471-3147

Chrisy Young Chrisy.young@vbsd.us

Director of Special Services

Paula Mannis Paula.mannis@vbsd.us

Asst. Dir. of Sp. Services, Dir. of Early Childhood Special Ed., 504 Coordinator


Gary Tate – Assistant to Director of Special Services    Gtate@vbsd.us

Lyndsay Rucker – Assistant to Director of Special Services     Lyndsay.rucker@vbsd.us

Consultants:                                        Buildings:

Kelly Henson                                       Central, Northridge Middle, Rena, Tate


Sarah Robinson                                   Freshman, VBHS, Parkview, Oliver Springs


Audra Titsworth                                   ALE, Butterfield, Central, King


Special Education Teachers:                 


Freshman Academy:

Butterfield Trail Middle School:

Northridge Middle School:



Oliver Springs:




Early Childhood:

Speech Language Pathologists:

Emily Benoit Emily.benoit@vbsd.us – Central

Kendra Fanning kfanning@vbsd.us – Rena

Allison Frazier Allison.frazier@vbsd.us – Central

Donna Helmer donna.helmer@vbsd.us – Oliver Springs

Ashley Moad Ashley.moad@vbsd.us – Oliver Springs

Leah Rogers leah.rogers@vbsd.us – Northridge Middle

Sharon Treat Sharon.treat@vbsd.us – Tate

Aubrey Whitehead Aubrey.whitehead@vbsd.us – Early Childhood

Cynthia Whitson cwhitson@vbsd.us – Parkview

Sydnie Wilkins Sydnie.wilkins@vbsd.us – Butterfield Middle