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Special Education

Harrison County Special Services Center, on a painted circle of green with puzzle pieces  

Welcome to the Special Services Center!




Harrison County School District provides effective educational programs to students with disabilities who are in need of special education and other services necessary to enable them to benefit from instruction as provided for in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state law.




Child Find

HOW TO REFER A CHILD – If you know or suspect that a child residing in the Harrison County School District has a disability, please contact your child’s school. The Child Find Coordinator will ensure that the student is referred to the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) for consideration of a comprehensive evaluation, as specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004 (IDEA 2004). The Harrison County School District shall adhere to and implement procedures regarding Child Find as outlined in State Board Policy 74.19.

A referral may also be made by calling the Special Services Center at 228-832-9344.

Rhoda Williams, Child Find Coordinator





Special Education | The Mississippi Department of Education

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)



Special Education Department Staff



Dr. Dawn Hearn – Director of Special Education


Dr. Shelly Simmons – Assistant Director of Special Education

Lorie Estes – Data Clerk

Barbara Brock - Secretary

RaShae Favre - Bookkeeper

ALL Staff Listing with Emails






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16049 Orange Grove Road Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: (228) 832-9344
Fax: (228) 831-1761