Center Programs

Kent ISD Center Programs provide specialized services to meet the needs of students with individual education programs (IEPs) that have complex needs. Kent ISD operates nine Center Programs for students, birth through the age of 26 years old, who reside within the boundaries of Kent County and its member districts. Placement is determined through the IEP team process when the team determines highly specialized services are needed to meet the individual needs of a student.

Vision: Kent ISD Center Programs will empower and equip students with the strategies and skills needed to maximize their participation and independence and to ensure equitable access in school, community, career, and life.

Our Center Programs

Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center offers students age 3-5 pre-school special education. The program has two locations: Greenridge Elementary and South Godwin Elementary.

Oral Deaf

The Oral Deaf Program services students who are deaf or hard of hearing, from birth through secondary education.

Kent Educational Center - Beltline

KEC Beltline is a dual program for students with emotional impairments offering a high school diploma as well as preparing them for transitioning into the world of work.

Kent Educational Center - Oakleigh

KEC Oakleigh serves students K-8 who have significant emotional impairments and persistent behavioral concerns. The goal is to teach coping skills and strategies that will allow students to self-regulate their behaviors and transition back to their local school program. 

Lincoln Development Center

Lincoln Developmental Center is part of the Lincoln Campus continuum and serves students Kindergarten through age 26 whose needs are in the areas of severe multiple impairment, cognitive impairment, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Programming includes speech, physical and occupational therapy as needed.

Lincoln School

Lincoln School serves students with special needs from Kindergarten through age 26. Students at Lincoln School have moderate to sever cognitive impairments, are severely multiply impaired, or have autism. Pine Grove is part of the Lincoln Campus continuum.

Pine Grove Learning Center

Pine Grove serves students with special needs who have moderate to sever cognitive impairments, are severely multiply impaired, or have autism from Kindergarten through age 26. Pine Grove is part of the Lincoln Campus continuum.

Community Transition Campus

Community Transition Campus serves students with special needs age 18-26.

Paul Dymowski
Director of Center Programs
Cheryl Bauer
Administrative Assistant
Rachel Vandenbrink
Nurse Coordinator
Brianna Conners
Finance and Supports Coordinator
Amy Slagboom
EL & Student Supports Coordinator

About Us

Photo of Paul Dymowski, Director of Center Programs

Paul Dymowski - Director of Center Programs

Paul believes that all students have special strengths and abilities and that it is the job of educators to maximize those abilities. Paul graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Grand Valley State University. He is a lifelong learner with additional endorsements from Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University in special education, administration and leadership. He has passionately served students and families as a classroom teacher, Early On® Supervisor, Transition Coordinator, 504 Coordinator and Administrator of Special Education. In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Contact Center Programs

Kent ISD, Center Programs
2930 Knapp St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525