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In June of 2020, Kent ISD started planning for the 2020-2021 school year. We are focused on three themes that guided our planning. They are: 

  • Safe - Our top priority is student and staff safety. 
  • Protected - We are prepared to provide sanitary learning environments and the personal protections needed for everyone. 
  • Connected - We encourage regular dialogue between parents and staff on any safety and security issues; we are working to ensure the social and emotional needs of students and staff are addressed; and we are committed to providing online education as necessary to meet the needs of families.

A central component of our planning was regular communication and collaboration with the Kent County Health Department. Our plan was developed based on the latest scientific studies and research on COVID-19 and it is in alignment with the Governor’s MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap. 

Kent ISD Special Education Center Program Update - English (September 24, 2020)

Kent ISD Special Education Center Program Update - Spanish (September 24, 2020)

Student Handbook - 2020-2021

Kent ISD Special Education Center Programs Return to Learning Plan - English (August 10, 2020)

Kent ISD Special Education Center Programs Return to Learning Plan - Spanish (August 10, 2020)

Parent/Guardian Letter - Return to Learning - English (August 3, 2020)

Parent/Guardian Letter - Return to Learning - Spanish (August 3, 2020)

Kent ISD - COVID-19 Other Resources

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.

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
616.363.8102
Cheryl Bauer
Administrative Assistant
616-363-8108
Rachel Vandenbrink
Nurse Coordinator
616-363-8111
Brianna Conners
Finance and Supports Coordinator
616-363-8109
Amy Slagboom
EL & Student Supports Coordinator
616-447-5677

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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