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 9 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.

Center Programs Review

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Contact Information

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 outdoors with his wife and four children.

Email: pauldymowski@kentisd.org
Phone: 616-363-8102

Cheryl Bauer - Administrative Assistant

Email: cherylbauer@kentisd.org
Phone: 616-363-8108

Our Center Programs

Early On

Early On assists families with infants and toddlers, from birth until 36 months, who have a delay in their development or a diagnosed disability.

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 serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing, from birth through secondary education.

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. 

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.

Pine Grove Learning Center

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

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.

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.

Community Transition Campus