Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

Special Education

The mission of the Special Education department is to assist students in recognizing and utilizing their strengths, improving their areas of weakness, becoming academically successful, and becoming career or college ready individuals.

Marengo Community High School offers five different special education programs and provides related services for eligible students. We also offer employment and career support through our Career and Transition Program. The Student Support Team (SST) and teachers will integrate in class and out of class interventions for struggling students prior to determining whether or not a referral for a case study evaluation needs to occur. Students may be referred for a case study by faculty or parents.The student's parent or guardian must give written authorization before any testing for eligibility can take place.

All students receiving special education instruction and/or services must have an annually developed Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) designed to meet their specific educational needs. Parents are encouraged to work with the school to understand and help develop the I.E.P. When deemed appropriate, a behavioral intervention plan will be developed, too. Copies of the Behavioral Intervention Policy and Guidelines and information on parental rights are presented annually to parents of students receiving special education services and are available at the high school.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the IDEA may qualify for services under Section 504 if the student: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of a physical or mental impairment; or (3) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. 105 ILCS 5/14-6.01, amended by P.A. 100-1112. Please contact Mrs. Julie Amendt at 815-568-6511 x1333 for more information.

Special Education Staff

Julie Amendt PhotoJulie Amendt

Director of Special Education

Betsy Brosch PhotoBetsy Brosch

Assisted Study Hall Coordinator

Roger Engwall PhotoRoger Engwall


Alan Garrard PhotoAlan Garrard


Anya Ostapczuk PhotoAnya Ostapczuk


Julie Urbanek PhotoJulie Urbanek