ACS and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Asheboro City Schools continues to work with local public health officials during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. We are developing our re-entry plans for the 2020-2021 school year to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We will update the following pages throughout the summer as our plans become more definitive. 

Exceptional Children


The vision of the Asheboro City Schools Exceptional Children’s Department is to create opportunities that enable and empower each student with special needs to develop to their maximum potential in their school and community.


Asheboro City School Exceptional Children’s Services Department partners with students, staff, families and our community to provide meaningful individualized instruction to achieve on-going academic growth, while facilitating social and emotional development resulting in students becoming self-advocates and active members of the community. 

We are a community of special educators unified in our beliefs that:

  • Setting and maintaining high expectations fosters student learning and growth;
  • Each student has a right to a free and appropriate public education and our role is to safe-guard and champion efforts that ensure equitable access to quality instruction;
  • Collaboration between home and school is critical to supporting the whole child;
  • By removing barriers to learning, each student has the opportunity to receive a meaningful educational experience;
  • Exceptional Children service delivery can be strengthened by engaging in a systematic problem-solving process to improve student outcomes at the district, school, classroom, and individual student level.

Child Find Efforts in North Carolina and the Department of Public Instruction

North Carolina has a continuing Child Find procedure in place to locate all children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services. This effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education, even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The purpose of this procedure is to enhance public understanding of exceptional children and youth and with special needs, to identify and locate the children and youth, and to inform the public of available services. The collection and use of data to meet the requirements of Child Find are subject to confidentiality requirements.

In each of Asheboro City Schools a poster and brochures are available to the public regarding NCDPI's efforts to provide information to parents, grandparents, and guardians about the Child Find Process. For more information regarding this effort, please select the following link: Child Find—NCDPI


If you child is between the ages of 3 and 21, and you suspect delays in the development of speech-language, readiness, motor, social-behavior, academic, and self-help skills...

  • Concerned parents of preschool children can contact Holly White at the Early Childhood Development Center at 336-672-6636

  • Concerned parents of school-age children can contact their child’s home school to learn more about the Multi-Tiered System of Supports that including intervention and Intensive Intervention supports offered.

Who to Contact
Please click on the name of the person you wish to contact by email.
Ray Horton, Director of Exceptional Children Services and Lead Program Specialist
Barb Skelly, Exceptional Children's Lead Program Specialist
Dana Hollingsworth, Program Specialist (Compliance)
Pam Johnson, Program Specialist (Transition)
Annette McLeod, Administrative Assistant and Data Manager (CECAS/ECATS)
Laura Trogdon, Lead Speech and Language Therapist
Pete Brown, School Psychologist
Susan Huff, Occupational Therapist 

Parent Resources
Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education:
NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards Handbook
Derechos y Responsabilidades de los Padres de Familia en Educación Especial:
Manual de Aviso de Salvaguardias Procesales de Carolina del Norte
Exceptional Children's Assistance Center
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