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Special Education

Co-Op Staff

Donna Tugwell, Director

Raegan Moatassem, Secretary

Jennifer Eckel
Molly Strube
Keri Burton
Jamie Metcalf
Anna Marie Nichols

Special Education Counselor
Suzanne Cooper

ARD Facilitator
Tonya Tropp

Speech Therapists
Necia Little
Cassidy Crews
Molly Wright

Transition Specialist
Keri Burton

Alto ISD District Translator
Sandie Pierce

Cherokee County Special Education SSA

203 East 7th Street

Rusk, Texas 75785

Phone: 903-683-4466

Fax: 903-683-2104


Fiscal Agent: Rusk ISD

Member Districts:

Alto ISD, Rusk ISD,

New Summerfield ISD, and Wells ISD


Alto ISD, member district of the Cherokee County Special Education SSA, is in the process of planning the federal programs and writing the consolidated federal grant for the school year 2021-2022.  Services through some or all of federal programs may be available for your private school if eligibility requirements are met.  Private schools that receive these services must comply with all requisite federal policies and procedures.

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, I would like to invite you to a consultation meeting to be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Rusk ISD Administrative Building.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Donna Tugwell, Special Education Director at 903-683-4466.