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Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) was formed in December 1957 after St. Louis County voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum establishing a countywide local school district to support the educational needs of children with disabilities.

At the same time, voters indicated the value they placed on educating children with disabilities by including in the referendum a countywide tax levy to fund the District. This investment by the community provides a separate dedicated funding source to support SSD’s programs and services. SSD’s unique status as a countywide public school district with its own tax base provides stability as well as equal access to a quality education for students across the county.

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1957 SSD and its tax levy is established by voter referendum

 1958 The District begins educating students

 1961
SSD opens its first special education school—Ackerman School in Florissant

1966
SSD begins providing technical education to students

1974
SSD expands services to students with more profound disabilities

1975
The federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act is passed (evolved into the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - IDEA)

1976
SSD begins educating preschool-aged children with disabilities

1978
The first work experience training site opens at St. John’s Hospital (now Mercy Hospital).

1984
The federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act is passed

1990
The District begins its Special Olympics program.

1996
The Governing Council for Special School District is established

1998
Governing Council’s role expands to include electing the SSD Board of Education

1998
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program begins

2000
SSD and stakeholders develop a comprehensive Partnership Plan

2007
The District begins its Baldrige program journey

2015
SSD wins a Missouri Quality Award

2015
North Technical High School becomes a Missouri A+ school

2015
Educational Partnership Agreement is developed with each partner district

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12110 Clayton Rd, Town & Country, MO 63131  /  314.989.8100  /  314.989.8552 – 711 (Missouri Relay)

Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is a leader in providing special education services to students with disabilities and also provides a wide range of career and technical education programs.
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