Special Education

Special Services

Welcome to Farmington Area Public Schools special services (special education) web site. This site is designed as a resource to staff members, parents and community members interested in special education information.

Special Services Office
20655 Flagstaff Ave
Farmington, MN 55024
Phone: (651) 463-5020
Fax: (651) 463-5021


Kim Chalmers, Director of Special Services          
Phone: (651) 463-5020
Email: kchalmers@farmington.k12.mn.us

Craig Mares, Assistant Director of Special Services            
Phone: (651) 463-5020
Email: cmares@farmington.k12.mn.us

Gail Setterstrom, MA, RN, LSN, Health Services Coordinator  
Phone: (651) 460-1965
Email: gsetterstrom@farmington.k12.mn.us
Gail Setterstrom

In Farmington, a range of special education services are provided to students from birth through age 21 who have had a disability identified. Each building has a team that considers referrals, provides an assessment and then works with parents to develop an individualized education plan (IEP) that will meet the needs of the student.

The majority of students are served in regular classrooms with support from special education staff members. Our district also works with Intermediate District 917 to provide some low-incidence services.

Special education provides services for students identified as: learning disabled, emotional/behavior disordered, hearing or visually impaired, mentally impaired, physically disabled, speech/language delayed, autistic, developmentally delayed or in need of adapted physical education, occupational/physical therapy or psychological services.

Approximately 920 students from our district receive special education services. To the extent appropriate, we serve children in their home schools and in their regular classrooms. If you have any concerns about your child's development, please contact your child's teacher, principal or the Director of Special Services, Kim Chalmers, at (651) 463-5020.

State of Minnesota and Federal Funds are utilized in support of special education programs. Parents and community members may review applications, reports and evaluations of district activities supported by these funds. Contact Kim Chalmers at (651) 463-5050 with any questions regarding special education.