Department of Exceptional Children

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Gaston County Schools' Department for Exceptional Children is to ensure that children and youth with disabilities develop educationally, socially, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of a free, appropriate education and related services in the least restrictive environment.

    Current DEC initiatives include
    • Implementation of a NC State Improvement Project Grant for Reading, Math, and Co-Teaching
    • Assistive Technology Loan Center
    • LEA Strategic Plan
    • Child Find
    • Behavior Support Team
    • Rapid Behavior Team
    • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention-CPI
    • Post Secondary Transition Program - 

      to visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children website. 


  • Carrie Minnich
    Executive Director, Exceptional Children 
    Preschool Evaluation Team
    Private School Referral Contact
    Dana Lutz
    Advisory Board for Children with Disabilities (ABCD Board)