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Special Education Department

Malakoff Special Programs Department

Director – Laurie Holcombe


1209 W Royall Blvd. 

Malakoff TX 75148

Fax 903.489.1389


Special Education Services are available to eligible students ages 0-21 who may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following areas:
  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Non-Categorical
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Health Impairment
  • Speech and/or Language
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
Services, at no cost to the family, are available to all eligible individuals regardless of the severity of the disability. For more information contact the Malakoff ISD Special Education Department at 903-489-1387.

Malakoff Child Find

Transition Resources


Laurie Holcombe, Director

Raigen Neal, Speech Pathologist

Scotti Spencer, Diagnostician

Season Bain-Bivins, Dyslexia Specialist/Diagnostician

Donna Samples, Transition Specialist/Homebound Teacher

Donise Reed, Instuctor of VI, Case Manager

Glendalis Torres, Speech Therapist Assistant

Erin Loper, LSSP

Casey Skinner, Secretary


Parent resources:

Texas Transition Guide:

Texas Transition Guide Spanish:

Legal framework

Procedural Safeguards  English:


Texas Guide to Transition and Employment

Parents Guide to the ARD process English


Texas Education Agency Special Education Center

The following websites provide information and resources for students with disabilities and their families.


Supported Decision Making Information:  (The supported decision making form is at the bottom of the link above).


Speech/Language Parent Resources:


Special Education Referrals:


If you suspect your child may have a disability outlined in the Texas Education Code, please contact your child’s campus administrator. It is important to remember that the TEA requires public schools to use their eligibility criteria and not medical criteria. 

If a parent makes a written request for an initial evaluation for special education services to the director of special education services or an administrative employee of the school district or open enrollment charter school, the district or charter school must respond no later than 15 school days after receiving the request. At that time, the district or charter school must give the parent a prior written notice of whether it agrees to or refuses to evaluate the student, along with a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards.  If the school district or charter school agrees to evaluate the student, it must also give the parent the opportunity to give written consent for the evaluation. 

Please note that a request for a special education evaluation may be made verbally and does not need to be in writing.  Districts and charter schools must still comply with all federal prior written notice and procedural safeguard requirements and the requirements for identifying, locating, and evaluating children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education. However, a verbal request does not require the district or charter school to respond within the 15-school-day timeline.

If the district or charter school decides to evaluate the student, it must complete the student’s initial evaluation and evaluation report no later than 45 school days from the day it receives a parent’s written consent to evaluate the student.  However, if the student is absent from school during the evaluation period for three or more school days, the evaluation period will be extended by the number of school days equal to the number of school days that the student is absent.

There is an exception to the 45-school-day timeline.  If a district or charter school receives a parent’s consent for the initial evaluation at least 35 but less than 45 school days before the last instructional day of the school year, it must complete the written report and provide a copy of the report to the parent by June 30 of that year. However, if the student is absent from school for three or more days during the evaluation period, the June 30th due date no longer applies. Instead, the general timeline of 45 school days plus extensions for absences of three or more days will apply.

Upon completing the evaluation, the district or charter school must give the parent a copy of the evaluation report at no cost.

Additional information regarding special education is available from the district or charter school in a companion document titled Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process

District Contact Person for Special Education Referrals:

The designated person to contact regarding options for a student experiencing learning difficulties or regarding a referral for evaluation for special education services is:

Contact Person:Laurie Holcombe

Phone Number:903.489.1387

Esped link: