Welcome to the Hill City School District. My name is Steve Helgeland and I am the Special Education Director for the district. In addition to being the Special Education Director I also oversee the Title III (English Language Learners) program, assist with Title I (a federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students), act as our Section 504 coordinator (an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met), and oversee our McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
While this is only my second year at Hill City I am excited to be here and am impressed with the staff and students who make up our districts. With a strong commitment to teaching and learning coupled with well researched curriculum and innovative intervention our teachers work hard to ensure that all students receive an appropriate education. In addition to our outstanding academics students have numerous extracurricular opportunities for enrichment, competition, and enjoyment.
A little about myself. I have worked as an elementary general education teacher, a middle school/high school special education teacher, and a special education director. I have worked in districts in eastern South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming. I received my undergraduate degree from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD as a non-traditional student and did my graduate work at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. I am married with three children and too many pets to list. As a family we enjoy a wide variety of activities mostly being outdoors and being active.
If you have any questions regarding special education, Title I, Title III, or Section 504 please click on the email link and send me a message.