Killeen Independent School District is looking to hire a new special education director.

The description for the position the district provided is to “assist the executive director for special education in providing sound educational programs for children who are eligible for special education services.”

The current executive director is Janice Peronto. Peronto, former Cedar Valley Elementary principal, was hired in March 2016 following a seven-month search.

The opening follows the promotion of Paula Lawrason, who was appointed principal of Union Grove Elementary School.

She began her career in 1996 as a special education teacher at Ellison Ninth Grade Center. After six years in that role, Lawrason served for three years, beginning in 2002, as special education coordinator at Shoemaker High School. She served from 2005-2012, and again from 2013-2015, as assistant principal at Shoemaker High School.

After a year as director of curriculum and instruction at Shoemaker High, Lawrason was named in 2016 as KISD’s director for special education.

Qualifications for special education director includes a master's degree, five years of special education experience, a principal or mid-management certificate and a special education certificate.

To complete an online application, visit Under the departments tab, then human resources, potential applicants can search job openings. The posting ID for special education director is 3579. | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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