Eastern Service Unit

The Eastern Service Unit (ESU) serves students in four school districts with handicapping conditions including: learning disabilities, cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, speech and language impairment, and physical impairment. Constituent members of ESU include Fruitport, Oakridge, Orchard View, and Ravenna school districts. Special education services and facilities are available for students from birth through age 26.

Programs provided by the Eastern Service Unit are:

North-East Education Center - The North East Education Center is a centralized program for students who are emotionally impaired, grades K-12. It serves the four ESU districts and five other school districts in Muskegon County through a cooperative arrangement between the Eastern and North Service Units.

Eastern Service Unit Cognitively Impaired (CI) Programs - Fruitport Community Schools house the regional programs for the cognitively impaired, through age 26, which are administered by the Eastern Service Unit. Classrooms are located at Beach Elementary School, Fruitport Middle School and Fruitport High School. Individualized programming for this special needs population emphasizes self help skills, community based instruction and vocational training.

Eastern Service Unit Severely Impaired (SXI) Programs - Housed at Wolf Lake Elementary and the Middle School in the Oakridge School District. These programs serve students from grade K-12. These students require specialized instruction and care in order to meet their physical, emotional and academic needs as determined by an IEP team.

Eastern Service Unit Early Childhood Special Education Home Program - The ESU Early Childhood Special Education Home Program, provides special education services to children from birth through age two who have handicapping conditions. Students are referred through a variety of sources, including parents, physicians, the Muskegon County Health Department and local hospitals. A diagnostic team determines eligibility.

Learning Disabilities Eligibility Determination

Each school district and public school academy in Michigan is required to publicly post the process it uses to determine the existance of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) for Special Education eligibility.  Consistent with the requirement, the Fruitport Community School District reports the following:

For determination of a SLD, a Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) is currently used in all buildings, at all grade levels.  in order for a child to be eligible, s/he must meet the following criterion as part of the determination process:

Exhibits a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age, Michigan grade-level standards, or intellectual development, that is determined to be relevant to the identification of a specific learning disability.

Assessment that addresses each of these areas above must be conducted to meet the federal requirement for a full and individual evaluation.

For further information, please review the following:

MAISD's Students with Learning Disabilities: Criteria for Identification available of the MAISD's Website