About Us

Mission Statement
The South Central Cooperative is a multi-service agency which provides specialized services desired by the agencies it serves.

What is the South Central Cooperative?
The South Central Cooperative is an interschool district educational service unit authorized under the authority of South Dakota Codified Law 13-5-31. Initially organized in 1974 to provide speech, language and hearing services, the Cooperative has since expanded to offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood special education services and school psychology services to its member districts.

Governance and Administration
The South Central Cooperative is governed by a Center Board of Directors composed of one school member from each member district. An Advisory Board, composed of the superintendent/CEO from each member district, makes recommendations to the Center Board.

How is the Cooperative Funded?
The Cooperative receives federal, state and local school district funds.

How are Services Provided?
Direct services are provided on-site within the geographic boundaries of the member school districts. Early Childhood Teachers and School Psychologists are certified by the South Dakota Department of Education. Speech/Language Pathologists are licensed by the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Speech/Language Pathology. Physical and Occupational Therapists are licensed by the South Dakota State Board of Medical Osteopathic Examiners.