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. 

Our Staff

Office Staff

Kristi Hilzendeger - Director

Debbie Cahoy - Business Manager

Danae Kemnitz - Administrative Assistant

Speech Language Pathologists

Tiffany Alberston, SLPA

Judy Barnett

Kelli Fischer

Morgan Heisinger, SLPA

Barb Jonkers

Allison Koch

Occupational Therapy

Brad Ramey 

Physical Therapy

Lauri Rothschadl 

School Psychologists

Kasandra Girard

Ericka Kotab

Tanya Krueger

Special Education Early Childhood Teachers

Michelle Kurtz

Lois Snethen

Tammy Weisser


Carla Boyle

Nancy Cooke 

Allisan VanWinkle

Carl Perkins Contact

Karen Ranek