• The Benton County School System is committed to having students reach their highest levels of academic and personal performance.  The Benton County Board of Education and its employees attempt to provide effective instructional leadership, responsible fiscal management, and a healthy learning environment for all students.  The goal of the school district is that students be prepared to ultimately be successful and productive citizens in our democratic society. All children with disabilities residing in the state, including children with disabilities who are homeless children or are wards of the state, and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated; and a practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services.  A proportionate share of IDEA dollars is set aside to provide services to eligible parentally-placed private school children.

    Who is Eligible for Services?

    If you suspect that your child needs additional educational support to achieve his or her educational potential, the Benton County School System strongly encourages you to contact us.  The school system will provide a FREE screening and possible full evaluation of your child to determine any special needs and services for which your child might be eligible.  The Benton County School System adheres to all federal and state requirements as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the State of Tennessee Special Education Eligibility Standards.


  • The Benton County Schools Child Find program identifies children between the ages of three and twenty-one with special education needs including developmental delays, specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, speech/language impairments, other health impairments, blind, functional delays, hearing impairments, physical impairments, autism, serious emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, intellectually gifted, and traumatic brain injury.  Educational needs are determined through interviews and child evaluations.  Areas evaluated may include, but are not limited to vision, hearing, speech and language motor, cognitive and adaptive development.

    Following the evaluation, if a child is determined to meet Tennessee State Eligibility Standards and be in need of special education services, an Individual Education Program (IEP) will be developed for the child and a free appropriate program offered to meet the child’s educational needs.

    For additional information and question, please contact:

    Director of Special Programs

    Sharon Latendresse

    Benton County Schools

    197 Briarwood Street

    Camden, TN 38320

    Office 731-584-6111

    Fax     731-584-8142