Fairway School

The Fairway School Program offers a wide array of services to children in Crawford County. These services are arranged and developed through the Local Education Agency, the Early Childhood Collaborative and families of children. Fairway School involves community agencies, the children and their families and other professionals in the planning and services for children.


In December 2016, Fairway Preschool received a prestigious 5-star rating from the Ohio Department of Education in the new Step Up to Quality rating system, which is based on national research standards.

The 5-star rating is based on four different domains: Learning and Development, Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, Administrative and Leadership Practices, and Family and Community Partnerships. The 5-Star rating is in effect for 3-years, 12-4-16 through 12-4-19.

Step Up to Quality is Ohio’s rating system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Participating programs can earn from one to five stars. All Early Learning Childhood Education and Preschool Special Education Programs funded by the Ohio Department of Education are mandated to participate in Step Up To Quality and are required to achieve a rating of 3, 4, or 5 to maintain state funding, as well as administer and report on the Early Learning Assessment for all early childhood education and preschool special education funded children.

Under the leadership of Special Education Supervisor Kathy Wells, the preschool team submitted a comprehensive written report detailing the operations and practices of Fairway Preschool. In the fall of 2016, ODE evaluators conducted an onsite visit which included interviews, classroom observation, reviews of lesson plans and the comprehensive application.

Special Services

Occupational/Physical Therapy

Speech Therapy

Nursing Services

Intervention Specialist

Adaptive Physical Education

Services are individualized

Why should I send my child to Fairway School?

Fairway Schools uses the Teaching Strategies Gold curriculum which is research-based. Gold is grounded in 38 objectives that predict school success and are aligned to state early learning standards. Gold helps teachers by pinpointing where children are in their development and learning.

Fairway Schools also aligns program components with Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation tool to assure opportunities for language and development indicators for monitoring each child’s progress.

Fairway Schools offers:

  • Preschool for children on an IEP at no cost to the family
  • Full-day, 4 days per week programming
  • Inclusion with children with typical skills
  • Toilet training for those children ready for the next step
  • Small school setting and a high staff ratio
  • Integrated Speech, OT, PT and Adaptive Physical Education
  • Highly skilled instructors, specialist and assistants
  • Preschool classes (for a fee) for children with typical skills
  • A safe, positive & nurturing environment
  • Transportation to and from school

Fairway School Contact Information

How To Contact Us:

Fairway School

1650 E. Southern Ave.

Bucyrus, OH 44820


419-562-3176 Fax

Ms. Kathy Wells - Supervisor of Special Education Services - ext. 149



Mrs. Faith Achtermann - Secretary - ext. 111

Ms. Lily Rockwell - Speech and Language

Mrs. Jennifer Kuhn - Teacher

Mrs. Amie Heinlen - Teacher Assistant

Ms. Lydia Sullivan - Teacher

Mrs. Bernadette Edler - Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Jami Gorrell - Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Nye - Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Tonya Jones - Teacher

Mrs. Janet Sutter - Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Katie Bowmar - Teacher

Mrs. Aimee Blankenship - Teacher Assistant

Fairway School - Early Intervention


The Early Intervention Program serves children birth to three years of age who have been diagnosed with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. If the child is eligible, highly trained Fairway staff assists the parents in designing home services to meet the needs of the child and family. Since parents, family and caregivers are the first and most important teachers in a child’s life, they are actively involved in learning new techniques to assist their child. The staff, child, family and friends join forces and create a team.


Services are confidential, available to families at no cost and are tailored to meet the family’s needs as identified in the Individual Family Service Plan. On-going support may include:

  • Development Screenings and Updates
  • Home Activities
  • Child Development Information
  • Speech and Language Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Family Resources
  • Transitioning  Supports
  • Consultative Guidance
  • Parent Training


  • Referred by Help Me Grow
  • Children birth to age three with a delay or disability
  • Crawford County  resident

Early Intervention Activities:

  • Home-based primary service provider model
  • Developmentally appropriate play sessions
  • Offered throughout the 12-month calendar year
  • Designed to stimulate learning through daily routines
  • Provided at times and in locations beneficial to the child’s needs and convenient for the family

Developmental Specialists

Kim Pittman

Evelyn Franklin

Fairway School - Preschool

For children 3 to 5 years of age Fairway School offers preschool. The classes are an integrated program with students with special needs and students who are typically developing.

Students who qualify for special needs services receive preschool services free. Students who are typically developing will be charged tuition. Tuition is based upon the income of the family utilizing a sliding scale.

The preschool program follows Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards, rules and regulations, and Creative Curriculum.  Our teachers have a minimum of a 4 year degree and are certified by the Ohio Department of Education to teach preschool. Each classroom has an assistant teacher who has their paraprofessional certification from the Ohio Department of Education. The standard student/adult ratio in our classrooms is 16 to 3. Identified students also receive the benefit of ancillary services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and adaptive physical education.

All day programs are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Fairway between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Breakfast is provided daily to the students at no cost. Lunch is also available to be purchased. Food is prepared through Bucyrus City Schools Food Service. Students may also pack their lunch if they wish.

Students are required to rest for one hour per day on their individual cots.


Transportation is provided by Ohio Specialty Services (OSS). Students that are on an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) receive this service at no charge. Typically developing students are charged on a sliding scale. Each bus has an aide to ride along to assist the driver.

If desired, parents may choose to provide transportation for their child.

Fairway School - School Age

The educational program prepares high school students for a vocational career with the classroom located at Pioneer Career & Technology Center. The students follow the Ohio Department of Education content standards and the student's home school rules so students may graduate with their peers. The vocational setting provides a variety of opportunities so the transition from high school to adulthood is successful.