• Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) was formed in December 1957 after St. Louis County voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum establishing a countywide local school district to support the educational needs of children with disabilities.

    At the same time, voters indicated the value they placed on educating children with disabilities by including in the referendum a countywide tax levy to fund the District. This investment by the community provides a separate dedicated funding source to support SSD’s programs and services. SSD’s unique status as a countywide public school district with its own tax base provides stability as well as equal access to a quality education for students across the county.

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    Special School District History