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SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Special Education District Plan 2020-2022

 The concept of least restrictive environment is central to the district's special education programs and services. That is, special education programs and services needed by a student with a disability are provided to the maximum extent appropriate with students who do not have disabilities and located in the student’s home school or home school district whenever possible. If programs available within district settings cannot meet a student’s needs, the district arranges for program provisions out of district.  Many students attend general education classrooms with typical age peers and receive support services within this general education classroom. As part of a full continuum of services, the district makes available special education classrooms for students whose needs require this level of service.


 The district also has a commitment to collaboration – the bringing together of general and special education expertise for supporting student success. The services for any given student with a disability are determined on an individual basis by a multidisciplinary team. The decision-making process involves teachers, school counselors, a psychologist, parents, administrators and, as appropriate, the student. The Committee on Special Education (CSE) procedures for referral, evaluation, Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, placement, and review are in accordance with New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations.  
 
 
         CONTINUUM OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

 The McGraw Central School District offers a continuum of special education services to eligible students. The district provides resource room support; indirect and direct consultant teacher support; 15:1, 8:1+1; 12:1+3:1 and 5:1 instructional special class services.  Related services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision therapy, mobility and orientation therapy, adaptive physical education, counseling, and audiological services for our students.

                                                                                               COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION (CSE)
 
 The Committee on Special Education (CSE) meets throughout the year to review students who have an educational disability.  The committee arranges to meet with parents at a mutually convenient date and time.  Meetings are usually held in the student’s school so that teachers can attend.

COMMITTEE ON PRE-SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION (CPSE)
 
 The Committee on Pre-school Special Education (CPSE) meets throughout the year to review preschool students ages three and four who have an educational disability.  This committee arranges to meet with parents at a mutually convenient date and time.  These meetings are usually held at the elementary school in the conference room.

SECTION 504 COMMITTEE
 
 The Section 504 Committee meets throughout the year to review students who have a documented disability and meet the criteria for special accommodations. The criteria include medical, psychological, and educational issues that have a direct and substantial impact on the student’s education.  The Committee arranges meetings at a mutually convenient date and time.  Meetings are usually held in the student’s school so that teachers can attend.

 
Karen Genzel, Ph.D.
Director of Special Education/Curriculum
 
Committee on Special Education Chair (CSE)
Section 504 Coordinator
Phone Number:  607-836-8619; Fax Number 607-836-3609
kgenzel@mcgrawschools.org

Amy Cortez
CPSE/CSE Secretary

Phone Number:  607-836-8619; Fax Number 607-836-3609
acortez@mcgrawschools.org



Beverly Dodici, Ph.D.
School Psychologist

Committee on Pre-School Special Education Chair (CPSE) 
Phone Number:  607-836-3661; 
Fax Number 607-836-3609
bdodici@mcgrawschools.org



Kali Johnson
School Psychologist,
Grades 6-12


Phone Number: 607-836-3621; Fax Number 607-836-3635
kjohnson@mcgrawschools.org


Gino Pirozzolo
School Psychology Intern
Grades PK-12


Phone Number:  607-836-3604; Fax Number 607-836-3609
gpirozzolo@mcgrawschools.org
 
 Elementary School Special Education Teachers 
       
                 

                                   Sarah Leach                                         
                                 Jaclyn McMullin                                   
                                                                            Caitlin Neske                                                                              
 Megan Turshman

 
 Jr/Sr High School Special Education Teachers 

                      Dan Briggs                     
Lissa Eckstrom 
Candy Farris 
Brooke Langford
Megan Palmeri
 Paige Raulli

               

           Related Service Providers

              Kayla Bayly, Speech Language Therapist, Grades PK-12
                 Rock Campbell, TVI/Orientation and Mobility - OCM BOCES
             Michael Curro, Audiologist - OCM BOCES
                Taylor Hughes, Adaptive Physical Education, Grades 6-12
            Jennifer McConnell, Physical Therapist, Grades K-12
          Jason Moore, Occupational Therapist 
           Corey Wilson, Adaptive Physical Education, Grades PK-5
             Valerie Wright, Speech/Language Teacher


School Counselors

Nicole Granteed, School Counselor, Grades PK-4
David Emma, School Counselor, Grades 5-8

Trish Walter, School Counselor, Grades 9-12


             

Helpful Links:

NYSED Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Disabilities, Ages 3-21  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/formsnotices/documents/NYSEDProceduralSafeguardsNoticeJuly2017v2.pdf

Cortland Community Guide to Transitioning Youth from High School to Post-Secondary

 
EngageNY is a NYSED website that provides resources for educators and parents. http://www.engageny.org

Office of Educational Technology: Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide https://tech.ed.gov/publications/digital-learning-guide/parent-family/

NYS Special Education Department http://www.nysed.gov/
 
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs IDEA website https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html

NYSED.gov Office of Special Education Partnership Office of Special Education Partnership  
 
Rights Regarding Referral and Evaluation For Special Education ServicesRights For Special EducationRev2.pdf
 
If you have questions regarding the special education referral and evaluation process please contact the Director of Special Education:

Karen W. Genzel, Ph.D.
Director of Special Education/Curriculum, Committee on Special Education Chairperson, Section 504 Coordinator
Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) Certified Instructor 
 Phone Number:  607-836-8619;     Fax Number 607-836-3609
kgenzel@mcgrawschools.org

Education
NYS School District Administrator Permanent Certification, Syracuse University
NYS School Administrator/Supervisor Permanent Certification 
Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Loyola College, MD
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, VA
NYS High School Regents Diploma, Orchard Park CSD

 
Previous Professional Experience  
7-12 Grade Principal, Cincinnatus CSD
7-12 Grade Principal and Director of Special Education, DeRuyter CSD
Director of Special Education/Curriculum, DeRuyter CSD
Assistant Director of Special Education, Baldwinsville CSD
7-8 Grade School Administrator, 
Syracuse City School District (SCSD)
K-12 School Psychologist, SCSD
K-12 School Psychologist, Bellefonte CSD, PA
Graduate Research Assistant, Penn State University, PA
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Loyola College, MD

Summer School Teacher, Villa Maria Children's Residential Center, MD
Summer School Teaching Assistant, Villa Maria Children's Residential Center, MD
Behavioral Support Staff, The Children's Guild, MD
 
A child with special needs will inspire you to be a special kind of a person.

~ UNKNOWN

 
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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
10 West Academy Street
McGraw, NY 13101
P: (607)836-3636
www.mcgrawschools.org