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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.  

 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; and, 12:1+3:1 specialized instruction in special classes.  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.

 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.

 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
Amy Cortez
CPSE/CSE Secretary
Phone Number: 607-836-8619;
Fax Number 607-836-3609

Beverly Dodici, Ph.D.
School PsychologistOut-of-District Placements, Grades PK-5

Committee on Pre-School Special Education Chair (CPSE) 
Phone Number:  607-836-3661; 

Fax Number 607-836-3609

Kali Johnson
School Psychologist,
Grades 6-12; Out-of-District Placements, Grades 6-12

Phone Number: 607-836-3621;
Fax Number 607-836-3635

 Elementary School Special Education Teacher
     Candy Farris (.5)
                                        Sarah Leach                                         
                                    Jaclyn McMullin                                   
 Nichole Keator
Caitlin Neske

 Jr/Sr High School Special Education Teachers 
                      Dan Briggs                     
Lissa Eckstrom 
Candy Farris (.5)
Brooke Langford
 Paige Raulli


           Related Service Providers
              Kayla Bayly, Speech Language Pathologist, Grades PK-5
             Michael Curro, Audiologist - OCM BOCES
                Taylor Hughes, Adaptive Physical Education, Grades 6-12
            Jennifer McConnell, Physical Therapist, Grades PK-12
Gina Morabito, Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) - OCM BOCES
          Jason Moore, Occupational Therapist PK-12
           Corey Wilson, Adaptive Physical Education, Grades PK-5
             Valerie Wright, Speech/Language Teacher PK-12

School Counselors
Trish Walter, School Counselor, Grades PK-5
Brian Doyle, School Counselor, Grades 6-12 


Helpful Links:

NYSED Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Disabilities, Ages 3-21

Adult Career and Continuing Education Service (ACCES) Website .

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

Office of Educational Technology: Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

NYS Special Education Department NYSED Office of Special Education
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs IDEA website
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
 Phone Number:  607-836-8619;     Fax Number 607-836-3609
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