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Schalmont's belief in placing students in programs that are in the least restrictive environment is consistent with New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations. This means that a student with disabilities is provided with special education and services to the maximum extent appropriate with other students who do not have disabilities and as close as possible to the student's home.

Special education services are available to any student with a mental, physical or emotional impairment that affects his or her educational performance. For school-age children, this may include autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, learning disability, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment (including blindness).

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes a prominent and active role for parents and teachers in planning and implementing educational programs for students with disabilities. Parents work hand-in-hand with their child's teachers and other district staff to formulate their child's IEP.

The links to the right provide additional information about the Schalmont Special Education Program. Below, you will also find links to a variety of special education topics. If you have any questions about the special education process, please contact one of the individuals listed below or myself.

Shari Rosato, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Please join us for Autism Connections

Please join us for an informative evening on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. to connect with other community members and learn about resources in the Rotterdam/Schenectady area.

The event will be held at the AAC Family Wellness Center at 834 Duanesburg Road in Rotterdam. The event is free to attend, and you can bring a friend.

Pre-registration is requested; please text or call (518) 229-6047 to reserve your spot today.

 Presenters will include:

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara - Local services available through his office, legislative update

Lindsey Pensabene, Coordinator, Parent to Parent of NYS - How to curb parent burn out, resources available from Parent to Parent New York State

Beth McLauhlin, Board Certified Music Therapist - The positive effects of music for special needs children, local classes your child can join

Dr. Todd  Defayette, Nervous System Specialist - How to improve sensory sensitivities

State conducting Special Education program review

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in Schalmont Central School District during the 2016-17 school year. The purpose of this review is to assess the district’s compliance with selected federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

The review will be conducted by the Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Eastern Regional Office. The review process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and surveys. In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed. Further information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA Eastern Regional office at 518-486-6366 and/or by contacting the Schalmont District Office.


External Resources

Schalmont Resources

More Information
Shari Rosato
Director of PPS
(518) 355-9200, ext. 4018
Genienne Bakuzonis 
Special Education Program Assistant
(518) 355-9200, ext. 4018
Jefferson Elementary School Melissa Dawes

(518) 355-1342, ext. 5071
Carolyn Cassels
(518) 355-1342, ext. 5017
Schalmont Middle School Rebbeca Danforth
(518) 355-6255, ext. 2122
Schalmont High School
Carrie Shapiro
(518) 355-6110, ext. 3202

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Program Description

Committee on Preschool Special Education

Extended School Year Program

Procedural Safeguards Notice (PDF)

Response to Intervention