• Salamanca City Central School District
    Pupil Services
    50 Iroquois Drive, Salamanca, New York 14779
    Telephone: (716) 945-5142  Fax: (716) 945-2148
    Director of Pupil Personnel Services: Mrs. Kristin DudekKDudek@salamancany.org

    Special Education: A Guide for Families
    Special Education provides specially designed services and programs to children with educational disabilities. It is intended to meet the individual needs of the student and enhance his/her strengths. Special education programs and services are designed to assure that children receive appropriate and equal opportunities for educational growth up to age 21, if necessary.

    How do Special Education and Regular Education Interact?
    All program and services in public schools must be available to students with disabilities. It is the goal of special education programs to include students in as many regular education programs as appropriate, dependent on the nature and degree of the disability.  

    What is the Special Education Process?

    • The need for special education services is determined in the following manner:
    • Parental consent is obtained at all stages so that parents are fully informed and involved in the referral process.
    • Students thought to be educationally at risk are first reviewed by building child study teams to determine what regular education programs and services might be employed to improve a student’s performance. If more  intervention is believed to be necessary, students are then referred to a team called the Committee on Special Education (CSE). 
    • The CSE arranges for appropriate professional evaluation of a student using a variety of measures to determine strengths and weaknesses.
    • The CSE reviews the psychological evaluation to determine whether the student qualifies for the provision of special education services.
    • If the student qualifies, the CSE recommends an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) based upon evaluation results and classroom performance.
    • The program is implemented upon Board of Education approval.
    • The IEP is modified or adjusted by the CSE when necessary or at an Annual Review.
    • Parents have the right to challenge school decisions through Mediation, Impartial Hearings, and Appeal Processes.
    For more information, please contact the Pupil Service Office at 716-945-5142
    Ms. Kristin Dudek, Director of Special Education: Prompt  1 or 2
    50 Iroquois Drive
    Salamanca, NY 14779 
    Ms. Debbie Woodworth: Prompt 1  
    - for questions regarding CPSE/CSE services/referrals; students receiving assistance at Prospect and Registration 
    Ms. Shelley Herrick: Prompt 2
    - for questions regarding CSE services/referrals; students receiving assistance at Seneca or Jr/Sr High and Registration  
    Mr. Christopher Myers:  716-945-2400 ext. 4049
     - for questions regarding CSE/CPSE services/referrals; students receiving assistance at the Jr/Sr High 
    Mr. Steven DeGroff: 716-945-2400 ext 7100
     - for questions regarding CPSE/CSE services/referrals; students receiving assistance at Prospect
    Ms. Rachel Crawford: 716-945-5140 ext 5269
    - for questions regarding CPSE/CSE services/referrals; students receiving assistance at Seneca Intermediate