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Gloversville Enlarged School District

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June 21, 2018

Special Education Services

Providing services for all students

The Gloversville Enlarged School District is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the district's Committee on Special Education.

GESD Special Education Philosophy

The Gloversville Enlarged School District is committed to the following principles for special education services and programs.

• We provide special education services that meet the individual needs of the child, are developmentally appropriate and strength-based. These services are planned in collaboration with all the child-serving systems involved in the child's life and are provided in a supportive learning environment.

• We recognize that the child’s family is the primary support system for the child and participates in all stages of the decision-making and planning process.

• We recognize and respect the behavior, ideas, attitudes, values, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, ceremonies and practices characteristic of the child's and family's ethnic group.

• We will bring special education expertise to the student in the general education learning environment to the greatest extent possible.

• All special education instruction will be based on the New York State learning standards.

• Student data will be used to inform and improve instruction.

• Related services provided to special education students will be educationally relevant, evidence-based and will support the student’s learning. These services will be provided to the student in a manner that is least disruptive to the child’s learning.

• Special education is a service not a placement.

Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education

The Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education (CSE/CPSE) is sanctioned and regulated by New York State. It acts as a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate the management, academic, physical and social needs of the referred child and determines if there is an educational disability. The CSE/CPSE must then decide on an appropriate program or placement for the student and the need for related services (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, counseling, etc.) if necessary.

IEP Plan

The Committees must develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for all students who are eligible for special education services. In developing the IEP, the committee considers evaluations, student strengths, concerns of the parent and, where appropriate, student performance on state and district assessments. An IEP documents the following: present level of performance; how the student’s disability impacts his/her participation in the general curriculum; classification of the disability; annual goals; recommended programs and services; whether or not the student will participate in state or alternate assessments; a list of any alternative accommodations; a list of any assistive technology devices; and transitional goals at the appropriate time.

Common Core Learning Standards and Children with Disabilities

The New York State Department  of Education has issued a special education advisory to answer parents' questions about how New York State’s adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards will affect their children who have disabilities . Click here to read the NYSED advisory

GESD Special Education Plan 2013-2015 and Annual Report

The Gloversville Enlarged School District Special Education Plan 2013-2015 and Annual Report is available for viewing. Click here to download the document. 

Special Education Programs/Class Descriptions by Building: View pages 12-19 in the Special Education Handbook.

New York State Education Department PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS NOTICE

December 2011 Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21

As a parent, you are a vital member of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in New York State. The CSE/CPSE is responsible for developing recommendations for special education programs and services for your child. You must be given opportunities to participate in the CSE/CPSE discussion and decision-making process about your child’s needs for special education. The following information concerns procedural safeguards that are your legal rights under federal and State laws to be informed about and involved in the special education process and to make sure that your child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Click here to view the document.


More information

Committee on Special Education

234 Lincoln Street
Gloversville, NY 12078

Phone: 775-5796
Fax: 775-5727

Kimberly Ackerbauer-Ross
Director of Student Support Services

Jennifer Bellen
Assistant Director & CSE/CPSE Chairperson

Tina Avery
CSE/CPSE Secretary

Robin Kadle

Danielle Graham
Medicaid Billing Clerk

Directions to the CSE Conference Room 

Helpful Publications

Download a PDF of the 2016-17 Special Education Handbook here

Continuum of Services

Learner Characteristics

Download a PDF of the 2016-17 Handbook for Special Ed. Paraprofessionals here

Procedural Safeguards Notice

Guide to Special Education Terminology 


The Special Education Teacher is considered their students' Primary Advocate. Click here to read what the Primary Advocate is responsible for.

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