The Niskayuna Central School District is committed to providing high-quality special education and support services for our resident students who qualify for such supports. Programs and services are coordinated by the district’s Office of Student Support Services, which encompasses the district’s Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels.

Information for parents of students with disabilities

If your child has a disability or if you suspect that your child has a disability, you can request a meeting of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) by contacting the district’s Special Education Department at (518) 382-2525, ext. 50737. The district has two CSE chairpersons: Karen Behrman, Grades K-5 and the Committee on Preschool Special Education (382-2525 ext. 50738 or kbehrman@niskyschools.org) and Lisa Young, Grades 6-12 (382-2525, Ext. 50739 or lyoung@niskyschools.org). “A Parent’s Guide to Special Education,” published by the New York State Education Department, is also a helpful resource.

Graduation Pathways for Students with Disabilities

All students should leave high school prepared for living, working and future learning. In New York, there are more ways than ever for students with disabilities to leave school with a meaningful credential that represents how much they have accomplished — and what they are prepared for. Read more about the Graduation Pathways here

Committee on Preschool Special Education

The district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for ensuring that parents are aware of the opportunities available for evaluation of children 3-5 years old who are suspected of having a disability, and for services to preschool children with disabilities. The committee consists of representatives from preschool special education agencies, county administrators, parents and district staff. All recommendations for services are made to the Board of Education. If you have concerns about your child’s development, or would like more information, call Lorraine Noel at (518) 377-4666, ext. 50738 or e-mail lnoel@niskyschools.org.