North Shore Special Education Department

Mr. Christopher Marino

Special Education Director

EMAIL

Guidelines for Questions and Concerns

Request for Evaluation: If your child is not currently a special education student and you would like to request an initial special education evaluation, please call the psychologist in the building that your child attends or Ms. Liberstein for preschool students. The psychologist will explain what options are available to help your child, including the procedures for making a referral.


 Status of Initial Evaluation: The district is required to complete the evaluation and hold a Committee meeting to present the evaluation results and determine eligibility for special education classification and program within 60 days of the district’s receipt of parental consent to evaluate. If your child has already been referred for an initial evaluation and you have questions about the status of the evaluation, please contact the psychologist in your child’s school.


 CSE Scheduling: If you have questions about the scheduling of a CSE meeting or if you would like to request a CSE meeting, please contact the psychologist in your child’s school.


 Case Management: If your child is currently a classified student and you have questions or concerns about his or her special education services, please be aware that a case manager (typically a special education teacher or related service provider) has been assigned to your child. The name of this case manager should have been communicated to you by the special education office. However, please be aware that the psychologist in your child’s school can tell you who your child’s special education case manager is.

NOTE: If you do not receive a response to any inquiry within 24 hours, please contact the Assistant Director of Special Education assigned to your child’s school. If you continue to have questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Special Education at (516) 277-7900.

SEPTA

The Special Education Parent Teachers Association (SEPTA) brings together parents, teachers, administrators, learning specialists, and professionals with an interest in the education of children in our school district who have special needs. The SEPTA Board is comprised of parents from every school level (elementary, middle, and high) and represents the needs of students across the educational continuum (K-12), as well as preschoolers with disabilities. Through membership dues, fundraising efforts, and grant opportunities, SEPTA seeks to fund and facilitate many worthwhile programs for the benefit of special education and regular education students and their families. Most significantly, SEPTA works to arrange for speakers with vast professional knowledge of special education and related disciplines to help parents understand and navigate their child’s educational process in the most effective manner possible.

The SEPTA Board welcomes new members. Please visit the North Shore Schools website for more information about SEPTA. The SEPTA Board encourages you to contact the school district with questions and concerns about the special education program. You may feel free to contact any of the SEPTA Board Members to talk about questions or concerns that you might have. Please contact them at the following email address: nssepta@gmail.com

 

If you would like to become a member of the North Shore SEPTA, please complete this form and send it to the address on the bottom of the form.

SEPTA BOARD

Co-­Presidents: 
Mandee Zapken & Jeanine Feuerborn 
Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy: Gayle D’Aversa 
Vice President of Events and Fundraising:
Deirdre Cerrito
Vice President of Membership: Katie Miller
Treasurer: Anthony Stiffler 
Corresponding Secretary: Michael Schmitt 
Recording Secretary: Deborah Ilberg
PTO Liaison: Kathleen Reynolds

Additional Resources

The policies, practices, and procedures of the North Shore Central School District represent a commitment by the district to satisfying both the spirit and the letter of the law by assuring due process in evaluation and placement of children with disabilities and by providing an array of special education services. At times, you may feel the need to obtain additional assistance related to the process. The following resources are provided for your benefit:

 A Parents Guide to Special Education in New York State. (Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilites, ages 3-12)


 The New York State Education Department procedural safeguards notice is a New York State Education Department publication.


 A list of additional free or low-cost legal services is available here.


 The New York State Education Department Regional Associate assigned to North Shore Schools is Ms. Sheryl Aiken-Sewer. You may contact her to ask questions or express concerns. She may be reached at (631) 952-3352.


 The Long Island Advocacy Center (“LIAC”) may be contacted for assistance. Their telephone number is (516) 248-2222 (extension 10). LIAC provides low-cost services on a sliding scale.

Special Education Department Personnel

  Susan Liberstein Psychologist & Chairperson for Preschool Special Education 277-7900 EMAIL
Glen Head Elementary
  Francine Paladino Assistant Director of Special Education of Elementary Programs 277-7900 EMAIL
  Alyson Storck School Psychologist 277-7717 EMAIL
Glenwood Landing Elementary
  Francine Paladino Assistant Director of Special Education of Elementary Programs 277-7900 EMAIL
  James Perez School Psychologist 277-7617 EMAIL
Sea Cliff Elementary
  Francine Paladino Assistant Director of Special Education of Elementary Programs 277-7900 EMAIL
  Meredith Cherry School Psychologist 277-7517 EMAIL
North Shore Middle School
  Joseph Kistinger Assistant Director of Special Education of Secondary Programs 277-7900 EMAIL
  Robert McKee School Psychologist 277-7325 EMAIL
  William Kitay Psychologist & Chairperson for Students Attending Out-of-District Special Education Schools 277-7319 EMAIL
North Shore High School
  Joseph Kistinger Assistant Director of Special Education of Secondary Programs 277-7900 EMAIL
  Peter Segal School Psychologist 277-7065 EMAIL

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