• Lake Shore Central Schools
    Special Programs Department

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    Jill Benedict
    Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    Abby Wesley
    Assistant Director of Special Education & Coordinator of Student Learning
    Patricia MacDonald-Snook                                   Janice Alguire     
    Secretary                                                       Secretary
    716-926-2232                                                716-926-2233
    FAX Number:   716-549-4409
    Special Programs Offices are located at:
    William T. Hoag Educational Center
    42 Sunset Boulevard
    Angola, New York 14006
  • Welcome to the Special Programs Department's website.

    Our website provides information on a variety of special education topics for parents and teachers of students with disabilities.  Please explore the topics in the left sidebar or use the hot links below to navigate to topics of interest.

    The Lake Shore Central School District is committed to providing our students with an outstanding education. In order to meet the educational needs of all students, the District provides a variety of programs and services to support the educational process.  Many of these programs are provided through regular education and are implemented through each school's Response to Intervention (RtI) team.  Click HERE to read more about the RtI process.

    When regular education supports are not sufficient to meet a student's learning needs, Special Education provides specially designed services and programs to children with educational disabilities (mental and physical disabilities).  It is intended to meet the individual needs of the student and enhance his/her strengths.  Our District offers a full continuum of services for students with disabilities in the most inclusive environment possible. Inclusion in the general education classroom, resource room services and self-contained classes are among the special education services offered. Click HERE to see the range of services provided at Lake Shore.

    Parents and students are introduced to special education in various ways. Some disabilities can be identified when children are very young. Click HERE to see the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Other students are not identified until children show difficulty in regular school programs. Special education programs and services are designed to assure that children with disabilities receive appropriate and equal opportunities for educational growth up to age 21, if necessary.  Click HERE to see the  Committee on Special Education  (CSE).

    If parents or caregivers suspect their child has an educational disability they are encouraged to review the information on this site and contact the building principal at their child's school.  More information about parent referral to the Committee on Special Education or Preschool Special Education can be found HERE.  The New York State Education Department's Procedural Safeguards Notice,  Parent Guide to Special Education and other excellent resources for parents can be accessed HERE.