Mrs. Debora Hannan

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Mrs. Debora Hannan

Director of Special Education
 

Welcome to the Committee on Special Education web page!  Our students are our number one priority!  We understand the importance of ensuring that programs meet the needs of our students.  The Ogdensburg City School District communicates a division-wide philosophy of least restrictive environment for serving special needs students.   We understand and design strategies for ensuring inclusion with general education students, as well as appropriate programming and/or follow-up services. 
 
The Committee on Special Education has procedures for the placement, evaluation, assignment and reassessment of students with special needs.
 
Personally, I enjoy working with the principals to implement and monitor special education programs as well as supporting staff in all departments and offices.  I take pride in being a liaison between local districts, SLL BOCES and various agencies within our service area.  When class size allows, we welcome cross contracts with other districts.  This allows children to attend a program that we offer that is not offered in their home district.  We work closely with SLL BOCES.  Our district is a hub for many BOCES programs for surrounding districts.  Ogdensburg City School District administrators, faculty and staff welcome students from other districts attending BOCES programs to mainstream into general education classes where appropriate.
 
Reviewing federal/state legislation/regulations related to special education is also a function of this office that we take very seriously.  It is of the utmost importance that we identify and share the impact of any changes with our entire school division.  This also includes monitoring compliance with our local school board policies and regulations.
 
Our goal is to maintain open lines of communication regarding special education with all interested parties; respond to concerns of parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members.  We will continue to provide our students with a well rounded educational experience that will prepare them for the challenges of the future.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if we can assist you in any way.