Special Programs/CSE/CPSE

Katherine Hayes
CSE Chairperson 
Grades K - 5 
Katherine Hayes 
(607) 243-5533 x 7366

   Director of Special Programs  
CPSE Chairperson

Kelly Houck
(607) 243-5533 x. 7701

  Kelly Houck

CSE Chairperson
Grades 6-12
Jen Hutches
(607) 243-5533 x. 7538

Jen Hutches


Greetings from the Office of Special Programs!

Dundee Central School District is committed to meeting the needs of all students. We understand that students develop at different rates. Teachers, administrators and service providers at Dundee Central School are trained to assess students according to district and state standards. At any point, a parent or teacher may request to meet with the principal or director of special programs to discuss student concerns and possible interventions. It is important to note that not all students who are experiencing difficulties in school are eligible for special education services.

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is appointed by the Board of Education. Referrals to the CSE can be made by a parent, teacher or doctor. Requests for referral for special education services should be submitted to the Director of Special Programs with a written statement asking the school district for an evaluation to determine if a student needs special education services. A referral can be revoked, if after meeting to review the referral the team agrees to try an intervention and measure growth.

After your child is referred for special education, you will be asked to give a written consent to have your child evaluated. An initial evaluation to determine your child's needs must include:

  • a physical examination
  • a psychological evaluation (if determined appropriate for school-age students, but mandatory for pre-school children)
  • a social history
  • ·observation of your child in his or her current education setting
  • ·other tests or assessments that are appropriate for your child (such as a speech and language assessment or a functional behavioral assessment, OT or PT evaluation)
  • ·vocational assessments (required at age 12)

After the evaluation is completed, you will be invited to a meeting as a member of the Committee on Special Education (CSE). If the information gathered during the evaluation supports classification according to New York State Education Law, the CSE will seek your signed consent to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that will address the unique learning needs of your student. The committee will determine if your child is eligible for special education services based on the terms which are outlined in the state regulations. Definition of disability- section 200.1(zz) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Preschool age children may also be eligible for special education services through a similar process overseen by the Committee on Preschool Special Education Services (CPSE). For children ages 3-5, educational programs and services are the responsibility of the school district in which the child resides, as outlined by New York State Education Law. For children from birth-2, services may be provided by the county of residence.

Once a student is identified with a documented disability, special education services will be recommended based on the individual academic, social, physical and management needs of the student. Special education services are provided in the least restrictive environment, and most often in the home school.

The Dundee Central School District in compliance with the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and Education Law, is required to locate all children under the age of twenty-one with disabilities within its jurisdiction. Children of preschool age and children in all public and private agencies and institutions must be identified, located and evaluated in the district in which they reside. If you suspect your child(ren) ages 3-21 of having a disability and are not receiving special education services, please contact the CSE Office at 607-243-5535 x. 7539.

    Related Links

    • Procedural Safeguards Notice
      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 an opportunity 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 law 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).

    • Common Core Resources for Students with Disabilities
      Many parents have asked questions about how New York State’s adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards will affect their children who have disabilities. Some of these questions arise from a lack of understanding of what the standards are; others from concern about how their own children are struggling with these new standards; others from concerns about how schools are providing needed supports for their children. Please check out this website.

    • Cleartrack Login
      Teachers can log in to work on IEPs.

    • Special Education Regulations
      If you want to know more about the rules and regulations regarding special education, check out this link!