Special services includes early essential education ( 3-5 yrs old), special education (5-21 yrs old) and prevention and Intervention services as well as coordinating Medicaid.
All special education personnel are centralized and fall under the RNESU central office. This includes school psychologists, special education teachers, speech/language pathologists, early essential education teachers, para-professionals and contracted staff (i.e. occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavior specialists) serving our students.
Although the Director of Special Services is responsible for all the overall provision of services throughout the supervisory union, the Coordinator of Special Education @ OVUHS, is directly responsible for the supervision and evaluation of all faculty and staff at Otter Valley Union High School and the Coordinator of Out of District/Off Sites is directly responsible for all programs and services occurring within the OV North Campus.
Our belief that all of our schools can effectively teach all of our children/students stems from the practice of including all students in regular education classrooms. When it is necessary for students to receive special education services those programs, strategies, and procedures are designed and employed to supplement, enhance and support the general curriculum.
Our Core Assumptions are:
Our educational system can effectively teach all children.
Early intervention is critical to preventing problems from getting out of control.
High quality instruction includes staff collaboration, trust, commitment and effective supports for students.
The implementation of a multi-tiered service delivery model is necessary.
A problem solving model should be used to make decisions between tiers.
Research based interventions should be implemented to the extent possible.
Progress monitoring must be implemented to inform instruction.
Data should drive decision making.
The Director also serves as the Supervisory Union's Harassment Coordinator and Equity Officer as well as the consultant for Section 504.
If you have any questions pertaining to special education or Section 504, feel free to contact Marsha F. Bruce, Director of Special Services at
Special Services Staff
Special Services News
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!This year in special services we welcome Heather Todd as our new Early Essential Education Speech Language Pathologist. At the same time we say farewell to Kathy Sherwin as she transfers to Lohtrop Elementary School to become a fifth grade classroom teacher. Please Welcome 2017!This school year has been moving alone very quickly. Our students continue to access a wide variety of curricular offerings as well as appropriate student supports. We entered this school year saying good bye to long standing school psychologist, Robert Soule aka Dr. Bob as well as our long time SLP evaluator, Tom Sarault. Fortunately, Tom rejoined us part time at Neshobe as we continue to assess our students SLP needs. "Snow falls softly across my meadow this morning.It is a silent, slow veil that falls upon the land. A new awakening to brightness and beauty,a new beginning, one in which we all soar hand in hand". Feel free to visit me on Twitter @_mbruce