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Special Education & Student Services

Welcome to Special Education and Student Services!

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the district's Special Education and Student Services departments, which include the district's Committees for Special Education at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels.

Special Education and Student Services also oversee the district's counseling and mental health services for all resident students.

Questions about your child's growth or development? BKW staff use Response To Intervention to determine a classification of "learning disability" for students. Response to Intervention (RtI) is a thorough form of evaluation that includes some formal testing, as well as other means of determining the best supports for children that are having difficultly learning.

If you suspect your child may have a  learning disability, please contact your building principal to schedule an Instructional Support Team meeting. In some cases, interventions can be determined at this meeting so your child can receive immediate assistance based on the what is being seen by teachers and other school staff.


Contact us - We're here to help!

Special Education
Susan Sloma
Director of Pupil Personnel Services

(518) 872-5102

Denise Robinson
Special Education Assistant
(518) 872-5102
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Services
Lisa Scalzo
Elementary/Social Worker
(518) 872-1482

Melissa Coyle
School Psychologist
(518) 872-2030

Dr. Katrina Emmerich
School Psychologist
(518) 872-2030


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Family Resources

BKW Special Education resources for families


NYS Education Department/ Special Education

NYS Education/Office of Special Education (K-12)

NYS Education/Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) (Transition/Young Adult)


Upcoming workshops 

Watch this space for information about upcoming workshops for families.


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