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4 months ago

Welcome to the 

Special Education Department   

650 Beech St.                          
Curwensville, PA 16833
(814) 236-2390 phone    
(814) 236-2392 fax

Shana Bailor,  Special Education Director
Judy Davis, Special Education Secretary

Lisa Nelen

High School Life Skills/Autistic Support


Teresa Ardary

4th Grade Learning Support


Jennifer Butler

6th Grade Learning Support


Jason Butler

Elementary Life Skills/Autistic Support


Haley Strong   

Kindergarten Learning/ Autistic Support/Inclusion


Rose Lee

Speech and Language Therapist


Renee Weible

Speech and Language Therapist


Carol Miller

7th Grade Learning/Autistic Support


Sharon LaBorde

11th & 12th Learning Support/Autistic Support


Madison Meyers

10th Grade Learning Support/Autistic Support; ESL


Christy Danko

8th Grade Learning Support/Autistic Support


Michelle Moore

Elementary Guidance Counselor/Elementary Gifted


Jason Bowman

9th Grade Learning Support/Austistic Support;

High School Gifted Program


Alicia Fischer 



Shelli Berry   

High School Gifted Program   


Judy Davis

Special Education Secretary


Shana Bailor

Special Education Director



Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

about 1 year ago

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520


Parent Resources

5 months ago

Autism society of America:
Council for Exceptional Children: 
Pennsyvania Association for the Gifted Education:
Parent Resources through PATTAN:
National Parent Teacher Association :

Pennsylvania Parent Information and Resource Center (PAPIRC) :
Parent Education Network:
Pennsylvania Department of Education:
Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide