Special Education

Special Education Programs

The Central Valley School District operates within its four buildings an inclusive approach to all students diagnosed with a disability. Special Education programs are available as follows: Intellectually Disabled, Multi-Handicapped, Learning Disabled, Neurologically Impaired, Autistic/Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Physically Impaired, Visually Impaired, Seriously Emotionally Disturbed, Hearing Impaired, and Speech & Language Impaired.
Early Intervention services for eligible preschool age children are provided through the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit.

Child Find

Each school district, along with other public agencies in the Commonwealth, must establish and implement procedures to identify, locate and evaluate all children who need special education programs and services because of the child’s disability. This notice is to help find these children, offer assistance to parents and describes the parent’s rights with regard to confidentiality of information that will be obtained during this process.

Amended Age of Eligibility for Free and Appropriate Public Education

Effective no later than September 5, 2023, all students entitled to FAPE and all of the rights and procedural safeguards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Chapter 14 of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code may remain enrolled in public school until they turn 22 years of age. This includes students who turned 21 and exited during or after the 2022-2023 school term.

School District Special Education Plan

The school district's special education plan is an action plan that describes the local Board of School Director's commitment to ensure that a quality education will be provided to each of its students with a disability eligible for special education, over the upcoming three years. The content of the special education plan describes the special education program and services that are provided within a school district and those special education programs and services which are accessed by the school district from outside the school district's geographical boundaries.

Ms. Erin Park, Director of Special Education

Mrs. Erin Park became Special Education Supervisor in July, 2012.

Mrs. Park began her tenure in the District in the Fall of 2000 with the former Monaca School District where she served as a special education teacher for grades 4-6. She was a learning support teacher for both the Monaca School District and the merged Central Valley School District for 12 years. Mrs. Park holds a Master’s of Education Degree. Mrs. Park received her Bachelor’s Degree in both Elementary and Special Education from Slippery Rock in 2000 and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Special Education Supervision in 2004 from Slippery Rock University as well.

Mrs. Park is a member of the Beaver County Local Task Force for Special Education, a member of the Beaver County Special Education Consortium, a member of the Beaver County Gifted  Education Consortium, and a supporter of Special Olympics. She is married to her husband Tom, and they have two children, Megan and Brenden.

Contact Us

Ms. Traci Melchiorre
Special Education Secretary
Office: 724-775-5600 x 11036
Ms. Erin Park
Director of Special Education
Office: 724-775-5600 x 12170
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