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Office for Exceptional Children


The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that assures children and youth with disabilities a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The Niles City School District provides a continuum of special education programs and services for preschool and school age students with disabilities. 

CHILD FIND is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating all children from age three to twenty-one who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of severity of the disability. The district seeks to identify, through child find, all children in the Niles City School District who attend a public or non-public school in the district or who are homeless or wards of the state who may be in need of special education and related services.

Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are asked to help the Niles City School District find any child who may have a disability and need special education and related services. If you are aware of a child who may have special needs, please notify the Special Education Office at (330) 989-5095.


Your child may be eligible for a scholarship under the Austism Scholarship Program or the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program to attend a special education program that implements the child's individualized education program and that is operated by an alternative public provider or by a registered private provider.

Information on scholarship programs are available from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) web site at www.education.ohio.gov .

  • For the information on the Autism Scholarship Program, search Autism Scholarship Program.
  • For information on the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, search Jon Peterson Scholarship.

For additional information or questions on these scholarship programs, contact:

Office of Nonpublic Educational Options
(614) 466-5743
Toll-free (877) 644-6338
Email: autismscholarship@education.ohio.gov
Email: peterson.scholarship@education.ohio.gov


Special Education Teachers:

Niles Primary School
Tami Collins
K.C. Rabel                                               
Michelle Rose

Niles Intermediate School
Katherine Bonacci
Cori Busse
Gail Button (Full-time Substitute)
Jena Dadisman
Melissa Haggerty
Lynn Hayes (Full-time Substitute)

Niles Middle School
Beverly Burke
William Frech
Carla Rose
Leslie Tabor
Ann Woloschak
Jennifer Zorrosa

Niles McKinley High School 
Tami Caldwell
Ryan Collins
Samantha Doran
Tracy Lastic
Kate Masterson
Valerie Sullivan
Michael Tucci (K-12)
Speech and Language Pathologist...Kathryn Fazekas
                                                                   Nori Pilati

Carolyn Rinehart, Supervisor for the Office of Exceptional Children
330.989.5095, ext. 4015
Doug Dennis, Educational Specialist 
330.989.5095, ext. 4014
Lori Proper, Administrative Assistant
330.989.5095, ext. 4012