Special Programs

The Buckeye Elementary School District firmly believes in supporting all students with specially designed instruction that promotes and encourages each student to achieve their personal best academically, socially and behaviorally.

Buckeye Elementary School District Special Programs department oversees the following services:

  • Child Find
  • Health Services
  • Special Education
  • Special Education Records
  • Preschool Program
  • School Counseling Services
  • School Psychologists

Board Report May 2017 – REVISED

View Graph – Relationship between Academic Performance and Behavioral Issues – Academic and behavior triangle

About Child Find

At a Glance

  • Child Find is a legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services.
  • Child Find covers every child from birth through age 21.
  • The school must evaluate any child that it knows or suspects may have a disability.

Learn more about the Child Find program – Child Find BESD

About Effective Behavior and Instructional Support Systems (EBISS)

At a Glance

  • To review school wide academic and behavior data in order to evaluate the effectiveness of core programs
  • To screen and identify students needing additional academic and behavior support
  • To plan, implement and modify interventions for these students. Depending on each student’s “response to intervention,” a formal referral for special education evaluation
    may result after interventions have been planned, monitored and documented
  • To provide a structured, systematic process involving the following features and activities: team membership, school‐wide planning, development and guidance of interventions, reviewing progress of interventions at meetings, and individualizing and intensifying interventions

Educational Programs for Students with Special Needs

Buckeye Elementary School District (BESD) provides a range of educational programs for students with special needs. At each of our schools, the IEP team determines program placement of each student based on the principle of the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). LRE means that a student is to participate in as much of the general education program as is appropriate in view of his/her educational needs.

Procedural Safeguards – Parents Rights under IDEA

About Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities

Buckeye Elementary School District (BESD) provides an educational program for preschool children with disabilities who reside in the school district and who are not already receiving services that have been provided through the department of education. BESD educational programs are available for only those preschool children who meet the definition of one of the following conditions:
1. Hearing Impairment.
2. Visual Impairment.
3. Developmental Delay
4. Preschool Severe Delay.
5. Speech-Language Impairment

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Dr. Kyann McMillie
Executive Director of Special Programs
Phone: (623) 925-3439
David Lopez
Director of Special Education
Phone: (623) 925-3436
Amber Burwell
Special Programs Coordinator
Phone: (623) 386-4487 x 3348
Linda L’Amoreaux
Special Programs Coordinator
Debbie Dunning
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Phone: (623) 925-3405
Occupational and
Physical Therapy
Jennifer Kennedy, OTR
George Mata, COTA
John Harrell, COTA
Jessica Rotenberger, OT Assistant
Jennifer Silver, PT