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Special-education program slated for review

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The Ohio Department of Education's Office of Exceptional Children has selected Reynoldsburg schools for an on-site review of its special-education program.

Tricia Moore, director of partnerships and shared services for the district, said the review is not due to any particular complaint or volume of complaints about the district's special-education program.

"It is something ODE does regularly," she said. "The schools are selected randomly."

Reynoldsburg parents, guardians or other community members may learn more about the onsite review and share any comments about the district's special-education program with OEC officials at a public meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 26 in the media center at Waggoner Road Middle School, 340 Waggoner Road.

An alternative date of March 27, at the same time and place, has been scheduled in case bad weather or other emergency creates a need to cancel the original meeting.

Parents may also schedule individual meetings with an OEC consultant while they are in the district by contacting Stephanie Falor at 614-387-2236 or stephanie.falor@education.ohio.gov.

OEC officials said parents may share their comments by attending the meeting and providing public comment, which requires they sign-in and complete a form asking to speak. They may also provide written comment by mail to Dolores Fantroy, Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., MS 202, Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183. Parents may also FAX Fantroy at 614-752-1429 or email her at Dolores.fantroy@education.ohio.gov.

Although it is not required, people are asked to confirm their attendance for the meeting to help the OEC make arrangements that give everyone an opportunity to participate, Falor said.

To confirm attendance, contact Falor at either the phone number above or at her email address. People who are not able to register may still attend the meeting, she said.

OEC officials want parents to know, however, that these public parent meetings are not intended to resolve complaints about services for an individual child and that comments made at the meetings do not constitute a formal complaint.

Information about the formal complaint process will be presented at the meeting.

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