Lesley Ellerbusch, MSW, LCSW
School Social Worker
Beverly Kling, Ed.D, LDTC
Learning Disability Teacher Consultant
Allison Lefebvre, Psy.D
Mary Culcasi, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech & Language Therapist
The goal of special services is to "ensure that a free, appropriate public education is available to any student with a disability who needs special education and related services, even though the student is advancing from grade to grade." NJAC6A:14-1.1(b)1.ii
Who is eligible to receive Special Services?
Any child between the ages of 3 and 21 who may have a disability that affects learning, is a potential candidate for services. All children referred to the Lebanon Borough School Child Study Team must be legal residents of Lebanon Borough.
How does a child become eligible to receive services?
Any child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 21 may be a candidate to be evaluated by a New Jersey public school Child Study Team to determine eligibility for services.
Any child who is having difficulty learning in school should first be referred in writing to the school-based Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Team, to find solutions to those difficulties. If school-based general education efforts do not solve the difficulty, the I&RS Team may make a referral to the Child Study Team. Parents are part of the process and are informed of any action taken.
Parents/guardians have the option of making a direct referral in writing to the Child Study Team, but working with the school-based I&RS is advised and an appropriate first step in most situations. Referrals may be made by parents, teachers, school counselors, administrators, and the I&RS.
The New Jersey Department of Education offers an extensive library of information on special education.
The parent of a child who may need special education and related services can expect the school to follow certain steps. These steps are to protect the child’s right to be educated and are found in State and Federal law. The links listed below and above will detail the referral and evaluation process.
To obtain a copy of PRISE or for additional information, please contact Dr. Robert Sutter, Director of Special Services at 908-236-2448 ext. 110.