Special Education Services

Special Education Services


The Ohio Department of Education has a new webpage for Families of Students with Disabilities.

 The page features information to help families better understand the special education process. It includes the newly created Evaluation Roadmap to show families what to expect if they feel their children may need additional supports or Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The Evaluation Roadmap shares key timelines, links to documents that schools must use and supporting information at each step for a better understanding of what parents can expect. The Evaluation Roadmap is downloadable and available in multiple languages.

Also featured on the Families of Students with Disabilities page are direct links to agencies in Ohio that offer one-on-one assistance to families of students with disabilities. Resources for families related to getting involved with their children’s learning, early childhood and preschool, and literacy also are on the page.  

***Remember that Piqua City Schools has a grant from ODE to hire a Parent Mentor to provide support to our very own families and staff.  Click on the "Parent Mentor" link in the menu to the left to find out more information.


The Special Education Department

The Special Education Department is committed to providing a comprehensive and seamless continuum of quality services for students with disabilities that facilitates the students' academic and social/emotional growth.

Who is eligible for special education services?

Special education services are provided to students with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). Piqua City Schools ensures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is made available to our community’s children with disabilities from age three through to adulthood ending at their twenty-second birthday.

 “Child with a disability” means a child evaluated in accordance with rule 3301-51-06 of the Administrative Code as having one of the following 13 categories and who, by reason thereof, requires special education and related services.

What services are available and how are services determined?

These services include integrated preschool programs for children with identified special needs ages 3-5 yrs.; general education teachers working with Intervention Specialists to meet the needs of students kindergarten through grade 12; individual/small group instruction; resource rooms and special classes. Services are based on the individual needs of the student as documented in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Other special education related services, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, etc. are available based on a student's IEP.  

Students who require special programs that are not provided by the Piqua City Schools may attend regional programs such as Miami County Educational Services Center Cooperative Learning Center or the Montgomery County Learning Centers, for example.


Special Education Department Contact Information:

Board of Education
215 Looney Rd.
Piqua, Ohio 45356
(937) 773-4321
Fax (937) 778-4517 

Amy Todd
Director of Special Education
(937) 773- 4321 ext. 6711

Kate Link
Administrative Assistant/Case Manager 
(937) 773-4321 ext. 6701 


Nastassia Person
Miami County ESC Supervisor of Special Programs
2000 West Stanfield Rd. 
Troy, Ohio 45373 
Phone: (937) 339-5100
Fax: (937) 339-3256

Heather Lorenzo 
Miami County ESC Supervisor of Preschool Programs 
2000 West Stanfield Rd. 
Troy, Ohio 45373 
Phone: (937) 339-5100
Fax: (937) 339-3256

Notice from the Special Education Department 

The Piqua City School District joins districts across Ohio in ongoing efforts to identify, locate and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age who may have disabilities. Public school districts are responsible for providing a “free and appropriate” public education to any child living in the district – including children with disabilities, regardless of the nature or extent of the disability. If you have a child, or are aware of a child, who may have a disability, you are encouraged to contact the district’s Special Education Department: 

Amy Todd,  Director of Special Education, at 937-773-4321

Piqua City Schools Psychological Services

School psychological services support families, schools, and the community in meeting the academic and mental health needs of students.


The School Psychologists:

  1. Consult with parents, teachers, and other professionals to promote student well-being and achievement.

  1. Advocate sound educational practices for all students.

  1. Provide formal assessments of a child's abilities, learning styles, emotional development, and social skills.

Michelle Bonifas

School Psychologist

Springcreek Primary
Washington Primary


Kylee Harrmann


School Psychologist
Piqua Central Intermediate and Out-of-District

Shelby Holp

 School Psychologist

Piqua Junior High
Piqua High School/Upper Valley Career Center

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