Special Education


The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, through the Student Services Office, will offer free developmental screening for children ages 3 and 4 residing in the B-C-S school district.  This will take place on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Carroll Township Hall, 11080 W. Toussaint East Road, Oak Harbor.  Screenings will be by appointment only and offered from 8:00 am – 11:00 am.  Each appointment will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The purpose of the screening is to provide reassurance to parents and answer questions regarding their child’s development.  This screening is not for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten.  Appointments can be made by calling the Student Services Office at 419-898-3280.  Also on December 2, the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities will offer free developmental screenings for children ages 0-3 at the Carroll Township Hall.  Residents of Ottawa County who have a child ages 0-3 and suspect that the child has delays (including but not limited to speech, social, motor or cognitive) should call 567-262-3141 to set up an appointment either on this date or in the future.


Free and Appropriate Education:

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District provides free and appropriate educational services to all children with disabilities ages 3 - 21 residing within the school district, regardless of the severity of their disability. These services are provided in programs meeting rules adopted by the State Board of Education. Parents of children attending public, parochial, or private schools should contact Jim Boss, Director of Student Services, if they suspect their child has a disability. The District also receives IDEA B funding from the State of Ohio. These funds are designated for special education purposes. Anyone with questions regarding these funds should contact the Office of Student Services at 419-898-3280.

Whose Idea Is This?

Parent Notice: B-C-S is required to provide Whose Idea Is This? at least once a year. This handbook outlines procedural safeguards and is a valuable resource for families. The most recent copy was published on April 2, 2012 and can be accessed through this link: Whose IDEA Is This?

Pre School Information:

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District operates a public preschool program in cooperation with North Point Educational Service Center. This preschool class operates as an integrated program and includes preschoolers with disabilities. The preschool class offers half day sessions Monday - Thursday. Morning sessions are scheduled from 9:00 am - 11:30 am and afternoon sessions are 1:15 pm to 3:45 pm. The classroom is located at the North Point Educational Service Center Graytown Building, 1661 N. Walker Street, Graytown. Mrs. Danielle Krupp is the preschool teacher. Tuition for 2013-2014 school year is $130.00 per month for 4 half day sessions per week and $85.00 per month for 2 half day sessions per week. Students must be 3 years old by August 31st to register. For additional information and any available openings, contact the preschool secretary at North Point Educational Service Center (419) 627-3996.

Community Screening for Preschoolers:

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District offers developmental screenings for preschoolers ages 3 - 5 years old. This developmental screening is held in November from 8:00 am to noon. The 90 minute assessment included areas of speech, language, motor skills, social-emotional adjustment, adaptive behaviors, and concept knowledge. Please contact the Student Services office at (419) 898-3280 for additional information on future screening dates and times. The developmental screening is free to any Benton-Carroll-Salem resident.

Does your preschool child have a developmental delay?

Developmental screenings are available to preschool age children who are suspected of having a developmental delay. If your child is birth to 36 months old, contact the Ottawa County Help Me Grow offices at 419-898-0400. If your child is age 3 to 5 years, contact Jim Boss, Director of Student Services, at 419-898-3280.

Parent Notification of Scholarship Programs for Students with Disabilities:

Your child may be eligible for a scholarship under the Autism 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 provice or by a registered private provider. Information on scholarship programs are available from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) web site at this link Jon Peterson Special Needs and Autism Scholarships.