Manchester Township Special Education Attorney
About Manchester Township School District
Manchester Township Public Schools in Ocean County, NJ consists of a high school, middle school, three elementary schools elementary school, and a regional day school for disabled students ranging in age from 3 to 21. Over 2900 students attend these schools. Of the 2900 students, approximately 460 are classified as special needs. Fourteen of the special needs students are sent out-of-district.
The annual budget is under $59 million of which the local taxpayers raise approximately $49 million.Approximately $7.3 million is for Special Education . Per pupil cost is in under $16,800 annually.
As in most public school districts in New Jersey, Special Education represents a significant portion of the district’s costs and responsibilities. Consequently, the districts face significant fiscal restraints when dealing soaring costs. It is important that parents of special needs students be fully represented by a knowledgeable Special Education Attorney or Educational Advocate from a child’s initial Individualized Education Program (IEP) through to the student’ s graduation or de-classification. The laws dictating his/her education are complicated and could be very costly to both the parent and the school district. No one knows your child better than you. That knowledge and insight must be communicated so that the student receives the education he/she deserves and is required by law to receive.
Manchester Township Special Education Legal Services
At Susan Clark Law Group, we provide guidance and representation every step of the way to ensure a thorough and efficient, free education for your son or daughter. Further, we provide a free consultation before you sign with us so that you will know what to expect in your communications with the school district. We know and have experience in dealing with the Manchester Township schools. They are dedicated educators dealing with constraining budgets and trying to provide the best education for their students. However, the laws require that your child be provided with a unique educational program dictated by his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP). At Susan Clark Law Group, we will work on your child’s behalf that he or she receives all to which they are entitled. At our website, susanclarklawgroup.com, you can view all of our blogs dealing with special education law and practices, and how they may pertain to your child. Many things can be done by yourself. However, make certain that you understand every issue and the idiosyncrasies and legal ramifications of each. Several law firms, such as The Susan Clark Law Group offer free suggestions which you can pursue yourself or with an educational advocate. It is ultimately your decision how you wish to proceed to best serve the needs of your child. Listed at the bottom of this articles are areas with which we deal on a common basis.
Schools in the Manchester Township School District
For your convenience, the contact information for the district’s schools and the Director of Special Services are:
Director of Special Services
Oliver Lokerson 732-849-2811
Manchester Township High School 732-657-2121
Manchester Township Middle School 732-657-1717
Manchester Township Elementary School 732-323-9600
Ridgeway Elementary School 732-323-0800
Whiting Elementary School 732-350-4994
Regional Day School 732-928-1500
Special Education Attorneys in Manchester Township
One of the most important parts of a special needs child’s education is in the creation and monitoring of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). The development of this document requires time, patience, evaluation, monitoring, and future planning. Strict time-lines are set. Medical and Educational evaluations must be studies to ascertain where the child is academically, medically, emotionally, and socially. When this is known, it must be determined where he/she should be in those areas. At that point, it is incumbent upon the child study team (of which you, the parent, is/are members) to develop the measurable goals and objectives to get to where he/she should be.
At Susan Clark Law Group, we have been involved in numerous cases that deal with various areas of special education needs, including:
IEP’s examination, development, and follow-through, Out-of-district placements, Mediation, Due process petitions, School long-term suspensions and expulsions, Harassment, bullying, and intimidation, 504 Plans, Guardianship of children with special needs.
Visit us and see if we are a good fit for your child’s needs.