Special Education Services

Department of Special Education 

Director of Special EducationSpecial Education DirectorJessica Bolduc is a native of Ware and a Ware High School graduate.  She began her teaching career at Cottage Hill Academy, a residential/day treatment program and school for students with social emotional, behavioral and educational needs.  At Cottage Hill, she instructed middle and high school courses in various subjects.  Ms. Bolduc then went on to a position in the Ware Public Schools at the Stanley M. Koziol Elementary School as a grade 1 special education teacher.  ,Throughout her career at Ware Public Schools she worked as mentor teacher, K-3 special education extended school year teacher and academic tutor for students in grades 3-6.   She currently serves as the Director of Special Education and Coordinator of English Learner Education

Jessica Bolduc holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Westfield State University, majoring in Elementary Education and Liberal studies with a concentration in Spanish. She also holds a Master of Education Degree from Fitchburg State University, majoring in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Special Education. 

Ms. Bolduc is also actively involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts, serving on the Games Management Team.  She continues to reside in Ware with her daughter, Audrey, and a very special deaf rescue dog, Lilah.


Child Find

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004) and Massachusetts Special Education Regulations, 603 CMR 28.00, the Ware Public Schools provides screenings and/or evaluations for all children residing in Ware, between the ages of 3-21, when parents, caretakers, and/or teachers suspect the presence of a disability.  The purpose of the evaluation is to determine eligibility for special education services.  This notice applies to children residing in Ware who attend either public or private schools.  If you suspect that your child may have an educational disability, please contact the Department of Special Education at 413-967-4271.     

Special Education Updates

2017-2018 Proportionate Share Meeting Invitation: Leaders of Private Schools and Parents of Private School and Home Schooled Students

2017-2018 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Parent Engagement Survey

2017-2017 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Parent Engagement Survey (Spanish)

2017-2018 Special Education Welcome Letter

2017-2018 Special Education Welcome Letter (Spanish)

Special Education Placement

Special education efficacy studies show that placement outside of general education has little or no positive effect for students, regardless of the type or intensity of the disability. Research reviews document that special needs students educated in general education classes do better academically and socially than comparable students in non-inclusive settings, regardless of the type of disability or grade level.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Massachusetts Special Education Regulation 603 CMR 28.07 (4) requires each school district to create a Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC advises the school district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities and participates in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district's special education programs.

Membership is open to all parents of eligible students, as well as other interested parties. We welcome and encourage your input. It is essential to improving our programming. For further information on the  Ware Parent Advisory Council (WPAC), contact Jessica Bolduc, Director of Special Education, at (413) 967-4271.

Ware Parent Advisory Council Survey

Ware Parent Advisory Council (WPAC) Notices 

WPAC Notice- May 2018
WPAC Notice- May 2018 (Spanish)

WPAC Notice- April 2018
WPAC Notice- April (Spanish)

WPAC Notice- March 2018
WPAC Notice- March 2018 (Spanish)

WPAC Notice- February 2018
WPAC Notice- February 2018 (Spanish)

WPAC Notice- January 2018
WPAC Notice- January 2018 (Spanish)

WPAC Notice- November 2017
WPAC Notice- November 2017 (Spanish)

WPAC Notice - October 2017
WPAC Notice - October 2017 (Spanish)

Click on the links below to download each document or resource.                



It is the policy of the Ware Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity,  homelessness, military service, union activity or genetics in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Chapter 622 of the Massachusetts General Laws, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, M.G.L. c. 71A and c. 76, s. 5.