Special Education and Pupil Services

Department of Special Education and English Learner Education 

Director of Special Education

Special Education Director

Jessica Bolduc is a native of Ware and a Ware Junior Senior High School graduate.  She began her teaching career at Cottage Hill Academy, a residential 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 was also employed as mentor teacher, K-3 special education extended school year teacher and academic tutor for students in grades 3-6. She serves as the Director of Special Education, Coordinator of English Learner Education, Civil Rights Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator.

Ms. Bolduc holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Westfield State University, majoring in Elementary Education and Liberal studies with a concentration in Spanish. In addition, she holds a Master of Education Degree from Fitchburg State University, majoring in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Special Education. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education Degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Educational Leadership. 

Child Find

Special Education Notice    
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, including homeschooled students. Ware Public Schools is also committed to identifying children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year-olds with disabilities. If you suspect that your child may have an educational disability, please contact the Department of Special Education at 413-967-4271. 

Section 504 Notice 

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination in publicly funded activities the Ware Public Schools has a responsibility to identify refer, evaluate, and if eligible, provide access to public education to student with impairments in its jurisdiction. For additional information about the rights or parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the Department of Special Education at 413-967-4271.

Special Education

SY 23 Ware Public Schools Department of Special Education Welcome Letter (English)

SY 23 Ware Public Schools Department of Special Education Welcome Letter (Spanish)



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 (SEPAC). The SEPAC 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.

Ware Public Schools previously received an Alternative Compliance Waiver for the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).  In lieu of a SEPAC, the District held a series of parent training and participation events.  

During the 2021-2022, in coordination with parents/guardians, the District is worked to reestablish the Ware Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). The District will continue to work with parents/guardian to strengthen our SEPAC during the 2022-2023 school year. For information on the SEPAC, contact Jessica Bolduc, Director of Special Education, at (413) 967-4271. We welcome and encourage your participation and input.  Strong partnerships with parents/guardians is crucial to ensuring the success of the Special Education Program at Ware Public Schools.

Ware Special Education Parent Advisory Council Event Notices

School Year 2022-2023
SEPAC Notice: January 2023 (English)
SEPAC Notice: January 2023 (Spanish)

SEPAC Notice: December 2022 (English)
SEPAC Notice: December 2022 (Spanish)

SEPAC Notice: October 2022 (English)

SEPAC Notice: October 2022 (Spanish)

Additional Documents and Resources              


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.