District Office

504 N.Third Ave/PO Box 28 Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

Phone: 503-355-2222

Fax: 503-355-3434

Garibaldi Grade School

604 Cypress Ave/PO Box317 Garibaldi, OR 97118

Phone: 503-322-0311

Fax: 503-322-2193

Nehalem Elementary

36300 Eighth St/PO Box 190 Nehalem, OR 97131

Phone: 503-355-3650

Fax: 503-368-7721

Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School

25111 Hwy 101 N Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

Phone: 503-355-2990

Fax: 503-355-8514

Neah-Kah-Nie High School

24705 Hwy 101 N Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

Phone: 503-355-2272

Fax: 503-355-8200

Special Student Services 2017-03-10T00:07:35+00:00


Stacey Dills
Stacey DillsSpecial Education / Student Services Director

The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program

The McKinney-Vento Act’s Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program ensures that homeless children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. The state public school admission statute assuring the right of homeless and other children and youth in similar circumstances to enroll in schools is ORS 399.115(7).

Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated Homeless Student Liaison to provide direct assistance to homeless families and unaccompanied youths to access and achieve in school. The Neah-Kah-Nie district liaison contact is Stacey Dills, Special Education/Special Student Services Director.  She can be contacted by phone at 503-355-3556 or by email at staceyd@nknsd.org.

The following is a link to the state program website:  www.ode.state.or.us\Go\HomelessEd

Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment:

Neah-Kah-Nie School District provides special education and related services to all resident school-age children with disabilities, except as provided in OAR 581-015-2045. “School-age children” are children who have reached five years of age but have not yet reached 21 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year.

Neah-Kah-Nie School District Special Education Parent Survey Notice

Child Find:
School districts must identify, locate and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of the disability, who are in need of early intervention, early childhood special education, or special education services, including:

  • Highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children)
  • Children who are wards of the state
  • Indian preschool children who reside on reservations
  • Children who are suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade
  • Children enrolled in public charter schools
  • Children who are home schooled
  • Children below the age of compulsory school attendance who are not enrolled in a public or private school program; and
  • Children above the age of compulsory school attendance who have not graduated with a regular high school diploma

If you have or know of a student that may need special education or related services, please contact Special Education Director, Heidi Buckmaster at 503-355-2272 extension 3551.

Child Find notices are also include in the Headlight Herald for all Tillamook County Schools, and the student handbooks provided at the beginning of each year.

Response to Intervention (RtI) » Evaluation » Eligibility:
Neah-Kah-Nie School District utilizes a combination of “Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses and Response to Intervention” to determine eligibility for special education services. 

Parent Participation in pre-referral, referral and evaluation process is essential to developing the best educational program for all of our students whether or not they are eligible for special education and related services.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards:
School districts must give parents a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards at a minimum only one time per year, except that a copy must be given to the parents:

  • Upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation
  • Upon request by a parent; and
  • Also to the child, at least a year before the child’s 18th birthday

Notice of Procedural Safeguards is sent to all eligible Neah-Kah-Nie students at the beginning of the school year through the mail and are offered at each IEP meeting.  At any time, a copy of the most current procedural safeguards may be requested by contacting any school or the district office.

Special Education and 504:
Contact: Dr. Heidi Buckmaster by e-mail at  heidib@nknsd.org, or by phone 503-355-3551

English Language Learners (ELL)
For students with Limited English Proficiency Contact: Paul Erlebach by email at paule@nknsd.org, or by phone at 503-355-3501 or Patty DeGandi by email at pattyd@nknsd.org, or by phone at 503-3552

ELL annual report

Talented and Gifted (TAG)


Early Intervention Early Childhood Education (EIECSE)
Conatct: Northwest Regional Education Service District at 503-842-8423

Restraint and De-Escalation Report

ODE Special Education Report Card [Spanish]

Our Staff

Karen Wheeler
Karen WheelerSpecial Education Secretary
Kelly Thayer
Kelly ThayerSpecial Education Teacher - HS
Brianna Moses
Brianna MosesSpecial Education Teacher - NES
Jenna Angelini
Jenna AngeliniSpecial Education Teacher - GGS
Jake Shipman
Jake ShipmanSpecial Education Teacher - MS
Dave Whitman
Dave WhitmanNWRESD School Psychologist