Special Education
Special Education

Special Education

NBISD Special Education

The mission of the NBISD Special Education program is to ensure that students who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) receive the appropriate special education and related services as determined by the Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee (ARDC). These services are to be designed to meet the unique needs of the student and thus provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Special Education Department

1040 N. Walnut Ave.

New Braunfels, TX 78130

(830) 643-5757

Special Education

Special Education Information

The definition of special education is, “specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education.” In order for a student to qualify for special education services and instruction, the student must be properly evaluated and determined as having  at least one of the thirteen disabilities defined in the IDEA and require special education and related services due to the disability. The thirteen disabilities defined under IDEA are:


  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Deaf–Blind
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Non–categorical Early Childhood
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment


NBISD strives to provide special education students the services and specialized instruction to address the specific and unique needs of each student. Under the federal law, state laws, and district policy the Special Education Program must provide a continuum of services in order to provide for these needs of special education students.  In order to make this determination and write an appropriate individual educational plan (IEP), the ARDC must first review the present levels of academic and functional performance (PLAAFPs).  Once an IEP is written based on the PLAAFP, the ARDC must determine what the most appropriate setting would be to provide the service and/or instruction that matches the needs defined in the IEP. Frequency and duration for these services and instruction must also be addressed in the ARD. 

The continuum of service at NBISD includes: inclusion support,content mastery, resource class, specialized unit, FOCUS behavior support and homebound services.

A more restrictive environment, if appropriate, would be made available to our students.  

Other related and instructional services that are readily available to our students are: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy,  services for the auditorily impaired, services for the visually impaired, and adapted physical education. 


Overview of Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

Overview of SSES


Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) are on-line accounts for eligible parents/caregivers of students with significant and complex disabilities that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures.


Families of students with eligible disabilities can use the on-line accounts to obtain special educational resources and supplies and/or services such as additional speech therapy or other specific services. SSES credits are up to $1,500 per student to be used to supplement what otherwise happens in school to help students continue to make educational progress.


Families can receive up to $1,500 per student to purchase goods and services.



An online account that families can use to obtain goods and services up to the dollar value in the account which will supplement and bolster services a child is already receiving in school.


Senate Bill 1716 expanded SSES eligibility criteria to ALL students who are served by special education.


The SSES program is for students with significant cognitive and complex disabilities:

To be eligible for the SSES program, students must be:

  • enrolled in a Texas public school;
  • enrolled in PreK – 12th grade; and
  • a student with a disability served through special education.


For more specific information on criteria visit tea.texas.gov/SSES.




Families can purchase resources and supplies or services for their students, items such as:

  • Tutoring in all subjects
  • Educationally related services (OT, PT, BCBA, SLP)
  • Textbook, curriculum, or other instructional materials
  • Computer hardware, software, or other technological devices that are used for educational needs

Families can receive up to $1,500 per student to purchase goods and services.




1-855-773-3839 (SPEDTex)


Click on the link below to download the SSES Information Flyer.



  • Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records


    This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of New Braunfels Independent School District's intent to destroy the special education records.  The records of students whose special education services ended due to graduation, completion his/her educational program at age 22, mastering of goals and objectives, or moving from the district during the 2013 - 2014 school year will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.


    After seven years the records are no longer useful to the district and may be destroyed, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc.  Beginning in 2010 the law changed and we are now only required to maintain the records for a period of five years after services end.  The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address:                             


    Child Find: The New Braunfels Independent School District’s Special Education Department provides services for children ages 3 through 21; from birth through 5 years for visual or auditory impairment, who reside in NBISD or attend a private school in NBISD and are suspected of having disabilities such as speech/language, motor, physical, etc.  For further information, please contact the following address:                                                               

    Special Education Department

    1000 N. Walnut Ave.

    New Braunfels, TX  78130

    830 643 5757


Kara Bock
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Accountability
Kara Bock
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Accountability
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Nina Pugh
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Nina Pugh
Executive Director


Catherine Archer
Asst. Special Education Director; Lead Behavior

Elva Luna
Administrative Assistant

Leticia F. Gonzales,  MA/CCC-SLP
Special Education Coordinator (ECSE Child Find, Speech, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services)


Deidra Gutierrez
Lead Life Skills Coordinator


Stephanie Gain
Coordinator of Assessment

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