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The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) department is responsible for the evaluation, placement, and service provision of and for students with disabilities as defined by the Part 200 of the Commissioner's Regulations and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). This act mandates a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

Special Education provides specially designed services and programs for children with educational disabilities at no cost to parents or guardians. It is intended to meet individual needs and enhance student strengths.  

Students and parents are introduced to special education in various ways. Some disabilities can be identified when children are very young (Committee on Preschool Special Education/CPSE). Others are not identified until children show difficulty in regular school programs (Committee on Special Education/CSE). Special education programs and services are designed to assure that children with disabilities receive appropriate and equal opportunities for educational growth.

PPS Contacts

Ms. Elizabeth Law, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
504 Rehabilitation Act/ADA Compliance Coordinator
845-355-5248 •

Ms. Debra Wilson, Supervisor of Special Education
District Title IX Alternate Coordinator/District Homeless Liaison
845-355-5108 •

Ms. Patricia Irwin, Supervisor of Special Education
845-355-5106 •

District Contacts

Heather Galloway, CPSE Chair/ District Psychologist
845-355-5808 • 

Michele McCoy, District Psychologist
845-355-5835 •


Health Services

Health offices are staffed daily in each building by registered nurses. These offices are available to handle daily medication and emergency needs. For more information, please visit the building level web site.


DISTRICT-WIDE Melissa Grassi Occupational Therapist 2114
Ada Pardini Occupational Therapist 2114 / 4148
Christina Ricks COTA 2114 / 4157
Mary Cardinal Teacher for the Visually Impaired
Laura Mulhare Physical Therapist 2114
Lauren Weinstein Teacher for the Deaf
HIGH SCHOOL Meghann Davis School Psychologist 5177
Marie Demchak School Psychologist 5862
Cathi Greiner Speech/Language Therapist 5189
Joanne Musselwhite Speech/Language Therapist 3257
Desiree Gibbs Social Worker 5165
Jerry Sander Student Assistant Counselor 5167
Megan Mead School Nurse 5175
MIDDLE SCHOOL Amber Dunn School Psychologist 5244
Michelle Hlavacek Speech/Language Therapist 5227
Joanne Musselwhite Speech/Language Therapist 3257
Lisa Doce Social Worker 5209
Jerry Sander Student Assistant Counselor 5283
Melissa Singer School Nurse 5220
INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Jessica Klein School Psychologist 5268
Lauryn Barrett Speech/Language Therapist 4214
Alison Vreeland School Counselor 5258
Elaine Mills School Nurse 5267
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Carol Schiavo School Psychologist 5278
Debra Cambareri Speech/Language Therapist 4255
Rebecca Halpern Speech/Language Therapist 4239
Venus Diedrick Social Worker 5204
Anna Odland School Nurse 5277
OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY Heather Dubrovsky School Psychologist 5881
Marie Demchak School Psychologist 5862
Jean Breheny Speech/Language Therapist 2144
Ellen Martin Speech/Language Therapist 2218
Joanne Musselwhite Speech/Language Therapist 2118
Danielle Ulbrich Social Worker 5856
Gabriella Renna School Nurse 5854