South Orangetown Central School District

Special Education

South Orangetown Central School District is committed to supporting every student in achieving their fullest potential. Special education is integrated into each of the district’s four schools, with a strong focus on placing students with special needs in the least restrictive environment required for them to be successful. Within each school, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and broad continuum of instructional and related services options support student growth. We work closely with families to build the strong home/school partnerships needed to help students succeed to their fullest potential.

If your child is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The first step is to contact your child’s teacher or school counselor.

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) & Committee on Special Education (CSE)

In accordance with state law, each Board of Education must appoint a CPSE/CSE to assist it in meeting its responsibilities to students with disabilities. The membership may include the parents of the student, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher or related service provider, a school psychologist, an additional parent member, and a representative of the school district.

A student suspected of having a disability shall be referred in writing to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or the Committee on Special Education (CSE). A parent, teacher or administrator may refer a student to the CPSE or CSE for an evaluation. Referrals should be initiated in writing to the school counselor, school principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Karen Tesik, Ed.D.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view forms posted below in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and may be downloaded free from the Adobe website. Unable to access the forms? Contact Thomas Colgan for CPSE ([email protected] / (845) 680-1057) or Lori Graham for CSE ([email protected] / (845) 680-1024).

Student Health Examination Form
Developmental-Social History Form
Developmental-Social History Update Form

School Psychologists
Lisa Murphy| (845) 680-1368
TBD| (845) 680-1324

School Social Worker
Jessica Inglis | (845) 680-1328

Special Education Team Leader
Heidi Hill | (845) 680-1347

Speech Therapists
Melissa Jacob | (845) 680-1381
Jon Rand| (845) 680-1367

School Psychologists
Jenny Graziano| (845) 680-1554
Sean Jones | (845) 680-1545

School Social Worker
Jessica Inglis | (845) 680-1598

Special Education Team Leader
Alissa Garbrous | (845) 680-1502

Speech Therapist
Jean Kane | (845) 680-1587

School Psychologists
Courtney Malka | (845) 680-1112
Stephen Sawitsky | (845) 680-1023

School Social Worker
Jessenia Cursio | (845) 680-1028

School Prevention Counselor
Bobbie-Angela Wong | (845) 680-1147

Special Education Team Leaders
Christa Ann Loughran | (845) 680-1246
Michael Ryan | (845) 680-1246

Speech Therapist
Kristine Condon | (845) 680-1247

School Psychologists
Katelin Burns | (845) 680-1613
Bradley Hercman | (845) 680-1610

School Social Worker
Jessenia Cursio | (845) 680-1775

School Prevention Counselor
TBD

Special Education Team Leader
Diane McLoughlin  | (845) 680-1752

Speech Therapists
Betty Ann Brennan | (845) 680-1754
Jon Rand| (845) 680-1367