Special Education & Student Services

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.

Graduation opportunities have been expanded for students for special needs in New York State. Read about the new requirements here and here.

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.

Physical Examination Form
Developmental-Social History Form
Developmental-Social History Update Form

Referrals

A student suspected of having a disability shall be referred in writing to the Committee on Special Education. A parent, teacher or administrator may refer a student to the CSE for an evaluation. Referrals should be initiated in writing to the school principal or the Director of Special Education & Student Services Michele Fenster.

For general questions, please contact the appropriate building staff.

Social Workers
Jesenia Cursio | (845) 680-1134
Jessica Inglis | (845) 680-1028

Hearing Impaired Teacher
Jennifer McCormack

Occupational Therapists
Monica Friedman-Diaz, OTR
Beth Kaplan, COTA

Physical Therapist
Mary Kate O’Callaghan, PTR

School Psychologists
Thomas Colgan | (845) 680-1324
Brian Galvin| (845) 680-1368

Special Education Team Leader
Paula Ferzola | (845) 680-1347

Speech Therapists
Allison Beer | (845) 680-1365
Lori Graham | (845) 680-1381

School Psychologists
Linda King | (845) 680-1554
Sean Jones | (845) 680-1545

Special Education Team Leader
Julia Pocalyko | (845) 680-1502

Speech Therapists
Jean Kane | (845) 680-1587
Jon Rand | (845) 680-1589

School Psychologists
Courtney Malka | (845) 680-1112
Stephen Sawitsky
 | (845) 680-1019

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
Beth Jaret | (845) 680-1610

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

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

Contact

Special Education & Student Services
South Orangetown Central School District
160 Van Wyck Road
Blauvelt, NY 10913

Michele Fenster
Director of Special Education & Student Services
(845) 680-1025

Eleanor Young
Assistant to the Director of Special Education & Student Services
(845) 680-1024

Thomas Colgan
CPSE Chairperson
(845) 680-1057

Stephanie Greenberg
CSE Chairperson
(845) 680-1020

Lillian Croyle
Secretary
(845) 680-1021

Jackie Garrecht
Secretary
(845) 680-1027

Nancy O'Sullivan
Secretary
(845) 680-1026

Karen McNee
CPSE Secretary
(845) 680-1056