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Pupil Personnel Services

Preschool Special Education and Committee on Preschool Education

Sarah Walker
Preschool Coordinator OHM BOCES
(315) 223-4727

The CPSE reviews eligibility for special education services for children ages 3-5. If you are concerned about your child's development in lagnuage, speech, motor skills, or pre-academic performance, you can request a referral to the CPSE.

  • Once the referral, your consent, and evaluator is received, your child will be scheduled for an evalutation. All evaluations inlcude at minimum:
    • a psychological evaluation to assess cognitive development, social development, and medical history provided by the parent.
    • An observation of your child in their natural learning environment (home or preschoo/daycare).
    • Additional evaluations can include speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other evaluations based on the referral concern.

If you would like to request a referral for your child to be evaluated by the Committe on Preschool Special Education, please call (315) 223-4727

Range of Programs and Services at Clinton Central Schools

  • Integrate Co-Teaching
  • New to English Language Teacher
  • Resource
  • Special Education Classes
  • Speech Language/Therapy
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Special Class 15:1
  • Special Class (12:1:1) (8:1:2) (6:1:2) BOCES
  • Audiological Services BOCES
  • Teacher of Visually Impaired BOCES

Referral Process for Students with possible Special Needs

  • A parent or teacher seeking support services for a student who may require accommodations or services beyond the standard education program will reach out to the school psychologist. 
  • Upon receiving permission from the parent, the school psychologist will then direct the child to the school's Pupil Personnel Services Team.
  • This team will conduct a meeting with the student to devise a plan to address their needs. This can cover a range of support services available, such as Academic Intervention Services (AIS), Response to Intervention (RTI), accommodations under Section 504, and Special Education eligibility. 
  • If the decision is made to refer the child to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or for accommodations under Section 504, consent will be obtained from the parents, and the school psychologist will clarify the components of a thorough evaluation. Throughout the evaluation process, parents are encouraged to reach out to the school psychologist with any questions or concerns. Prior to the committee meeting, the school psychologist and relevant staff will convene with the parents to discuss evaluation results and recommendations. 
  • For inquiries regarding a child's attendance and support needs for extracurricular activities, parents are advised to contact the school's counselor(s) or social worker(s).

    Additionally, parents retain the right to request a comprehensive psychological evaluation at any point during this process.

Contact Information

Mrs. Elizabeth Dougherty
Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Tina Lallier
(315) 557-2229

Caterina Kernan
School Psychologist

Scott Phelps
School Psychologist