Special Education

The Pupil Personnel Services Department administers Special Education, English as a New Language (ENL), Homeless Education, Title I programs and other federal and state grant programs across the school district.


Special Education
The Cairo-Durham Central School District is committed to providing high quality, research-based instruction to all students. For some students, a more intensive level of support may be appropriate. When a student qualifies for special education services, an individualized educational program is developed to provide supports aimed at helping the student succeed in the least restrictive environment possible.

Click here for the New York State Education Department's guide to special education in New York State (PDF). The guide is also available in Spanish (PDF).

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Title I and Other Grant Programs
The federal government provides support for disadvantaged students through the Title I grant program. Information on Cairo-Durham's Title I programming is available here. The department manages the district's Title I allocations. Other grant programs managed by the department include, but are not limited to Title IIA:  Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund and Title IV: Rural Education Achievement Program.


Other Programs
The Director of Pupil Personnel Services serves as the district's Title IX Officer (Sexual Harassment Policy), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer, Medicaid Compliance Officer, 504 Accommodation Plan Compliance Officer.


Important Links

Spring 2016 Special Education Program Review

Special Education Action Plan, Spring 2016

Special Education in Plain Language

Educacion Especial En Lenguaje Sencillo


Department Contacts
Department Phone: (518) 622-0261
Department FAX: (518) 622-2948

Director, Pupil Personnel Services
Douglas Morrissey

Pupil Services Office Manager
Cindy Damberg

CPSE Secretary
Mary Savoia