McKinney-Vento Act

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.


Homeless Education
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act requires schools across the country to support students experiencing homelessness. Students living in insecure living environments may be eligible to receive services and accommodations to ensure stability in their education. Every registering family is asked to complete a housing questionnaire to assist in determining their homeless status. Already registered families are encouraged to notify either the Pupil Personnel Services Office or their school office if they believe they might meet the criteria of the McKinney-Vento Act.  Information on those criteria and homeless education in general can be found at


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