Pupil Personnel Services

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 (IEP) is developed to provide supports aimed at helping the student succeed in the least restrictive environment possible. 

Information on qualifying for district special education programs, including related services and other programs, can be found in the district's Special Education Eligibility and Program Guide 2017 (PDF).

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).

For additional help and resources, contact the Capital District's School Age Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) at 518-640-3320. FACE can assist you in understanding your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), questions about your Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting, navigating the Special Education system in New York State, exploring strategies for engaging with your child's school team, and more. 

Preschool Special Education

The purpose of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is to determine if a preschool-aged child between the ages of 3 through 5 is eligible for preschool special education services and to ensure that they receive the support necessary to prepare them to enter kindergarten. Click here to learn about the referral process

English as a New Language

English as a New Language (ENL) programs provide additional support to students whose native language is other than English. Every student registering for school in our district is asked to report their native language. Those meeting state guidelines are provided ENL support.

Further information on English as a New Language can be found here.

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 www.NYSTEACHS.org.

Title I & 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.

Student Registration 

The Director of Pupil Personnel Services also oversees student registration for all district schools. Information on registering new students to the district can be found here

Other Programs

The Director of Pupil Personnel Services also serves as the district's Medicaid Compliance Officer and 504 Accommodation Plan Compliance Officer.

Links & Resources

Contact Us

Phone: 518-622-0261
Fax: 518-622-2948

Director, Pupil Personnel Services
Douglas Morrissey

Pupil Services Office Manager
Cindy Damberg

CPSE Secretary
Mary Savoia