Special Education

  • Welcome to the Office of Special Education!
    The Office of Special Education is responsible for the development, coordination and supervision of programming for students with disabilities. Rush-Henrietta offers a variety of services and programs to meet the individual needs of all students. We are committed to providing a full continuum of services that support the unique needs of each student.

    All children with special needs in Rush-Henrietta will have access to the general education curriculum to the fullest extent possible in an inclusive environment. The district provides a range of programs and services within the school district to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The first consideration is educating our students with disabilities in general education in their home school. The district also offers special education programming within the district to meet the unique needs of students who require specialized programs as outline on the Individual Education Program (IEP).

    CSE meetings are held in the school buildings for students who attend in-district programs. This includes full CSE and sub-CSE meetings for initial reviews, annual reviews, reevaluation meetings and requested reviews.

    Mission Statement

    The Rush-Henrietta Special Education Department supports the district’s mission to “prepare every student for responsible citizenship, life-long learning, and college or career success.” Students who qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) require additional supports in order to have equal access to the curriculum and learning environment. Our special education staff and related service providers work to support all students with disabilities achieve mastery of the New York State Learning Standards, to graduate on a timely basis and with the knowledge and skills required to live independent and productive lives. To this end, we have dedicated ourselves to providing high-quality instruction and resources, along with a full continuum of special education services.

    The office is staffed with the following professionals:

    Melanie Stevenson, Director of Special Education 
    585-359-7931 or mstevenson@rhnet.org

    Michelle Webb, Secretary
    585-359-7931 or mwebb@rhnet.org

    David Patt, Coordinator of Special Education (Grades 7-12)
    585-359-7924 or dpatt@rhnet.org

    Karen Dickson, Secretary
    585-359-7924 or kdickson@rhnet.org

    Jennifer Cardinale, Coordinator of Special Education (CPSE/Grades K-6)
    585-359-7925 or jcardinale@rhnet.org

    Deborah Wood, CPSE Secretary
    585-359-7920 or dwood@rhnet.org

    Sarah Driscoll, Secretary
    585-359-7926 or sdriscoll@rhnet.org

    Janey Harper, Data Analyst/STAC
    585-359-7928, mharper@rhnet.org

    Donna Dehmler, Data Analyst/Medicaid
    585-359-7921 or ddehmler@rhnet.org

    Christopher Maley, Behavior Specialist
    585-359-7929 or cmaley@rhnet.org

    Heather Giles, Behavior Specialist
    585-359-7934 or hgiles@rhnet.org






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