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 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).

(Note: In order to download PDFs, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free at Adobe's website.)


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 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.


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


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


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


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