F-M Student Support Services Department


Mrs. Lisa Dinneen

Assistant Superintendent for Special Services

Special Education and the Committee on Special Education for students ages 5-21 

315-692-1203 or




Dr. Steve Gardner  

District Psychologist

Preschool Special Education and the Committee on Preschool Special Education for students ages 3-5

315-692-1895 or sgardner@fmschools.orgLisa Dineen 




Early Childhood Direction Center
For information on Early Intervention services for children birth to age 2

F-M Student Support Services

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is committed to making sure that all students receive a quality education within the framework of their individual needs. The district provides a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities, in the least restrictive environment, in accordance with Part 200 of Commissioner's Regulations, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The district provides a full range of special education programs and related services, at times, in conjunction with Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, including:

  • Teacher consultant services, direct and indirect         
  • Resource
  • Integrated co-teaching
  • Inclusion
  • Special education classes
  • Home-hospital
  • Residential program
  • Speech/language therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Teacher of the Deaf (BOCES)
  • Audiological services (BOCES)

  •  Referral process for students with possible special needs

    1. A parent and/or teacher seeking support services for a student who may need services or accommodations beyond the regular education program will contact the building school psychologist.

    2. With parent permission, the school psychologist will refer the child to the building Pupil Personnel Services Team.

    3. The PPS team will meet on the student, and a plan to address the concerns will be developed.

    4. The school psychologist will meet with parents and share the PPS plan. During this meeting, the full continuum of support services will be discussed, including eligibility for:

    5. If the decision is made to refer the child to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or for accommodations under Section 504, consent will be sent to parents and the components of a comprehensive evaluation will be explained by the school psychologist.

    • During the evaluation process, if parents have questions or concerns they are to contact the building school psychologist.
    • The school psychologist and appropriate staff will convene with parents prior to the committee meeting to share results and recommendations.

    6. Please contact the school psychologist should you have questions regarding your child's attendance and support needs for extracurricular activities.

    At any time during this process, parents have the right to request a comprehensive psychological evaluation.



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