Supervisor of Special Services - Kathleen Finley
School Psychologist - Eric Herschman
School Social Worker - Nick Cilenti
Learning Disability Teacher Consultant - Lisa Carlson
CST Secretary - Sanjula Ranasinghe
(973) 383-6700 ext.246
Mission Statement and Purpose:
The Child Study Team consists of the School Psychologist, School Social Worker, the Learning Consultant and the Speech/Language Specialist. The team has a number of responsibilities including consultation, identification, classification, and formulation of recommendations for remediation of learning and behavior deficits. Team members also serve as Case Managers for students receiving special education and related services and work closely with both regular and special education teachers to develop students’ Individual Education Programs (IEP).
The function of our team is to provide support, guidance, and professional development to the school staff who identify learning or behavior difficulties to meet individualized student needs. Sussex County Technical School takes pride in its ability to meet the individual needs of its students. The Child Study Team plays an integral role in providing special education services and supports. For information about the special education services please contact Kathleen Finley, Supervisor of Special Services ( ) at 973-383-6700.
Letter to parents:
The purpose of the Special Services Department is to provide an appropriate education for students with disabilities, in the least restrictive environment, that will enable them to reach their potential, and to become functioning members of society. To the maximum extent possible, students with disabilities will be provided the opportunity to be educated with age-appropriate non-disabled peers and will receive all necessary supports and services to benefit from their educational program.
The Special Services Department includes special education teachers, child study team members, speech/language specialists, related services providers, and teacher assistants. Together we plan and provide educational programs for students with disabilities in partnership with general education staff, administration and parents. We believe that each child has value and the ability to learn. It is our responsibility, along with the general education staff, to foster within each child the belief in that value through discovering their talents, developing their skills, and encouraging self-confidence and independence. We believe that parents are a valuable and an essential part of the education process and that their aspirations for and insights about their children are important for us to understand as we plan together for their educational program.
The Child Study Team is responsible for the identification, evaluation and determination of eligibility for students with disabilities. The Child Study Team is also responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of each classified pupils’ Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.). Parents should contact the Child Study Team at (973) 383-6700 ext. 246 to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s academic, social, or behavioral development.
Special Education Services
What is the Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
Individualized Education Program (IEP) - A yearly educational plan written by teachers, therapists, child study team members and parents.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is an educational plan that has been created to meet that student’s unique needs. Each student who receives special education and related services must have an IEP. Each IEP is developed to provide support to each student academically class placement, support services (modifications and accommodations). The IEP presents an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students to work together to create opportunities for educational success.