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Pupil Personnel and Student Services

Welcome to the Office of Pupil Personnel and Student Services which includes NursingGuidance, and Special Education Services. We are here to support your children as they take their journey through the Mount Pleasant Schools. 

Bulletin Board about neurodiversity

Neurodiversity refers to the variations within all of our brains that make us unique. With the support of our speech therapists, Danielle Roma and Dr. Bernadette Kuntz, Columbus Elementary students researched famous musicians, artists, athletes, and figures who were/are neurodivergent. The students identified strengths and obstacles for each person and they learned  how neurodivergence supported their accomplishments.  Students also learned how differences make us who we are and help us find our own path to happiness and success. 


Special education assures that each student will have the necessary programs, supports, and services to access a free and appropriate public education. Children who have been identified as having disabilities, from age 3 to 21 are entitled by law to special education and related services that will meet their needs at no cost to their parents.  If you believe your child may require special education services, it is important to ask the right questions from the start. There may be supports available within the general education setting at the school your child attends. For some students, building level supports can effectively meet their needs. You may want to contact your child’s teacher, the building school psychologist, guidance counselor or building Principal if you have concerns. Of course you can always feel free to contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services and we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Committee on Pre-School Education

The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) coordinates the entire preschool evaluation process for children 3-5 years of age who live in the Mount Pleasant Central School District. The CPSE is a multidisciplinary team of individuals who meet to determine if a child is eligible for preschool special education services according to New York State regulations.

The CPSE team recommends services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) appropriate to your child’s needs. This means that the committee must consider how special education services can be provided to your child that will allow him or her to be educated with children who do not have disabilities, to the maximum extent appropriate.

Pre-School Special Education Workshops

Committee of Special Education

504 Plans

The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is also involved with students requiring Section 504 Accommodation plans. In accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, students who have “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities” may require a 504 plan. The plan defines modifications and accommodations that will be needed in the school setting for students to have an opportunity to perform at the same level as their peers. Although this is a building level service, the Office of Special Service is involved with the coordination and implementation of Section 504 Accommodation plans.

Contact Us

Dr. Joann Vaccaro
Director of Pupil Personnel & Student Services
914-769-5500 ext. 5107

Lori Centeno
Assistant Director of Special Education
914-769-5500 ext. 5100

Amy Sullivan
CSE Chairperson
914-769-5500 ext. 5122

April Tunno
CPSE Chairperson
914-769-5500 ext. 5126

Marisa Genna
Secretary to Administrator
914-769-5500 ext. 5125

Corinne Cunnington
914-769-5500 ext. 5108