Pupil Personnel Services
|Denise Doolittle||Director of Pupil Personnel Services & Special Education|
|Paul Pattavina, Ph.D||Supervisor of Special Education|
|Audrey Chase||Supervisor of Special Education|
|Karen Buchanan||Administrative Assistant|
|Phyllis Fletcher||Administrative Assistant|
|Bhagya Rao||Administrative Assistant|
Every child has the right to free, appropriate public education. Some children are exceptional and have handicaps, which make it difficult for them to learn in the regular public school program without special education services. Since Groton's philosophy of education is to provide quality education programming for all children, the Groton Public School System, through the Department of Pupil Personnel and Special Education, assures that all handicapped children, between the ages of 3 and 21, will have available appropriate programs of instruction and related services designed to meet each child's individual needs. When Recommended by the Planning and Placement Team, special education instruction and related services are provided to Groton students, at all grade levels, by certified and/or licensed professional staff members. Groton strives to educate each child in the least restrictive environment. Programs for special-need students are, therefore, designed to encourage participation in the regular school program whenever possible.
A SNAPSHOT OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Pupil Personnel Services Department consists of: one director, two supervisors, three full-time adminitrative assistants and some 90 professional staff members. They include: Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, School Social Workers, School Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Guidance Personnel, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, and a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired. The Department services some 800 special needs students.