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From the Superintendent:
Parents in the Darien Public Schools and Board of Education members are invited to attend special education training sessions hosted by Theresa DeFrancis on Tuesday, October 8th from 9 am – 11:30 am and on Thursday, October 10th from 7 pm – 9 pm in the Board of Education Meeting Room at 35 Leroy Avenue. Her presentation will parallel those sessions provided for school district administration and staff. Ms. DeFrancis’ efforts are designed to have all in the school community understand the federal and state procedures in special education. Having a common understanding of procedures will allow the entire school community -- both parents and staff -- to move forward together.
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Darien, CT (September 24, 2013) - The Darien Board of Education is pleased to announce the creation of a local dispute resolution process that will be available to Darien families during the 2013-2014 school year. This process was developed by retired Hearing Officer Mary H.B. Gelfman in cooperation with school officials, Darien parents, and experts in special education.
This special dispute resolution process was developed to afford Darien parents the opportunity to seek resolution of special education complaints involving their own children in an expeditious and fair manner.
This past summer, the Board directed its attorneys to identify an independent person to create and administer a local, alternative dispute resolution process for the school community. The Board’s attorneys, working together with Attorney Andrew Feinstein, who has been working on behalf of parents in Darien, recommended the appointment of Attorney Mary H.B. Gelfman.
October 2nd Meeting with Attorney Sue Gamm
On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., parents of children with disabilities (special education and/or Section 504 plans) are invited to attend a parent-only meeting with Attorney Sue Gamm, the Board’s independent investigator, for the purpose of sharing any information relevant to the investigation into special education/Section 504 practices, policies and/or procedures. Also, Attorney Gamm has indicated that the meeting is open to parents of those exited or denied services during the SRBI and referral process. In addition, you are welcome to provide Attorney Gamm with any information that you have previously submitted to the state.
The parent-only meeting will be held in the Board of Education meeting room at 35 Leroy Avenue.
Power Point Report on Survey Results for an Independent Person to Oversee Special Education in the Darien Public Schools for the 2013-14 School Year
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:48)
Appointment of Director of Physical Education, Health & Athletics
The Darien Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools, Stephen V. Falcone, are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Christopher Manfredonia as Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics for the Darien Public Schools. Mr. Manfredonia will assume his responsibilities in October, 2013. He will take on the role currently held by Mr. Michael Sullivan, who will serve as Assistant Principal of Darien High School, beginning on September 10, 2013. Mr. John Keleher, retired Director of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics for the Darien Public Schools, will serve as Interim Director until Mr. Manfredonia assumes this assignment.
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