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Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services

The Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services is responsible for overseeing the special education process for the East Meadow School District. This includes referrals to, and meetings of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), as well as the implementation of the special education programs and related services within and outside the district.

The Director supervises the special education teachers, speech and language teachers, physical therapist and occupational therapists employed by the district. She must insure that the East Meadow School District continues to operate its programs and implements procedures that are current with ongoing changes in federal and state legislation relative to the special education process. Communication with the district’s central and building administration is ongoing, as it is with the dozens of programs located outside the district that many of our special-needs students attend.

Duties relative to Pupil Personnel Services include overseeing the district’s psychological services and social worker services departments. Additionally, issues related to district registration, residency, guidance services, alternate placements in programs outside the district for general education students, the homeless, mental health issues, and crisis intervention all fall under the responsibility of the Director.

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)
Any parent /guardian who suspects that his or her preschool child is in need of special education services due to a disability, may request an evaluation by the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carrie Kelsey, CPSE Chairperson, or Ms. Danielle Betz, Assistant Director of Special Education,

In order to process any CPSE referral, parents/guardians must register in the school district.

Please see the link below to register your child in the East Meadow School District.


Betsy Lashin  

Betsy Lashin, Director
(516) 478-5540



Danielle Betz, Assistant Director
(516) 478-5541




Kathleen Hannan, Coordinator of Secondary Special Education
(516) 478-5815