Welcome to the Pupil Personnel Services Department
Erie's Public Schools assures that a free and appropriate public education is provided to all eligible students residing within the district.
Programs for students in need of specially designed instruction; accommodations and/or modification to access curriculum and school related activities are made available to all eligible students. We offer a continuum of services for students with disabilities that begins with full inclusion in the child’s home school and class to separate programs within other schools in which peers without disabilities would not participate. Special education services are provided to eligible students at no cost to parents to assist them in reaching their maximum learning potential. Students are identified as needing special education by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) that includes the parent. If the MDT team determines that a student has a disability or meets the criteria for gifted ability and needs specially designed instruction, an IEP (Individual Education Plan) team meets to develop specially designed instruction and accommodations/modifications to access the curriculum and school related activities and/or provide enrichment or acceleration within the curriculum.
Parents may request an evaluation if they feel that their child is in need of services. Please refer to the Special Programs content at left for further information regarding services and programs.
Special Education Office: 874-6050
Dr. Angela Kownacki, Director of Pupil Services, email@example.com
Special Education Supervisors:
Brad, Braggins firstname.lastname@example.org : Strong Vincent Middle, East Middle, Perry, Lincoln, Connell, Diehl
Paul Causgrove email@example.com : Pfeiffer-Burleigh, Harding, Jefferson, Grover Cleveland, Edison, McKinley
Kristina Bokulich firstname.lastname@example.org : Erie High School, Collegiate, Wilson Middle, Cyber, Recovery Academy
Linda Cappabianca email@example.com : Speech and Language, Early Intervention, Gifted, ESL
Child Study Office: 874-6100
Kelly Recker firstname.lastname@example.org : Erie High School, Harding
Heather Prichard email@example.com : Erie High School, Perry
Marc Fiorelli firstname.lastname@example.org : Erie High School, Connell
Amber Hotchkiss email@example.com : East Middle, Edison
Stephanie Kalivoda firstname.lastname@example.org : Wilson Middle, Diehl
Cathy Davis email@example.com : East Middle, Lincoln, Early Intervention
Jennifer Roden firstname.lastname@example.org : Strong Vincent Middle, Grover Cleveland
Barb Famageltto email@example.com : Wilson Middle, McKinley
LuAnn Gatti firstname.lastname@example.org : Collegiate, Pfeiffer-Burleigh
Chris Marz email@example.com : Strong Vincent Middle, Jefferson
Tracy Rigazzi, Early Intervention Coordinator, 874-6155 firstname.lastname@example.org
School Based Access Program:
Sandy Gallagher, SBAP Administrator, email@example.com
Special Education Records:
Rachael Moore, 874-6102, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments. Each local educational agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0 % of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA. A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6 (c)(3) regulations. LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information. The Erie School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent threshold for PASA participation for the 2019-20 testing cycle. The necessary justification information has been submitted to the Bureau of Special Education. Questions on the district’s participation rates should be directed to Angela Kownacki, Pupil Services Director.