office of special services

795 Wisconsin Ave Bay Shore NY 11706      Phone: (631) 434-2401   Fax: (631) 434-8158
Ms. Kim Fauci – Director of Special Services – (631) 434-2144
Ms. Placida Randall – Assistant to the Director of Special Services Elementary - (631) 434-2144
Ms. Rhonda Young – Assistant to the Director of Special Services Secondary - (631) 434-2142
Special Services Events

Special Education Program

Ms. Kim Fauci
Director of Special Services

Ms. Rhonda Young
Assistant to the Director of
Special Services Secondary 

Ms. Placida Randall
Assistant to the Director of
Special Services for
Elementary and Preschool

Ms. Dashana Dulin
Special Education
Department Chair
Brentwood High School

(631) 434-2423

The Special Education Program provides assistance for any school-aged students with disabilities through a variety of accommodations, services, supports and programs. After a Committee on Special Education has reviewed evaluations and all information pertinent to the students individualized academic, social/emotional, physical and management needs, a recommendation is made to the Board of Education. Special Education programs, services and placements both within the district and outside of the district are implemented by the Board of Education within a timely manner. Each student's progress is reviewed at least annually to determine continued eligibility for such services. Please call (631) 434-2143 for further information about these programs.

The Special needs of preschool students are addressed through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Through a referral to the CPSE, the parent/guardian of a preschooler who is suspected of having a disability, can arrange for the child to receive a comprehensive evaluation at a preschool evaluation site of the parent's choice, provided that it has been approved by New York State. Brentwood Public Schools is fortunate to have a program for preschoolers with disabilities that has been approved by New York State as both an evaluation site and a special education preschool program. Three and four year old students who have been evaluated are screened by the CPSE and recommendation for services and/or placements are made as appropriate. These recommendations are presented to the Board of Education for review and implementation.

Carolyn Lapham
District CSE Chair

Dina Monastero
District CSE Chair

Lorraine Hacker
District CSE Chair

Speech and Hearing Department

The Brentwood Department of Speech and Hearing Services provides comprehensive speech, language and hearing services to the students of Brentwood who have been identified through the Committee on Special Education. The Speech Therapist in each building throughout the district works closely with the building administrators and classroom teachers to provide curriculum-based speech therapy plans for students requiring services. Additionally, they work in conjunction with the school nurse and audiologist to appropriately refer students for a complete audiological evaluation at the district Hearing Resource Center located in the Special Services building.

Garvin P. Romane
Department Head for
Speech and Hearing Services
can be reached at (631) 434-2215 for further information regarding these programs.

Attendance and Registration

The Brentwood School District is an active partner with students and parents/guardians in ensuring that all students meet or exceed the New York State Learning Standards. Students who are in school on time daily basis generally experience greater academic success, higher personal expectations, and succeed to a far greater degree. Only the following reasons are acceptable for excused absences or tardiness: illness of the student, family illness or death and required court appearances. If a student is unavoidable absent, parents/guardians should notify their school by telephone or note on the first day of absence. A parents/guardian's note should always accompany a student upon his/her return to school, indicating date(s) and reason for absence. If a parent's/guardian's note is not received, it may result in a student being marked with an unexcused absence. To help promote good attendance and to aid families in which attendance is a problem. Brentwood employs several attendance teachers and aids. These staff members investigate absences, put families in touch with community agencies, and assist the student in facing and meeting responsibilities. By law, attendance teachers sometimes report excessive absences to relevant authorities.

Registration Office: 52 3rd Ave. Brentwood, NY 11717   
Phone: (631) 434-2301  |  Fax: (631) 434-2572    
Hours – 8:00AM – 2:00PM Monday - Friday

Mr. Cristobal Benitez

Coordinator of Attendance and Census
can be reached at (631) 434-2301 to answer any questions regarding these services.

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Health, Psychological and Social Work Services

  • Health, psychological and social work services are available as student support services within our schools. The district provides a multitude of evaluative and diagnostic services for students.
    School Nurses provide a wealth of information to parents/guardians and students. Materials on numerous health issues are provided by school nurses. The nurse may be the key person to answer your questions concerning first aid procedures, possible hearing and vision defects, immunization, or children's nutrition. Even questions about special transportation, the school-lunch policy, home teaching, and protection of children from child abuse and neglect are concerns of the health staff. Obviously, the school health office is a place in which sensitivity and confidentiality are valued. When a child becomes ill or is injured in school, parents/guardians are notified immediately. Emergency cards are utilized to contact a neighbor or relative if parents/guardians are not home. While first aid is given promptly to injured students, and a child may be taken directly to a hospital, the rights and obligations of the family to choose their own physician for follow-up treatment is honored. Parents/Guardians should have their children examined by their family doctor and the results reported on a convenient form provided by the health office. Each child entering school for the first time, or entering grades Pre-K, kindergarten, 2, 4, 7 and 10 must have an examination before October 1. Students not being examined by family physicians will automatically be scheduled for examinations by the school doctor or nurse practitioner. Brentwood is fortunate in having a part-time school physician. His responsibilities include the supervision of the district nurse practitioners, and special examination for children participating in sports or who seek working papers. In addition, nurse practitioners provide similar services in collaboration with the school physician.

  • Health Appraisal Form


    The psychologists and social workers assist families and students in addressing common concerns – not just of the exceptional child, but of all children. While they primarily work with children who display learning or emotional difficulties, they also service youngsters whose "problems" are a normal part of maturation. Psychologists and social workers are an integral part of crisis intervention support when needed. *They also work with building teams to develop appropriate functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and behavioral interventions plans (BIPs) when necessary.  Upon learning of a significant disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups with respect to suspension of students with disabilities, revisions to district procedures with respect to FBAs and BIPs have occurred.

    Many parents/guardians want to know if their child is ready for school, or if he/she can handle different types of "discipline." Some parents/guardians want to meet with other adults, just to share family child-rearing experiences. Still other parents/guardians and students want a chance to resolve fears or worries or personal decisions with a person who demonstrates understanding, and sensitivity.

    Sean Coffin
    Coordinator of Health, Psychological
    and Social Work Services

    can be reached at (631) 434-2583 to answer any questions regarding these services.


The Brentwood Union Free School District’s High School’s Interscholastic Special Sports (Athletics for the Challenged Program – Section XI) has been has been operating in the Brentwood School District for over 30 years. The program was designed to offer after school athletic programs to students with significant needs. “Athletics For All” is held once a month throughout the year. Events are held in a different school district each month. Sports activities include fitness, bowling, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, floor hockey, cross country running and track and field. Sports days are held in different schools in Suffolk County beginning at 3:00 pm, and last approximately two hours. General education students often volunteer and assists athletes at events. As a result of student volunteers, friendships are formed. Students learn the importance of team work, goodwill and community. Participation in these athletic events not only improve physical well-being and coordination, but also provide skills in socialization and cooperation. All activities are modified to give each athlete a chance for success. Many parents and teachers are proud of the accomplishments of our team. The effort and spirit displayed by our athletes are both inspirational and thrilling to watch.

BHS Brentwood Science Buddy Initiative

Brentwood Science Buddy Initiative at Brentwood High School. Dr.Grella has been a huge advocate for students with disabilities. She first began offering support for students with disabilities in 2012. By 2014, she implemented an inclusive model in which she established a collaboration between the honor students in her Research Program and the students enrolled in the Life Skills program with Gina Murphy at Brentwood High School. The Life Skills students visited the lab one time a year to prepare plants for planting in the courtyard garden. In fact, the Science Buddy Program helped students construct a garden in the courtyard adjacent to the research lab in 2015. Collaborating on science activities has allowed students to create friendships and form working relationships. This program has provided all students involved the opportunity and means to improve their academic skills, social skills, self-confidence, tolerance and empathy.

Autism Awareness

West Middle School Principal Felicia Thomas-Williams along with Rhonda Young The Assistant to the Director of Special Services-Secondary and Brentwood students, hosted an autism awareness concert with Brittany Maier who is blind, autistic, mentally disabled, and yet is one of the most gifted savant pianists in the world.

Polar Plunge

Brentwood Plungers raised $2,586 this year.
The event at North Hempstead Beach park raised $59,000 Special Olympics New York has 64,659 athletes training and competing year-round in 22 Olympics-style sports. Our athletes and their families or caregivers are NEVER CHARGED to participate! It costs $400 to support training and competition for one athlete for one sports season. Set your Plunge goal at $400 and you have sponsored an athlete for an entire season!

High School Adaptive Living Skills Program

The Brentwood High School Adaptive Living Skills Program In 2014, under the leadership of Victoria Reagan The Director of Special Services and Rhonda Young The Special Education Department Head, the Brentwood School District developed a full day Applied Skills program at Brentwood High School to develop 21st century skills and facilitate a smooth transition for students as they move to post-secondary school experiences. Students who participate in the program typically require ongoing support in more than one major life activity in order to participate in integrated school, home and community settings. The program provides students with a full day experience when students enter high school that allows integration into the school community through a combination of academics and, with a working kitchen and garden, authentic life skill experiences within the context of Brentwood High School. The implementation of this new program is projected to save the district over a quarter of a million dollars in the 2014-15 school year. The savings comes from the reduction of outsourcing services to other providers.     click photo below for gallery