Special Education

Welcome to the Special Education Services web page. We hope you find the information below helpful. Should you have questions or need further information please call the Special Education Services office at 248.489.3388.

Parent Information


2015-16 Special Education District Support Services

Director, Special Education Services -Jacqueline McDougal can be contacted at 248.489.3388
Office staff in Special Education Services:
LaDonna Hartman, Student Information Technician...........248.489.3394
Terry Wyderko, Special Education Secretary.........................248.489.3388
Patricia Urquhart, Secretary Federal Grants.........................248.489.3391


Supervisor, Special Education Services - Shellie Cole will support Special Education Early Childhood and can be contacted at 248.426.2607
Office staff at Alameda Early Childhood Center:
Carma Kay, Secretary...............................................................248.489.3808


Supervisor, Special Education Services - Shellie Cole will support the following buildings and can be contacted at 248.426.2607
Forest Elementary, Highmeadow Common Campus, Kenbrook Elementary, Wood Creek Elementary, Warner Upper Elementary (5/6), Dunckel Middle School (7/8), North Farmington High School, Alternative Learning


Supervisor, Special Education ServicesMary Loewe-Glovak will support the following schools and can be contacted at 248.426.2732
Beechview Elementary, Gill Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Lanigan Elementary, Longacre Elementary, Power Upper Elementary (5/6), East Middle School (7/8), Farmington High School and Harrison High School, Providing Real Experiences for Post-Secondary Success (PREP)


Supervisor, Special Education Services - Bobbie Goodrum will support the following buildings and can be contacted at
Visions Unlimited at 248.489.3828
Office staff at Visions Unlimited:
Patricia Zimmerman, Secretary..............................................248.489.3833


Information about Alameda Early Childhood Center programs

(click on the school link in the orange box for additional information)

Our Mission:

The staff of Farmington Public Schools Early Childhood Centers will provide all children with learning experiences to achieve their highest personal and academic potential and develop skills and attitudes that will establish a foundation for a successful educational journey.

Our Philosophy:

Farmington Early Childhood Centers have a philosophy based on the interaction of the child and his unique experiences, guided and supported by staff, to insure the fulfillment of each child’s individual potential. We, as a staff, are committed to recognizing and adapting to each child’s’ individual differences and learning styles. This is accomplished through a productive play-based curriculum which is developmentally appropriate. This curriculum is implemented through hands on activities, which are child-centered and  facilitated by the teacher. The success of the program is enhanced by the partnership of family, community, and school staff. By providing a safe and healthy environment, a child will be able to accept challenges and take risks in preparation for becoming a thoughtful problem solver.


Information about Visions Unlimited programs:

(click on the school link in the orange box for additional information):

Visions Unlimited is a post-secondary educational program serving young adults ages 18-26 with developmental and physical disabilities. The curricular focus is on developing skills for student transitions from school life to work life.

Our Mission:
Through the commitment of our staff and the support of the community, Visions Unlimited is dedicated to developing each student’s potential in reaching the status of contributing citizen, productive worker, and community participant.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Support):
Visions Unlimited uses PBS as a building-wide behavioral system focusing on positive student behavior. Universal behavioral expectations are defined and posted throughout our building.

ABC’s of Good Behavior:
Always be respectful of people
Behave appropriately in school and on the job
Choose to do your best at all times


504 Eligibility

Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly referred to as “504”) guarantees certain rights to parents/guardians of students with disabilities. Farmington Public Schools attempts to identify students who may be eligible under Section 504 and inform parents/guardians of these rights.

By way of very brief summary, parents/guardians have the right to request that a student be evaluated for eligibility under Section 504. If a student is found eligible, a Section 504 Accommodation Plan is developed, with parental participation. The entire process is typically completed within thirty (30) school days.


Evaluation for Learning Disabilities

Farmington Public Schools (FPS) will be using a Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses model to evaluate students for eligibility under the category of Learning Disabled (LD). The district must use this model until it has a Response to Intervention (RTI) model implemented in full at each school. Currently, FPS is developing its RTI model and will transition from Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses to RTI in the future (anticipated to be no sooner than 2011-12). The Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education no longer permit reliance on only the severe discrepancy model (discrepancy between IQ and achievement scores). If you have questions about this new process, please see your child’s special education staff or contact the Special Education Services department at 248-489-3388. The Michigan Department of Education website also has additional information at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/OSE-EIS_Memorandum_10-07_321440_7.pdf


Notice of Nondiscrimination

Farmington Public Schools shall not discriminate against any person based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, height, weight, or marital status in any of its programs, services, activities or employment. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Human Resource Specialist, 32500 Shiawassee, Farmington, MI 48336, (248) 489-3356