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Special Education

  • Welcome to the Special Education Services web page. In Special Education, we enhance learning by providing research-based intervention, engage students with innovative practices, and empower them to reach their highest potential.  We hope you find the information on this page helpful. Should you have questions or need further information, please call the Special Education Services office at 248-489-3388. 

    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.

    Severe Cognitive Impairment and Severe Multiple Impairments programs operate a minimum of 1,150 hours of instruction with no breaks greater than ten consecutive days of pupil instruction.

     

    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

Contact Information

  • Jacqueline McDougal Ph.D.
    Executive Director, Special Education Services

    Jacqueline McDougal

    jacqueline.mcdougal@fpsk12.net
    248-489-3388

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  • Shellie Cole
    Supervisor, Special Education Services

    Shellie Cole

    shellie.cole@fpsk12.net
    248-426-2607

    Supports the following: 

    • Forest Elementary
    • Gill Elementary
    • Hillside Elementary
    • Lanigan Elementary
    • Longacre Elementary
    • East Middle (6-8)
    • Warner Middle (6-8)
    • Farmington High
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  • Dorene Forster
    Supervisor, Special Education Services

    Dorene Forster

    dorene.forster@fpsk12.net
    248-489-3833 

    Supports the following:

    Special Education Supervisor

    • Farmington Central High
    • SXI satellite programs

    Adult Transition Services

    Principal, Visions Unlimited

    • PREP
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  • Lydia Moore
    Supervisor, Special Education Services

    Lydia Moore

    lydia.moore@fpsk12.net
    248-426-2732

    Supports the following: 

    • Beechview Elementary
    • Farmington Early Childhood Center (which includes Child Find, Pre-school and PSP)
    • Kenbrook Elementary
    • Wood Creek Elementary
    • Farmington STEAM Academy
    • Power Middle (6-8)
    • North Farmington High
    Comments (-1)

  • Candaice Oliphant
    Special Education Student Information Technician

    Shellie Cole

    candaice.oliphant@fpsk12.net
    248-489-3394

    Comments (-1)

  • Patricia Urquhart
    Special Education Secretary

    Patricia Urquhart

    patricia.urquhart@fpsk12.net
    248-489-3391

    Comments (-1)