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Welcome to the Special Education Services web page. In Special Education, we enhance learning by providing research-based intervention, engaging students with innovative practices, and empowering 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) uses a Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses model to evaluate students for eligibility under the category of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). The Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education does not permit reliance on only the severe discrepancy model (discrepancy between IQ and achievement scores).  If you have questions about this 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.

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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

Lydia Moore
Executive Director, Special Education Services

Lydia Moore





Bridget Coleman
Supervisor, Special Education Services

Bridgette Coleman





Supports the following: 

  • Farmington Early Childhood Center
    (which includes Child Find, Pre-school
    and PSP)
  • Hillside Elementary
  • Kenbrook Elementary
  • Longacre Elementary
  • Wood Creek Elementary
  • Power Middle (6-8)
  • Farmington High

Dorene Forster
Supervisor, Special Education Services

Dorene Forster





Supports the following:

Adult Transition Services

Special Education Supervisor

  • Farmington Central High
  • SXI satellite programs

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  • PREP

Onisia Martin
Supervisor, Special Education Services

Onisia Martin





Supports the following: 

  • Beechview Elementary
  • Forest Elementary
  • Gill Elementary
  • Lanigan Elementary
  • Farmington STEAM Academy
  • East Middle (6-8)
  • Warner Middle (6-8)
  • North Farmington High

Candaice Oliphant
Special Education Student
Information Technician and
IEP Record Requests 

Candaice Oliphant





Megan Crosby
Special Education Secretary

Megan Crosby





Susan Riggs
Special Education Secretary

Susan Riggs