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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) 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

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  • Shellie Cole
    Supervisor, Special Education Services

    Shellie Cole

    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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  • Bridget Coleman
    Supervisor, Special Education Services

    Bridget Coleman

    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
    • Assist with Catamaran
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  • Dorene Forster
    Supervisor, Special Education Services

    Dorene Forster

    Supports the following:

    Special Education Supervisor

    • Farmington Central High
    • SXI satellite programs

    Adult Transition Services

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    • PREP
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  • Candaice Oliphant
    Special Education Student Information Technician and IEP Record Requests 

    Shellie Cole

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  • Patricia Urquhart
    Special Education Secretary

    Patricia Urquhart

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  • Megan Crosby
    Special Education Secretary

    Megan Crosby

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