Pupil Personnel Services

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    The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is a department comprised of dedicated administrators, faculty and support staff committed to ensuring that the educational needs of each child are met.  We are proud of our special education programs and continue to work throughout the year to improve and expand them to meet the needs of our students.   Our work is directed by Federal law and by NYS Education Department regulations.  While these laws and regulations have undergone numerous revisions, the intent has remained constant; all students are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment.  The Hendrick Hudson School District believes this intent is best served by providing our students the supports and services needed in our District buildings. 


    The Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson School District does not discriminate in the educational programs and activities, which it operates as per the requirements of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you suspect that your child has a disability that may require special education services or accommodations in order to access our educational and/or extracurricular programs please contact: Lisa Schuchman, Executive Director of PPS: phone 914-257-5147 or email lisa.schuchman@henhudschools.org   

    For further information contact:

    Lisa Schuchman
    Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services

    Ellen Garguilo
    Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE-5)
    Grades K-5 (Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary, Frank G. Lindsey Elementary, Furnace Woods Elementary)

    Christopher Moreno 
    Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    Grades 6-12 (Blue Mountain Middle School, Hendrick Hudson High School)

    Linda Cohen-Stumer
    Administrative Assistant to Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    linda.cohenstumer@henhudschools.org                                                                                                                      914-257-5147

    Meghan Hooley
    Administrative Assistant to Assistant Directors of Pupil Personnel Services Preschool-5th

    Wendy Gonzalez
    Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services, 6th-Age 21, Spanish Language Speaker
    914 257-5145


    Education Law amendment now requires parents to be notified of their rights to a referral and evaluation of their child

    (2/8/15) Section 4402 of the Education Law has been amended by adding a new subdivision, effective July 1, 2015, requiring public schools to notify every parent of their rights regarding referral and evaluation of their child for the purposes of special education services or programs upon their child’s enrollment in public school.

    This amendment requires school districts to notify every parent or person in parental relation of their rights regarding the referral and evaluation of their child for the purposes of special education services or programs. This notification shall be provided to the parents of all students in the district (with and without disabilities) upon their child’s entry into public school.

    This field advisory (PDF) provides information on this change which includes the legal citation(s), a summary of the changes, an effective date, and the corresponding statutory language. The field advisory is also posted at:

    In addition, the new requirement has been included in A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS (PDF).