Pupil Personnel Services

CPSE Services: Updated 3/26/20

Ulster County Department of Social Services has determined that all Committee for Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and Early Intervention (EI) direct/face-to-face services will be suspended effective immediately until further notice. Suspension of services will be monitored on a daily basis, considering the pandemic outbreak. Please continue to check this website for updated information as it is available. We understand your concern about services for our young learners and we are sure you share our concern for the health and well-being of the students, staff and families. 


Pupil Personnel Services is a department within the school district that serves students with disabilities and their parents, universal preschool students, homeless students, and students who are in a hospital setting and need educational services. If you are concerned that your child may have a disability, typically you begin by working with the Instructional Support Team at your child’s school to identify specific, research based instructional strategies to remediate the problem. The building principal may refer you to PPS if your child is not responding to these interventions after a specific amount of time. 

Megan Braren is the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, and the CSE chair for grades four through six. Ms. Braren facilitates all CSE meetings and special ed programming at this level.  Initial referrals are made through the Instructional Support Team at the student's building. Initial contact is typically made through the student’s school counselor. As the director, Ms. Braren welcomes calls concerning services provided to students with disabilities at all levels in the district.  Any additional questions or concerns regarding CPSE/CSE/Homeless students can be directed to Ms. Braren.

The primary contact for preschool through third grade services for students with disabilities is Ms. Robin Doick. Ms. Doick also oversees the universal preschool (UPK) program. Current sites that participate in the UPK program are: The Brookside School, Lederman Children's Center, and Ulster Community College Child Care. A lottery occurs in May of every year that provides free preschool programs for a limited number of students. For more information, please see the Universal Pre-K link to the left. In addition, Ms Doick is responsible for overseeing all special education services, preschool through third grade. 

Danielle Kennedy is the CSE chair for grades seven through twelve, adult through age 21, and High Meadow students. Ms. Kennedy facilitates all CSE meetings at this level and welcomes calls concerning services provided to students with disabilities. Initial referrals are made through the Student Review Team at the High School. Initial contact is typically made through the student’s school counselor. Ms. Kennedy also has the responsibility of overseeing transition services for students with disabilities. A goal of transition is to ensure that each student who leaves school gain meaningful skills for employment and college beyond graduation.

Stacey Tierney-Gabler is the designated homeless liaison for homeless students in the district. Primary contact may be directed to the school counselor of the student. Parents of homeless students are welcome to call Stacey Tierney-Gabler for clarification or further assistance if needed. 

The PPS website offers parent information that will be helpful to parents. The Parent Handbook that is provided by the State of New York is provided as a link on this website. Additional information will be updated and included throughout the year. We welcome suggestions for additions to the website that would be helpful to families that we serve.

Megan Berean 
Megan Braren
Director of Pupil
Personnel Services
Phone Ext. 4820

Danielle Kennedy 
Danielle Kennedy
CSE Chair
Grades 7-12
High Meadow
Phone Ext. 4821

Robin Doick 
Robin Doick
UPK/CPSE/CSE Chairperson
K-6 and students out of district
Phone Ext. 4818

Shane Churchill
Account Clerk
Phone Ext. 4817

Louann Miszko
Dept. Secretary
Pre-School & UPK
Phone Ext. 4863

Mary Beth Lunati
Grades 7-12
Phone Ext. 4847

Malena Callan
Grades K-6
Phone Ext. 4846