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Department info – Pupil Services

Mrs. Jen Catanese-Grimes

Jennifer Catanese-Grimes
Pupil Services Director

Holly Potti
Pupil Services Secretary

The Pupil Services Department ensures that all students with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes specially-designed instruction to meet their unique needs.

We are committed to providing the support needed for children with disabilities to flourish in their academic career and to create a foundation for success in their future aspirations. This also includes students from culturally diverse backgrounds, economically disadvantaged students, homeless students, and any students who may have special circumstances. Our department is in compliance with federal and state regulations and fosters alignment with Ohio's Operating Standards, Content Standards, and Performance Standards for Ohio's Schools.

This department’s district programs include Child Find, the Response to Intervention (RTI) model,  Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative. homebound instruction, alternate assessments, Extended School Year (ESY) services, and student transitions. 

Our support service staff consists of intervention specialists, school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, certified occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, educational aides, social workers, mental health counselors, homebound tutors, teacher of the deaf, sign language interpreters, and the gifted coordinator.

The Madison Local  School  District makes every attempt to identify gifted students from all special populations and diverse backgrounds. Assessment instruments and conditions shall be used that are appropriate for each student. All tests administered appear on the current Chart of Approved Gifted Identification/Screening Instruments (Ohio Department of Education).