Pupil Services Department
Director of Pupil Services / Special Education
Dr. Daniel P. Murdock Sr.
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday – Friday
The ALCS Department of Pupil Services oversees a vast range of support services within the Avon Lake City School District that assists our students to benefit from the many educational programs offered throughout our district. We provide a wealth of services for students from preschool through high school with programming that encompasses prescriptive interventions of Special Education services and also challenging academic experiences for our advanced students.
The Avon Lake City School District provides a comprehensive system for identifying and addressing the individual needs of students. We are committed to providing a quality education to all students, including those with special needs, gifted needs, ESL needs and Preschool needs.
Our school district offers a legally mandated continuum of services for students with special needs. Our students are provided service within the least restrictive environment in a cross categorical manner. This means that regardless of the student’s disability, students are educated in the environment that is best suited or adapted to meet the individual’s needs.
Our English as a Second Language Program is designed to help English Language Learner (ELL) students overcome their linguistic, cultural and language difficulties to assure that they receive an equal educational opportunity.
Our preschool program serves children ages three through five who demonstrate developmental delays or disabilities in language development, motor skills, cognition, socialization, behavioral/emotional growth, and or adaptive behaviors.
The Office of Pupil Services oversees the following student services:
- Special Education Services
- Central Registration
- English Language Learners (ELL)
- Gifted Education Services
- Psychologists and Assessment Services
- Guidance Counselor Services
- Health Services
- Preschool (LEAPS)
- Child Find
- ADA Section 504 Compliance
- Speech Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Audiology & Vision Specialists
- Adapted Physical Education
- Orientation & Mobility
- Special Olympics
- Coordination of intervention and identification
- Home Schooling
- Residency and Custody Verification
- Help Me Grow Contact
- Ohio’s State Tests (OST)
- Transcript Requests/Student Records
- Home-bound Instruction
Department Staff Members:
Special Education Supervisor
(440) 933-4829, Ext. 1504
LEAPS Preschool Supervisor
(440) 933-8226, Ext. 6018
(440) 933-0984, Ext. 1526
(440) 933-4829, Ext. 1510
Transition Services (ages 14-22)
(440) 933-4829, Ext. 1507
|William Richards||High School/Learwood/JVS||Bill Richards||(440) 933-4829, Ext. 1509|
|Lauren Janus||Eastview, Westview||Lauren Janus||(440) 933-6283, Ext. 3204|
|Gina Rose||Troy/LEAPS||Gina Rose||(440) 933-2701, Ext. 7014|
|Kaitlyn Gray||Redwood, Erieview||Kaitlyn Gray||(440) 933-5145, Ext. 16021|
Speech Language Pathologists
|Melissa Hille||Eastview, Westview||Melissa Hille||(440) 933-8131, Ext. 5211|
|Brenda Booth||Troy||Brenda Booth||(440) 933-2701, Ext. 7012|
|Nancy Kovacs||High School, Learwood||Nancy Kovacs||(440) 933-6290, Ext. 1179|
|Debbie Wakefield||LEAPS||Debbie Wakefield||(440) 933-8226, Ext. 6008|
|Kim Smola||Redwood, Erieview||Kim Smola||(440) 933-6282, Ext. 4206|
|Jane Baughman||St. Joseph||Jane Baughman||(440) 933-6233|
|Maggie Elamin||(OT)||Maggie Elamin||(440) 933-6290, Ext. 6007|
|Lisa Harasimchuk||(COTA)||Lisa Harasimchuk||(440) 933-6290, Ext. 5015|
|Karen Francy||(PT)||Karen Francy||(440) 933-6290, Ext. 6257|
|Vallerie Purtillo||(VI)||Valleri Purtillo||(440) 933-4829|
|Kimberli A. Maruna||(O&M)||Kimberly Maruna||(440) 933-4829|
|Carol Lepi||(Audiology)||Carol Lepi||(440) 324-3178, Ext.1255|
|Becky Busch||Redwood, Erieview||(440) 933-6210, Ext. 6102/4203|
|Kandice Carson||Troy, St. Joseph||(440) 933-6210, Ext. 7004; (440) 933-6233|
|Corrie Taips||Learwood, Eastview||(440) 933-6210, Ext. 2901/3209|
|Kristen Johnson||Westview, High School||(440) 933-6210, Ext. 5107/1572|
|Yvonne Franke||Troy, St. Joseph, Erieview, Redwood||(440) 933-6210, Ext. 7004; (440) 933-6233/4203/6102|
Commonly Used Terminology
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
The Avon Lake City Schools offer a legally mandated continuum of services for special needs students. Students are serviced within the least restrictive environment in a cross categorical manner. This means that regardless of the student’s disability, students are educated in the environment that is best-suited or adapted to meet the individual’s needs.
Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
An Individualized Education Plan is an educational plan for your child. If your child receives special education services, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that your child have an IEP.
Our Intervention Specialists have specialized training, which is required to assist in meeting the needs of identified students. Our specialists are certified to meet the needs of students with Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Intense needs.
A Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) is an in-depth analysis of a person's psychological and educational functioning. The MFE includes all factors related to learning including intelligence, learning style, specific social or emotional problems and any other factors that can influence one's ability to learn and function in school, college or the workplace. This information is collaboratively recorded into an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) for each student assessed.
Related Service Providers
Related service providers include, but are not limited to, the school psychologist, speech and language pathologist, school nurse, counselor, adaptive physical education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, visual impairment specialist, orientation and mobility specialist, audiologist and work-study coordinator.
The "504" in "504 plan" refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling.
For detailed descriptions, please refer to:
- Ohio Department of Education
- Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities
- A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education
- Child Find
- District Health Services
- Eye Exam
- Medicaid School-Based Services
- Autism Scholarship Program (ASP) and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (JPSN)
- ADA Section 504
- Council for Exceptional Children
- IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- ODE Office for Exceptional Children
- Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities