Department Overview

  • Paraprofessional in a classroom

    The Reading School District is committed to helping students with special needs achieve their educational potential. The district strives to build special programs specifically tailored to the assessed needs of a student and attempts to deliver those programs in the regular education environment as much as possible. Students will learn the general education curriculum with appropriate adaptations, modifications, supports and services in a nurturing, safe and accepting school community that recognizes and celebrates a broad range of talents, abilities and achievements.

    Goals for the department include:

    • To provide appropriate services to meet the individual learning needs, academically, socially and emotionally, of students.

    • To create programs that are integrally involved with and delivered through general education programs.

    • To comply with state and federal laws governing special education programming.

    • To plan and facilitate the professional development for district staff on compliance, state initiatives and instructional practices.

    • To provide resources and support to parents.

Special Education Services

  • If a student of the Reading School District is found to be eligible for special education services, a Team (which includes, at minimum, the student's parents, a special education teacher, an administrator, and, in most cases, a regular education teacher must meet to develop the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) within 30 calendar days. The IEP is the written document that is the “contract” between the parents and the school. It lists the student’s goals and the services the school will provide to the student to help meet those goals.

Related Services

  • Related services are provided for students to participate in and obtain the benefits of their school program to the maximum extent appropriate to their abilities. These services are deemed necessary for students to benefit from their individualized programming. These specific services are determined on an individual basis and are delineated in each student’s IEP as appropriate. The following are some related services that students may receive as part of their educational programming:

    • Speech/language therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Physical therapy
    • Assistive technology
    • Vision or hearing consultation
    • Transportation

Out of District

  • The IEP team determines the need for out of district services. Students whose parents reside in the district and whose children are registered in the district may require special education services to be provided outside of the district. Only those students who qualify, and whose needs cannot be met within the range of programs in the district are eligible for district-supported schooling outside the district.

Primary or Home Language is Other Than English

  • The Reading School District utilizes a comprehensive approach in determining the instructional needs of English Language Learners and possible eligibility for special education. The district provides for translation of all documents and interpreter services, in order to assure parent participation in, and understanding of the IEP process. All state and federal special education regulations are in place.


  • Siobhan Leavy
    Director of Special Education



  • Stacy Barton
    Program Coordinator

    Jeff Ennis
    Program Coordinator

    Danielle Horvat 
    Program Coordinator

    Christine Murrin
    Program Coordinator

    Jean Solecki
    Program Coordinator

    Ryan Contento
    Program Coordinator

    Erik Baker
    Program Coordinator



Continuum of Services

  • Autistic Support
    Programs at the itinerant, Supplemental and Full-time levels at various sites throughout the district.

    Emotional Support
    Programs at the itinerant, Supplemental and Full-time levels at various sites throughout the district.

    Learning Support
    Classes are available at all schools at the Itinerant, Supplemental and Full-time levels.

    Life Skills Support
    Programs at the itinerant, Supplemental and Full-time levels at various sites throughout the district.

    Speech-Language Support
    Services are available at all schools at the Itinerant level. Articulation, receptive language and expressive language deficits are addressed.

    Vision and Hearing Support
    Programs at two sites within the district