Our Mission

Welcome to Pupil Services. Our mission is to support our students and families by providing services and supports in all areas of childhood development. We achieve this together by cultivating opportunities where all students can be successful.

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New Staff: 2021-2022

Matthew Paterson Elementary School


George Fischer Middle School


Carmel High School



Contact Information Telephone: (845) 878-2094, Option #3 Facsimile: (845) 878-2005 81 South Street, P.O. Box 296 Patterson,  NY 12563  

  • Pupil Personnel Services (Special Education, Temporary Housing, English as a New Language, Health Services, Hospital Instruction)  


Elementary/Middle School Programs - Gr. K-6
PACE Program - Gr. K-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Out of District Programs- Gr. K-6

Pre-School Programs 


Middle/High School Programs - Gr. 7-12
PACE Programs - Gr. 9-12
Out-of-District Programs Gr. 7-12

    • Ed LoPresti, CSE Chairperson
    • Toni Ann Kunze, Senior Office Assistant I
      • 845-878-2094, ext. 245
      • tkunze@carmelschools.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               General Office Staff
        • Antoinette Bao Hnatuck, Office Assistant
          • 845-878-2094, ext. 248
          • abao@carmelschools.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


NY allows extra year for students who 'age out' during pandemic. Not all districts agree

“Through no fault of their own, many of these students risk losing the opportunity to earn a high school diploma when they age out of the system at the end of the. . . school year,” state official.

Nancy Cutler, Rockland/Westchester Journal News

Tyler Mason just turned 21. A student in Carmel High School's PACE program for students with cognitive and developmental disabilities, he would be due to graduate in June with his peers — if this had been a normal school year.

But it's not a normal year and Tyler, who is autistic, missed out on key educational experiences and life-skills training while he's been learning remotely since March 2020.

So when Stacy Reed Mason, Tyler's mother, heard from the school district that Tyler could stay another year, thanks to a guidance issued by the New York State Department of Education, she "was so relieved and so happy."

But, Mason quickly added, "It’s not the same for other districts.” 

Jenn Hildreth's son, Tyler, is also autistic and also aging out of the public education system because he turns 21 in June. They live in the Port Jefferson School District and he's attended programs at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES since he was around 6. She was also hoping for another year to prepare her son to transition into the proper setting.

But so far, Hildreth said, her district has not agreed.

Jodi Cahill, director of special education for the Port Jefferson School District, said last week that the district had no comment on the guidance.

The SED guidance, issued April 13, encourages schools to extend education options for certain students who “aged out” of school during the pandemic. Federal and state law provides students who have not received a high school diploma the ability to attend the public schools in their district until age 21.

“Through no fault of their own, many of these students now risk losing the opportunity to earn a high school diploma when they age out of the system at the end of the 2020-2021-school year,” NYSED Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy John L. D’Agati said in a letter to school administrators about the guidance.

Schedule Information for CSE Meetings - Weather Related Plans

In the interest of holding Committee on Special Education meetings in a timely manner, we implement the following procedure in the event of school closings or delays:

  • 3-Hour School Delay or School Closing -- All meetings are cancelled and will be rescheduled.

  • 2-Hour School Delay 
    • Kent Elementary, Kent Primary & Matthew Paterson Elementary Schools
      • Meetings planned between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. will be cancelled and reschedueld
      • Meetings will be held as scheduled from 11:00 a.m. through the end of the school day
    • George Fischer Middle School & Carmel High School 
      • Meetings will be held in the period for which they are scheduled. The time will be adjusted to match the abbreviated schedule of your child's school. Please refer to the bell schedule for your child's school for the specific times. 
      • Please note that the periods are shortened to 30 minutes or less at George Fischer Middle School and Carmel High School on these days.