Our Mission

Team Work imageWelcome 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.

New Staff: 2022-2023

Matthew Paterson Elementary School

  • Meghan Gould- Special Education Teacher
  • Doris Garcia- Nurse

George Fischer Middle School

  • Kim Capizzi- Special Education Teacher

Carmel High School

  • Michelle Williamson- Special Education Teacher

Kent Primary School

  • Dori Venezia- Nurse


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


  • Mary Foster, Ed.D., Interim Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, 845 878-2094, ext. 246, mfoster@carmelschools.org

Gr. Pre- K-5 including Out of District K-5, PACE K-8, & Parentally Placed K-12

Gr. 6-12 including Out of District 6-12, & PACE 9-12

           Ed LoPresti, CSE Chairperson, 845 878-2094, ext. 249, eloprest@carmelschools.org

Office Staff

Secretary to Joseph Simoni

Pre-School Programs

Elementary Programs - Gr. K-4 including Out of District K-4, PACE K-8, & Parentally Placed K-12

Middle School Programs - Gr. 5-8, PACE Programs - Gr. 5-8

 High School Programs Gr. 9-12, Out of District Programs K-12

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.