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Department of Special Education



ICSD Department of Special Education

Jennifer Gondek, Director of Special Education
(607) 274-2264
Kearra Blake, Administrative Assistant
Frontline IEP Direct and Purchasing
(607) 274-2131
TC Pelletier, Administrative Assistant
Medicaid Billing, Related Service Logs, Scripts
(607) 274-2264
District Committee on Special Education

The District Committee on Special Education handles all district students, as well as students from private, non-district schools.
Jennifer Gondek, Director of Special Education
(607) 274-2264

Brittany Coleman, Senior Typist
(607) 274-2372
Other District Contacts

Mary Grover, Inclusion Officer
(607) 342-8748
Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)

Deborah Jordan, Educator for Inclusion (CPSE)
(607) 277-3060 / (607) 274-2208

ICSD Early Childhood Programs

When inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become ‘normal’ in order to contribute to the world…We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging. - Norman Kunc

Our vision is to create and sustain an inclusive educational community where each child is empowered to learn, achieve and realize his or her potential. We embrace and respect the diversity of all students, have high expectations of all students, maximize opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of the school and greater community, and strive to maintain a safe learning environment.


Updates and Announcements

Section 504 Regulations Update - March 2023

The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) recently updated its Section 504 procedural manual to strengthen the language regarding the ICSD’s prohibition of retaliation. The manual was also revised to include updated contact information for the ICSD’s Section 504 Coordinator, Jennifer Gondek, and for the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

View the revised manual here.

If you have any questions regarding the changes, please contact Jennifer Gondek at