• Welcome to Student Services

    The Manchester-Essex Regional School District is dedicated to meeting the needs of all learners through high quality student services programming for students in grades PK-12.  These supportive services and accommodations are designed to provide access to educational programming for children with disabilities in compliance with federal and state regulations. In collaboration with principals, the special education coordinator and chairpersons, guidance counselors, and Section 504 coordinators, the Director of Student Services oversees the following programs:

    Special Education

    Section 504

    Health Services



    English Language Learners

    Home/Hospital Tutoring


    Coordinated Program Review

    During the week of January 21, 2018, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Manchester-Essex Regional School District. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

    In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations. 

    Parents and other individuals may call Joan Brinkerhoff, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3715 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

    Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at

    Click here for more information about the Coordinated Program Review


  • Student Services District Office
    Manchester-Essex Regional School District
    36 Lincoln Street, Manchester, MA 10944

    Dr. Allison Collins, Director of Student Services
    Rosie Read, Administrative Assistant
    Shelley Mullarkey, Administrative Assistant

    Special Education Contacts:

    Essex Elementary
    Helen Bryant, Special Education Chairperson
    Dr. Debi Welling, School Psychologist

    Manchester Memorial Elementary
    Helen Bryant, Special Education Chairperson
    Dr. Kathleen Pennoyer, School Psychologist

    Middle/High School
    Jean Tarricone, Special Education Coordinator

    Kate McGravey, School Psychologist

    Districtwide Programs

    English Language Learner Program Contact:
    Leslie Beaulieu, ELL Coordinator and Teacher 

    More information on district staff roles and parent resources is provided via the link below.

    Special Education Resources for Parents