Special Needs Education

A Message from the Director of Special Education



It is my privilege to be able to serve those of you in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District in this new role. I am excited for the students to return (some as early as next week!) to see many of my "old friends" and to be able to make new ones as we move forward into a new school year.

Parents, it's my desire to be able to know your child well~ to understand what special traits and attributes "make him/her tick"~ then to work alongside you and his/her teachers to provide the supports they need to access a strong education. I want our students who receive services to succeed academically, emotionally, mentally and physically! I hope to see many of you join our SePac (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and share your thoughts on how we can make the Special Education Department even stronger.

If I can be of any assistance to you during the upcoming year, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Lorinda C. Allen

Special Education Information

Special education services are available to students from ages 3 through 21 who have been diagnosed with disabilities and require specialized instruction in order to make effective progress in accessing curriculum. Individualized special education programs (IEPs) are cooperatively developed by the student's individual planning team lead by a TEAM chairperson, which includes parents, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, and/or other specialists. These TEAMs make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to a regular classroom as possible.

Many times the Special Education process can seem confusing to parents with new language, rules, expectations and forms. If, at any time, you have a question or concern regarding your child's progress or IEP do not hesitate to contact the Special Education TEAM Chairperson for your child's school. Their primary role is to assist parents and staff in, and through, the Special Education process. You may also contact the Special Education office at 508-943-6888 or via email at lallen@dcrsd.org.

Helpful Documents & Links

Helpful Documents & Links

Federation of Children with Special Needs

Autism Speaks

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Cerebral palsy group


American society for deaf children

American council of the Blind

Center on the social emotional foundations for early learning

Team Chairperson Contact Information

Mason Road School (Gr. PreK-1)
(PreK) Nancy Manske



(K & 1) RuthAnn Carney



Charlton Elementary School (Gr. PreK-1)

Lorinda Allen (PreK)



Mary Solomita (Gr. K & Gr. 1)



Dudley Elementary School (Gr. 2-4)

RuthAnn Carney



Heritage School (Gr. 2-4)

Mary Solomita



Dudley Middle School (Gr. 5-8)

Nancy Manske



Charlton Middle School (Gr. 5-8)

Joe Rogalski



Shepherd Hill Regional High School (Gr. 9-12) Judi Powell



SpEd Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC)


Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6:30pm-8:30pm

August 21, 2018- DMS
September 18, 2018-CMS
October 16, 2018-DMS
November 20, 2018-CMS
December 18, 2018-DMS
January 15, 2019-CMS
February 19, 2019-DMS
March 19, 2019-CMS
April 16, 2019-DMS
May 21, 2019-CMS
June 18, 2019-DMS



Jillien Anderson jillien.anderson@gmail.com

Laura Alderson- Rotondo


Calendar of Events

Ms. Lorinda Allen,

Director of Special Education

508-943-6888 ext. 273

Mrs. Peggy Furey,

Administrative Secretary
(508) 943-6888 ext. 273