Student Services Center


The Medford Lakes School District provides the services of its Child Study Team to evaluate and design appropriate programs for students who are experiencing learning, health and/or behavioral difficulties. The Child Study Team consists of a school psychologist, a learning disabilities teacher-consultant, a school social worker, and in some cases a speech & language specialist. The Child Study Team also provides preventative and support services to non-disabled students. Team members act as consultants to the general education staff regarding techniques, materials, and programs for students experiencing difficulties in learning.

A Child Study Team member is designated and serves as the case manager for each student with a disability. The case manager is knowledgeable regarding the student’s educational needs and program. He/She coordinates the development, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Individualized Education Program. The case manager helps facilitate communication between home and school and coordinates the annual review and reevaluation process.

 What is the Referral Process?

Students who are having difficulty in school may first be referred to the school-based Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Team to find solutions to those difficulties. If the school-based, general education efforts do not resolve the difficulty, the I&RS Team may make a referral to the Child Study Team. The parent/guardian may also make a signed written request for an evaluation. Such a request shall be considered a referral and should be sent to the Supervisor of Special Services.

 Each step of the way, parents are a part of the process. When a referral is made, a meeting is arranged to review all available information with the parents/guardians, the Child Study Team, the child’s teacher, and others who might have knowledge of the child and his or her difficulty in school. A decision is then made whether or not the child potentially has an educational disability. If there is agreement, the nature and scope of the evaluation is discussed. Written parent consent is required for the Child Study Team to complete a multidisciplinary evaluation in order to determine eligibility for special education and related services. 

 A Child Study Team evaluation typically consists of a social history reported by the parent/guardian to the school social worker, an evaluation of the child’s potential for learning and their learning characteristics by the school psychologist, an assessment of the student’s academic achievement by the learning disabilities teacher – consultant, and if needed, an assessment of a student’s expressive and receptive language skills by the speech and language specialist. Other specialists, such as physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and school nurses may be called upon to provide input. A written report is prepared and sent to the parents in advance of an Eligibility meeting, which is held to discuss all of the evaluations and to receive the recommendations of the Child Study Team. If a student is determined to be eligible for special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed.

 If you have concerns about your child’s performance and progress, you are encouraged to first contact your student’s teacher(s). To contact the Child Study Team, call our office at (609) 654-5155 x 101.

Child Study Team: Staff Members

                Child Study Team           


Director of Special Education

School Psychologist / Coordinator for Basic Skills, Child Study Team & Related Services, Intervention & Referral Services, School Counseling Services, Nursing Services, Paraprofessionals, and State-wide Testing

Dr. Michael J. Lee

609-654-5155 x101


Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDTC)

Mrs. Jennifer Summerville

609-654-5155 x270


School Social Worker

Ms Victoria Ley

609-654-5155 x152


Speech & Language Pathologist

Mrs. Tara Mahon

609-654-0991 x511


Administrative Assistant CST

Ms Sheree Walsh

609-654-5155 x101


LAKERS' Special Education Parent Advisory Committee


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"Together through the efforts of our parents and administration, the SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LAKERS' SEPAC) will create a bridge of understanding and communication to continue to improve all educational programs for our children."

 Special education parent advisory groups are designed to provide families with meaningful support, education, and information and to provide input to the District on issues concerning students with disabilities. Meetings are held on the THIRD Thursday of the month, in the Neeta School Library, with a 6:30pm start time. Child Care Services are provided.



Handouts & Resources

July 19, 2018

3:30 p.m.

Introduction of LAKERS' SEPAC Executive Council


August 23, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Preparation for the New School Year, Status of Special Education Department


September 20, 2018

3:30 p.m.

 Back-to-School Night, Table at Fall Festival, and Future Awareness/Special Events


October 18, 2018

6:30 p.m.

 Bylaws, Goals & Activities, Fundraisers, and Sensitivity Training


November 15, 2018

3:30 p.m.



December 20, 2018

6:30 p.m.


January 17, 2019

6:30 p.m.


February 21, 2019

6:30 p.m.



March 20, 2019

3:30 p.m.


April 18, 2019

6:30 p.m.


May 16, 2019

6:30 p.m.



June 20, 2019

6:30 p.m.











President Melissa Warren

Vice President Rachael Urban

Secretary Courtney Haney

Treasurer Shaindy Black


Dr. Michael J. Lee, Director of Special Education

609-654-5155 x101