To prepare all students for tomorrow's challenges and opportunities


To obtain Special Education records, please contact the secretaries listed below:

Jamie Kunkel
570-839-7121 ext. 10181

Suann Johnson
570-839-7121 ext. 10182

Margaret Davalos
570-839-7121 ext. 10183


The mission of the Pocono Mountain School District is “to
prepare all students for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.” Pocono
Mountain School District is committed to setting high standards for all
exceptional students in the school district receiving special education

What is Special Education?

Special Education refers to “specially designed
instruction (SDI)” to meet the needs of an exceptional student. The term
“exceptional” includes children with a physical, emotional or mental disability.

Special Education supports and services in the Pocono
Mountain School District include a full continuum of services and are in
compliance with federal and state laws. Pocono Mountain School District also
utilizes resources outside the district including the Colonial Intermediate Unit
20, local approved private schools and other state licensed educational

What programs and/or services are available?

Programs are available in the Pocono Mountain School District for students with the following disabilities: Learning Disabled, Autistic, Deafness/Hearing Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Mental Retardation, Multiply Disabled, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impaired, Speech/Language Impaired, Traumatic Brain Injured and Visual Impairment including Blindness. Related services are available to assist a student with a disability including transportation, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Orientation and Mobility and Psychological Services.

A student with a disability who is in need of specially designed instruction (SDI) in the Pocono Mountain School District is supported by a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. All IEP’s are reviewed and/or revised at least once a year. All student programs are reevaluated every three years per state mandates. Those students with Mental Retardation are reevaluated every two years.

Other students with disabilities who do not qualify for supports and services through special education may be provided for as a Protected Handicapped Student under the requirements of section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Chapter 15 of state regulations Title 22. Students with an identifiable disability which limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program can be provided with modifications and adaptations through a Chapter 15 Service Agreement.


What happens if a student is thought to be exceptional?

The law requires a series of procedures to be followed by a school district when assessing potential special education students. Parents have the right to be partners with the school staff in all aspects of that process from the evaluation to the decision over which programs, services and placement procedures are appropriate to meet their child’s needs. The procedure involves a screening process, a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE), Individualized Education Program (IEP), if appropriate, and Notice of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP).

Whom do I contact if I have questions and/or concerns?

Parents/Guardians may also contact the Special Education
Consult Line through the Pennsylvania Department of Education at 1-800-879-2301
(in state) or (717) 657-5842 (out of state) for information regarding Special
Education Regulations.

Further information about Special Education may be
accessed through the Pennsylvania Department of Education web site at

Dr. Marybeth Gustafson
Assistant Superintendent for Special Education
Phone: 570-839-7121 ext. 10181
Lynne Star
Supervisor of Special Education - Elementary Centers
Clear Run Elementary Center, Swiftwater Elementary Center, Tobyhanna Elementary Center
Phone: 570-839-7121 ext. 10183 or 10182
Thomas Barbush 
Supervisor of Special Education
Swiftwater Intermediate School & Clear Run Intermediate School
Phone: 570-839-7121 ext. 10183 or 10182  
Marsha Kloss
Supervisor of Special Education
East High School, East Junior High School & Pocono Mountain Academy (for East students)
Phone: 570-839-7121 ext. 10183
Jonathan Reifer
Supervisor of Special Education
West High School, West Junior High School & Pocono Mountain Academy (for West students)
Phone: 570-839-7121 ext. 10182