Department of Student Services


The Department of Special Services’ mission is to identify students who meet the federal and state guidelines as a student with a disability. Upon identification, the district will provide appropriate services to teach the students to become active members of the community based on their individual abilities and strengths. We are focused and committed to providing a program to meet the diverse academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. This mission is not possible without the collaboration of parents, students, administrators, child study team members, and special educators. 

The special education program is based on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and State regulations.  IDEA governs how special education and related services are to be provided to children with disabilities from the age of 3 through 18 or 21. It also provides that children with disabilities must be provided with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that prepares students for further education, employment, and/or independent living. Through collaboration between parents and the professional staff, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for a student taking into account the child’s unique needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). This is accomplished through a continuum of services which promotes access to and participation in general education.  

Livingston Public Schools offers a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of our students. They include: 

• Inclusive pre-school
• Self-contained pre-school
• ABA programs for pre-school and early elementary grades
• Self-contained classes
• Resource Room classes
• In-class Support classes
• General education classes with Supplementary Aides and Support
• General education classes 

To access the New Jersey Department of Education’s, Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE), go to or contact the Office of Student Services at 973.535.8000 x8032.

Barbara Linkenheimer
Interim Assistant Superintendent of Student Services  
Todd Mitchell
K-12 Supervisor Special Education
(Harrison, Hillside, Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Middle School, Heritage)
Terry Santora
K-12 Interim Supervisor Special Education
(Burnet Hill, Collins, Riker Hill, Livingston High School)
Dr. Rob Klein
Special Projects – Alternative Programs and Services (9-12 Supervisor)