Special Services

Special Services Resource and Support Center (SSRSC)

 1419 Grace St. 
Mansfield, OH
Student Services Director
Dr. Patricia Tresey | [email protected] | Ext. 5301
Special Services Director K-4/ PK Director
Mrs. Ally Schleichert |[email protected]
Located at Madison South  419-522-4319  Ext. 4113 

Preschool Assistant
Mrs. Susan Brafford | [email protected] | Ext. 4115

Special Services Secretary
Mrs. Lisa Jackson | [email protected] | Ext. 5302
School Psychologists
Mr. Nathan Whitman | [email protected] | Ext. 5305

Ms. Jessica Lebold | [email protected] 
School Psychologist Assistant
Mrs. Christen Hutchison |[email protected] | Ext. 5304  

Current Events

Congratulations Katie Wade and Jennifer Branstetter for winning the State Support Team 7 Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educators Team Award. This exemplary team delivers instruction to 10th grade High School students in the ELA inclusion classes.

Greetings from the Director

 Welcome to the the Special Services Resource and Support Center Website!
We are located in the Madison Middle School back offices, formally known as the middle school 5/6 administrative offices. The Madison Local School Special Services vision is to provide a continuum of services for special needs students and families along with information on outside community health providers that may be needed. The Special Services Resource and Support Center (SSRSC) is still in the developmental stages, even in the midst of COVID 19, we strive to provide more comprehensive services for our students with special needs and their families. Please feel free to contact us anytime. Your feedback is essential and I look forward to communicating with you. 
Dr. Patricia Tresey 
 "meeting students where they are through specially designed instruction"


Child Find

The Madison Local School District is committed to the location, identification and provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for all children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 22. Referrals can be initiated by anyone with knowledge of the child who suspects a disability. Please contact Dr. Patricia Tresey, Director of Special Services, at 419-589-9549, with any questions, concerns, or names for Child Find referral within the Madison Local School District.

Students with Disabilities Served

  • Preschool Age Children (ages 3-5)
  • School Age (ages 6-22), with identified disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness (Hearing Impairment)
  • Visual Impairment
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance (SBH)
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment

Continuum of Special Education Services

The Madison Local School District works to meet the individual needs of children with disabilities by offering the full continuum of options allowed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (I.D.E.I.A.) and the Ohio Department of Education. Ohio is required to establish procedures to assure “to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled.” The Madison Local School District has the entire continuum of environments in the Junior High and High School, but some of our elementary programs are only currently available in specific buildings.
The needs of identified students within the school system are met in the least restrictive environment through the Individualized Education Plan. Each building has an Intervention Assistance Team that meets regularly to discuss the progress of students.
  • Inclusion/Collaboration/Consultative Services-Regular Education Classes
  • Inclusion (or Co Teaching) services focus on special educators and general educators working together to best meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as children who may be “at risk”.
  • Tutoring Services/Small Group-Regular Education Classes - This service provides students with disabilities with support that helps to increase their opportunity to benefit from regular class placement. This is supplemental instruction which focuses on assisting students in becoming independent in the “process” of learning through the use of compensatory strategies, intervention support, and study/organizational techniques.
  • Resource Room - The Resource Room serves children whose disabilities require a special education program. It offers a modified curriculum that provides a student with a disability with personalized option not offered in the general education program.
  • Home Instruction - Our office can make this program available for any district students who are unable to attend a regular or special program due to medical issues.

Related Services

Related Services are services needed by a child with a disability in order to benefit from Special Education, including:
  • Aide Services
  • Audiology Services
  • Interpreting Services (through Co-op with Mansfield City)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Vision/Orientation & Mobility
  • Physical Therapy
  • Educational Psychological Services
  • Speech/Language Pathology Services
  • Parent Counseling (through outside agencies)
  • Counseling
  • Special Transportation
  • Student Mental Health Services (through outside agencies)
  • Behavioral Services  


Resources for Parents

Special Services Staff

  • Dr. Patricia Tresey, Student Services Director
  • Ally Schleichert, Special Services Director K-4/Preschool Director
  • Susan Brafford, Preschool Assistant
  • Nathan Whitman, School Psychologist
  • Jessica LeBold, School Psychologist
  • Christen Hutchison, Assistant to the School Psychologist
  • Lisa Jackson, Special Services Secretary
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