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Bellmore-Merrick Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is here for students and parents of students in our two district middle schools, three district high schools, Meadowbrook Alternative Program, Prep Academy and in out-of-district placements who have either 504 plans, individualized education plans or other learning needs that do not fit squarely in the mainstream and the teachers, staff and administrators who teach them.



Alyssa Gecsedi
Regina Bongiorno Vice President
Rosemary Pietraniello
Bernadette Murray
Recording Secretary
Jodi Weiss-Balboni
Membership Chair

We can be reached by sending a note to our SEPTA mailbox in any of the six district schools or by emailing us at [email protected]. You can also friend us on facebook at bellmore merrick septa.

Central Office Contacts

Eric Arlin
Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services
Emily Paluseo
Asst Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services



School Contacts

Grand Ave Middle School Maura Kempton
Chairperson, Special Education 992-1127
Merrick Avenue Middle School Marybeth Vetro
Chairperson, Special Education 992-1226
Calhoun High School Theresa Catalina Chairperson, Special Education 992-1327

Mary Jo Kennedy Prep For the Future   992-1300

Cheryl Gitlitz Transition Coordinator 992-1075
Kennedy High School John Jimenez Chairperson, Special Education 992-1462
Mepham High School Maria Sinatora Chairperson, Special Education 992-1575
Meadowbrook Alternative Program (MAP) Susan Ellinghaus Principal 992-1082
 Prep Academy

Eric Arlin

Emily Paluseo

 Prep Academy @ Brookside



   Hailey Ozsvath Prep for the Future @ Prep Academy  
   Cheryl Gitlitz  Transition Coordinator 992-1075

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