Is Fisher Hill Elementary School meeting IEP requirements?

  • Orange resident Lorena Rosenbaum insists Fisher Hill Elementary School, pictured, is not complying with her 7-year-old son’s individualized education program (IEP), though Superintendent Elizabeth Teahan-Zielinski said this is untrue. Staff File Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 6/1/2021 2:53:28 PM

ORANGE — The mother of a 7-year-old insists Fisher Hill Elementary School is not complying with her son’s individualized education program (IEP), though Superintendent Elizabeth Teahan-Zielinski said this is untrue.

Lorena Rosenbaum moved with her family from Burlington to Orange in March and said the problem started immediately. She explained her son, Joel, suffered a stroke within his first three days of life and sustained long-term effects to his balance and coordination. Rosenbaum said her son’s IEP requires special education in math, reading and writing, as well as physical therapy and occupational therapy. She said school officials “consistently have an excuse” for not abiding by the IEP.

But Teahan-Zielinski said Fisher Hill has complied with all state mandates.

“All children in Orange Elementary Schools are receiving appropriate services as written in their IEP,” she said.

The superintendent said physical and occupational therapies are provided by a consultant. She said even if there was merit to Rosenbaum’s claims, there is a proper process to remedying such a problem.

Rosenbaum said her family has been asked to move Joel into a school — public, private or charter — that can better provide the services he needs.

She said her family moved to Orange to get out of the suburbs and enjoy some country living, but that “it definitely has been a mistake.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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