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The office of Special Services for RSU #71 is housed at the Superintendent's Office at 6A Lions Way, Belfast, ME.  The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

The following personnel can be reached by calling 338-9856.

Director of Special Services Michele Philbrick

Administrative Assistant Robyn Harwood

The Elementary Coordinator, Amanda Little can be reached at 338-3510 ext 345.  She covers the following Elementary Schools:

Ames   Elementary School, grades 2-5   
 165 New England Road  
 Searsmont, ME 04973 
Captain Albert Stevens School, grades K-5
 31 Elementary Ave.
 Belfast, ME 04915 
East Belfast School, grades K-5  
 14 Swan Lake Ave.  
 Belfast, ME 04915   
Gladys Weymouth Elementary School, grades K-1
 2 South Main Street
 Morrill, ME 04952
Kermit Nickerson Elementary School, grades K-5
 18 Town House Road
 Swanville, ME 04915

The Middle School  Coordinator, Dan Parker can be reach at 338-3320 ext 309. 
Troy Howard Middle School, grades 8-8
 173 Lincolnville Ave.
 Belfast, ME 04915 

The High School Coordinator, Rachel Greeley, can be reached at 338-1790 ext 100.

Belfast Area High School
 98 Waldo Ave
 Beflast, ME  04915

   RSU #71



RSU #71 has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child residing in the District who qualifies for Special Education services or any child attending the public schools who may require Section 504 accommodations or services.

Children eligible for special education include those children with disabilities who have autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, visual impairment, or developmental delay and who, because of such an impairment, need special education services.

Children eligible for Section 504 accommodations or services include those children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.

If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education services or 504 accommodations, or if you would like additional information, please contact your child's teacher, or call the Director of Special Special Services, Michele Philbrick at 338-9856.

Special Ed Links

Kids deserve a healthy start:   
The Connecting Kids to Coverage Project helps families with the MaineCare application process - free of chargeThis project is funded by the federal government and includes local partners at non-profit organizations around the state. 
With MaineCare, kids can get well-child visits, dental exams, prescriptions, vaccinations, vision tests, some school-based services, and other medical care. And as you well know, healthy kids do better in school. 

GEAR Parent Network:
These two brochures provide information on the GEAR support network for parents: