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Special Programs
Rachel Breslin
219 Central Office
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

ATTN: Office of Special Programs
1025 Erie Blvd. West
Syracuse, NY 13204
     (315) 435-4140


To support increased student achievement by researching, procuring, monitoring, and managing supplemental funds used to develop, enhance, and support research-based programs and services that address a broad range of needs identified at the classroom, school, district, and community level.


To support improved achievement among all students in the District and assist in closing the achievement gaps among our students. The Office of Special Programs seeks to pursue high quality, effective programs for all students and staff.

What We Do 

Our office supports all departments and schools in navigating procedural requirements, while ensuring all special aid and grants received are spent in compliance with regulations. Special Programs researches and identifies potential sources of funding, develops and submits grant proposals, and oversees how these grants are distributed to programs. The department monitors the grant's budget, activities, and expenditures, and oversees the implementation of the programs as a whole.

Department Staff

Rachel Breslin Director of Special Programs 315-435-4140
Stacey Stassi Assistant Director of Special Programs 315-435-4289
Kate Jarrard Coordinator of Special Programs 315-435-4026
Ed Anderson Grants Procurement Specialist 315-435-4849
Kate Bidwell Grants Procurement Specialist 315-435-6322
Mary Fontaine Grants Procurement Specialist 315-435-4295
Tracy Murphy Grants Procurement Specialist 315-435-4642
Matthew Richard Grants Procurement Specialist 315-435-4293
Liza Theiner Grants Procurement Specialist 315-435-4850
Erin Unz Grants Procurement Specialist 315-435-6300
Nancy Volk Extended Learning Time Facilitator 315-435-5062
Brandi Williams NY GEAR UP Facilitator 315-435-6231
Aneisha Pitts Office Assistant II 315-435-4280
Michael Flood Assistant to the Director 315-435-4140
Howard Jackson Program Supervisor 315-435-4274
Katie Lannon Program Supervisor 315-435-4169
Dan Porter Program Supervisor 315-435-6333
Tiona Rockett Program Supervisor 315-435-4509
Katie Rush Program Supervisor 315-435-5846

Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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