Department of Special Education, RtI, and Data

Bryan M. Fairbrother has been Director of Special Education, Response to Intervention (RtI) and Data since July 2018. In that capacity, he oversees special education, Response to Intervention, instructional data, and data security and privacy.  He also serves as the district’s Chairperson for the Committees on Special Education and Preschool Special Education (CSE & CPSE).  Through this position, he provides leadership and oversight of the district’s special education programming, response to intervention services, and all data verification and certification needs.


Before taking on his current role, Bryan served as the Educational Data Leader and an Educational Data Analyst at the Mohawk Regional Information Center (MORIC).  He previously worked as an elementary special education teacher for eight years, five years at Utica City School District and three years at Inlet Common School.  Bryan is certified to teach in New York State and also holds certifications in School District Leadership, Childhood and Early Childhood Education, and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (Birth – Grade 2).  Bryan is also a 2017 recipient of a Mohawk Valley Educator Distinguished Service Award from The Genesis Group.


Bryan earned his bachelor’s degree in childhood education from SUNY Oneonta.  His master’s degree in special education from Touro College.  He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY Cortland in educational administration. 


If you have any special education concerns, questions, or ideas for improving our programming, please feel free to reach out to Bryan at 315-684-3639, send him an e-mail at, or stop by his office at Edward R. Andrews Elementary School. 

Contact Information:
Chairperson: Mr. Bryan Fairbrother
Secretary: Mrs. Cheryl Freeborn

Telephone Number: 684-3639
Fax Number: 684-9192
Address: P.O. Box 990
Morrisville, NY 13408

Parent/Guardian Rights Regarding Referral & Evaluation
of Children for Special Education Services

       If you have a child under 5 and you have noticed that your child is not developing skills such as walking, talking, or playing like other young children, you may want to talk to your family doctor. Your doctor may be able to reassure you that children develop at different rates and your child is within the normal developmental scales. If, however, the doctor is concerned, or you are still not comfortable with your child’s progress, you may make a referral to the district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

       If your school-age child is having difficulties in school, first talk to his or her teacher. Our district offers supports for students within regular education such as psychological services, speech and language improvement services, curriculum and instructional modifications, and Academic Intervention Services. If you, the teacher and principal have not been able to help your child, your child may have a disability which affects his or her learning. To find out, you can make a referral to the Committee on Special Education (CSE).

 More information can be found by visiting the following websites:




Some Other Helpful Links

Preschool Special Education:

Special Education:   

Autism Resources:

Other Resources:
Click here to view the ESSA Placement