Special Student Services


Special education consists of services and programs designed to meet the educational needs of students who meet state and federal eligibility criteria.  To qualify for special education services, students must demonstrate the presence of a disability and also demonstrate the need for specially designed instruction.
The Trinity Area School District (TASD) believes that the inclusion of students with disabilities into the regular education environment will prepare all students to support each other and work cooperatively in the community. The TASD follows the requirements of IDEA to provide a free and appropriate public education for all students in the least restrictive environment.
Trinity Area School District offers a  continuum of services for all students with disabilities. Supplemental aids and services are available and implemented as agreed to by the IEP team and documented in the student's IEP. The TASD employs highly-qualified Special Service Aides to provide instructional support service to students with special needs and to facilitate integration of these students with their non-disabled peers in the inclusive setting.
Special Education     |     Mentally Gifted     |     Protected Handicapped Students

Special Student Services Staff Directory

Mr. Kenneth Cross - Director of Special Education
ext. 6518

Mr. Cross began his position as the Director of Special Education for the Trinity Area School District in April of 2018.  

Prior to becoming an administrator with the Trinity Area School District, Mr. Cross was a middle school special education teacher in the Burgettstown Area School District while later becoming their Special Education Director. He later became the Director of Student Services in the Beaver Area School District while then serving as the Director of Special Education for the Mt. Lebanon School District. Throughout his career, Mr. Cross also served as an adjunct instructor at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania for 3 years, as he taught an evening undergraduate class within the University’s Special Education Department.

Mr. Cross earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Education degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He also earned his Special Education Supervision Certificate through SRU as well.

Mr. Cross is excited to join the Trinity Area School District’s long tradition of student excellence while helping to develop quality programs and services for students with disabilities.

 Dr. Rosa Tucker -  School Psychologist

  ext. 6525


Mrs. Cindy Kerr - Secretary to the Director of Special Education
 ext. 6520

Mrs. Judy Rudman - Access Coordinator
 ext. 6519

Mrs. Carol Davis - Clerical Aide
ext. 6521