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SPED PTO Meeting 3/27-7:30pm

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Tuesday March 27 7:30pm-9pm

ATTENTION, parents of children in Out of District placements and anyone else with an interest in the subject.

Is SPED PTO’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 27th, 7:30-9 pm, at the BOE building, 525 Academy, Maplewood, on your calendar?  IT SHOULD BE!  The featured topic is:

  • SPECIAL EDUCATION: The Out of District Experience

The targeted audience is YOU!  Hear from SPED PTO executive board members and the SEPAC/SPED PTO out of district liaison about their personal parental experiences.  Share your own with others who can relate and have similar questions and concerns.

Transportation will be among the topics covered, with Paul Roth, SOMSD Business Administrator, addressing the subject.  Outstanding opportunity to network with local parents. (New people are showing up at every SPED PTO/SEPAC meeting!)


We all know people who would benefit from this discussion so please forward this information and invite them to attend or just bring them along.  Meeting will include an update by SEPAC on their recent advocacy efforts on behalf of the Special Education community.

SPED PTO Meeting 11/13 – 7:30pm

Got questions?     Get answers!
SPED PTO meeting
Monday, November 13
7:30-9 pm
BOE building, 525 Academy, Maplewood
Topic: Overview of SOMSD Special Education Administration
featuring :

Dr. Lauren Reisenauer, Executive Director of Special Services and Youth Development,
Elizabeth Baker, President of the Board of Education, and
Maureen Jones, BOE trustee and liaison to the Special Education community

Plus SEPAC briefing and time to seek support, share resources and connect with other members of the special education community. All welcome. Please join us.

Have a question, comment or concern and cannot attend Monday night, please submit your questions HERE

March 8th meeting Cancelled

The SEPAC Executive Board has decided to cancel our next meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 8th.  Please feel free to contact any member of the board with questions or concerns.  Thank you.

-SEPAC Executive Board


SEPAC Meeting: Behavioral Supports

Please join us for the next SEPAC meeting Wednesday February 1st, 7:30pm in the Black Box Theatre (basement level) @ CHS.  Our discussion will focus on Behavioral Supports with guest speaker Penny Petchers, SOMSD Behavior Management Consultant.

Additionally, we will introduce David Lieberman, Interim Director of Special Services.  Please see attached agenda for meeting details.


Meeting Agenda

Easing Transitions

Please join us Monday January 9, 2017 in the CHS Library.  Our meeting will focus on “Easing Transitions”.  Special Education teachers will be in attendance to inform us about available programs and answer some of your questions.  Please see the attached agenda for a list of speakers.

Meeting Agenda


Wed, 11/16 SEPAC Exe board to meet with potential subcomittees

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DATE: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TIME: 7:30 pm

PLACE: Columbia High School Library

The SEPAC general meeting scheduled for Wednesday 11/16 has been cancelled. Instead, the SEPAC Executive Board will meet along with potential subcommittee members to plan programming for the 2016-17 school year. 

Please attend this meeting if you are a liaison or if interested in joining any of the following subcommittees:

Vocational-Tech/High School Transitions – chaired by Chris Shamberg 

State and Federal Special Education Policy – chaired by Mike Thompson

Membership – consisting of school liaisons and other interested SEPAC members – chair to be determined 

SOMSD Budget – chaired by Mike Donoghue 

Any member interested in joining a SEPAC subcommittee is welcome to attend this meeting. Other suggestions for subcommittees are welcome as well. 

10/05/2016 Meeting Notes


SEPAC Meeting Agenda

South Orange / Maplewood Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

Wednesday October 5, 2016 – 7:30-9:00pm

Columbia High School Library

17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood (2nd Floor)


I. Welcome – 7:30

Jenny Lindstrom, SEPAC President

II. Membership Vote for 2016-17 Executive Board – 7:40

Jenny Lindstrom, SEPAC President

  • President- Erin Siders

  • Vice President – Reesa Salomon

  • Secretary – Nedra Cabbagestalk

  • Communications & Outreach – Bernie Hackler

  • Policy Officer – Michael D. Thompson

  • Ex-Officio – Jenny Lindstrom

III. Special Services Department Update – 7:50

Ella Rideau, Director of Special Services

Crystal Riddick, Assistant Director of Special Services

  • Personnel Changes
  • CAP (Columbia Academy Program) for students with anxiety
  • First 30 days for Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
  • Completed and Future training for paraprofessionals

IV. SEPAC Updates & Announcements – 8:10

SEPAC Board Representatives

  • 2016 Board of Education Election Candidate Outreach –Mike Donoghue

  • New District Section 504 policy – Michael Thompson

  • SEPAC recommendations for the 2017-2018 district budget – SEPAC board

  • October 20, 7:00-8:30 CHS Cafeteria

    SOMSD Student Support Services Back to School night – Reesa Salomon

    V. Adjourn – 8:45

Printable agenda here

5-9-16 SEPAC Meeting 

Come and hear Dr. Ramos share his vision and goals for Special Education, and participate in a Q&A regarding special education policy in our district.

Note: this meeting will be held at the new Montrose Early Childhood Center at 356 Clark St., South Orange and a special tour will be offered at 7pm before the meeting starts.  See the agenda for details.

Also at the meeting, the Executive Board will be asking for a membership vote on by-law amendments that were introduced at the March 15, 2016 SEPAC meeting.  See the by-laws here, with the proposed amendments highlighted in yellow. A simple majority vote by members present at the meeting is required to approve the amendments”

SEPAC Meeting 1-28-16

Meeting Announcement

South Orange/Maplewood Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

 Thursday January 28, 2016      7:30- 9:30pm

District Meeting Room, 525 Academy St. Maplewood


 I.      Welcome/SEPAC Business          7:30                               Jenny Lindstrom, SEPAC President

II. Strategic Direction Committee Perspectives      7:45

    Ann Marie Maini, BOE Member, Dir. S.O. Country Day             School

    David Giles, Parent, Special Ed Attorney

    Marisa Stoessel, Teacher, Jefferson Elementary

III. Special Services Updates and 2016-17 Plans  8:15               Ella Riddeau, Director, Special Services

IV.  Board of Education Liaison Update            8:30    

      Maureen Jones

V.   Budget Preview                                         8:45                         

      Mike Donoghue

 VI.  Discussion – Parent Resource Packet             9:00

 VI.   Adjourn                                                       9:30