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”
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Special Education PTO Meeting
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!)
ALL ARE WELCOME! PLEASE JOIN US.
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.
Got questions? Get answers!
SPED PTO meeting
Monday, November 13
BOE building, 525 Academy, Maplewood
Topic: Overview of SOMSD Special Education Administration
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
V. Budget Preview 8:45
VI. Discussion – Parent Resource Packet 9:00
VI. Adjourn 9:30