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What Happens After High School?

Please join the South Orange / Maplewood Special Education Parent Community and SOMSD Department of Special Services Thursday April 26th – 6:30pm-9:00pm in the CHS Library for a workshop on transitioning to college and alternative post-secondary programs.  Please see the attached workshop outline for more information.

Workshop Outline

SEPAC Executive Board 2017-2018 Slate of Candidates

South Orange Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is pleased to announce the following slate of Executive Board candidates.

  • Erin Siders – President
  • Reesa Salomon – Vice President
  • Nedra Cabbagestalk – Secretary
  • Bernie Hackler – Communications & Outreach
  • Michael D. Thompson – Policy Officer
  • Jenny Lindstrom – ExOfficio

Voting will take place during the first SEPAC meeting, Tuesday September 26th.


Letter to BOE re:504 Policy

The SEPAC executive board  sent a letter to the current board of education members regarding the district 504 policy.  The letter is posted here for your review along with a link to an overview document and a link to the 504 policy page on the district website. Please contact any member of the SEPAC executive board with questions.  Thank you!!

SEPAC Letter to BOE 8-10-2017

Overview of SOMSD 504 Policy

SOMSD 504 Policy


SPAN Webinar

START Inclusion Webinar

 Promoting Inclusive Practices Utilizing New Jersey’s Tiered System of Supports

Join SPAN for a lunchtime Inclusion Webinar for parents, caregivers and professionals that will focus on using New Jersey’s Tiered System of Support (NJTSS) to guide meaningful and successful Inclusion. NJTSS is an evidence-based framework for implementing academic and behavioral supports and interventions to improve achievement for ALL students.

Meeting Date Change

The SEPAC January meeting date has changed.  Our meeting will be held in the CHS Library, Monday January 9th @ 7:30pm.  Details and meeting agenda to follow shortly.

Nov 3 Special Services focus group

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-9-16-45-amSOMSD Special Services Focus Group:

Thursday November 3, 6:30-8:00 pm
Columbia High School Chorus Room

17 Parker Ave, Maplewood

The South Orange Maplewood SEPAC encourages its members to attend Thursday’s focus group with the professional firm hired to lead the search for SOMSD’s next Special Services Director.  Strong and independent leadership will be critical as the Special Services Department faces the programming, administrative, legal and financial challenges ahead.


Given the importance and history of the Special Services Department, and the questions that were raised in previous hiring processes, SEPAC fully supports the Board of Education decision to use an independent firm capable of conducting a transparent and wide search.  We will need the absolute best person we can find to fill this role, and the small cost of a professional search pales in comparison to the costs of a special services department that is not well run. 


Please join us Thursday November 3rd  in providing perspectives from the parent community that will help identify successful candidates for this important role at this critical time for our District – and our students.

-South Orange, Maplewood SEPAC Executive Board Members

2016 BOE Candidate Statements

2016 Board of Education Candidate Statements on Special Education

Please remember to Vote Tuesday, November 8th.


The SEPAC Executive Board


SOMSD Budget Letter / SEPAC

SEPAC Budget Letter 2016

First SEPAC Meeting

Please join us October 5th @7:30 in the CHS Library for our first SEPAC meeting of the 2016-17 school year.  Agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting.

Special Needs Pool Party

sped pool party 2016