The SEPAC worked all year to get information from district officials so we could put together the Special Education Resource Packet. This document is a comprehensive guide to the special education process, containing district contacts, information on SEPAC and the Special Education PTO, the difference between an IEP and a 504 plan, as well as other special education resources.
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SOMSD Special Services Focus Group:
Thursday November 3, 6:30-8:00 pm
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
Please remember to Vote Tuesday, November 8th.
The SEPAC Executive Board
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.
I. Welcome Jenny Lindstrom 7:30
II. Introduction to the College Process
for SEPAC Families 7:45
Mary Durante, College Counselor, High School Administrator
Elizabeth Benedict, Learning Specialist
Joe Giglio, Director of College Counseling, former College
III. Special Services Updates 8:45
Ella Rideau, Director, Special Services
IV. 2016-17 District Budget Mike Donoghue 9:00
V. SEPAC Updates & Announcements 9:15
Section 504 Administration
Updated Special Ed Guide and Resource Packet
Call for nominations: 2016-17 SEPAC Executive Committee
VI. Adjourn 9:30
This will be an evening of questions and answers about how the building will be utilized starting September 2015 and an opportunity to get firsthand information about its exciting programming.
*Bring your own lawn chair, and the group will assemble on the front lawn of Montrose School, 358 Clark Street, South Orange.
All are welcome. For questions about the event, please call Ms. Joyce at 973-378-7600, ext. 3040.