Meeting Notes 1-9-2014

SEPAC MEETING for South Orange Maplewood School District
Thursday January 9, 2014 7:00-9:00pm
District Meeting Room 525 Academy Street
Maplewood NJ 07040

Prior to the official start of the meeting, from 7-7:30, new parents introduced themselves, networked with other parents, and sought peer suggestions about how to proceed with advocating on behalf of their individual children.

At 7:30, SEPAC President Jane Bleasdale opened the meeting, introduced members of the District staff and Board of Education (BOE) who were in attendance, and introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Lydia E. Furnari, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction, who presented an abbreviated version of a presentation she gave to the BOE in October regarding Common Core Curriculum Standards (CCCS) and the process and impact of their adoption by the South Orange /Maplewood School District.  (The full slide presentation is appended below.)

After her talk, Dr. Furnari fielded questions from parents about how CCCS affects the way teachers differentiate instruction and provide supports for students with varying special needs.

The meeting concluded with a brief review by SEPAC Board members of 2013-14 priorities, especially strengthening communications between District faculty and staff and parents, and progress to date.  For instance, one outcome of a recent meeting with the Director of Special Services was the scheduling of an Inclusion Committee meeting (including parent representatives) to hear the District Management Council’s recommendations.  This meeting was set for January 21st but was canceled due to weather.  It is now on the calendar for March 3.

Meeting Announcement – New Date



NEW DATE Wednesday March 5th

Tuesday March 4th  7:30 – 9:00pm
District Meeting Room
525 Academy St. Maplewood
Please join us for a special town hall meeting of the South Orange/Maplewood SEPAC

 Come and meet your school liaison parent.

Share your experiences this year.  Let us know what is going well and what your concerns are.  Please remember that we are parent volunteers; we cannot answer for the District.  Rather, we will do our best to advocate with you on behalf of all students with special educational needs.

Who should attend?  Families of students…

  • in all grades, in all schools and in out-of-district placements;
  • who have Individualized Education Plans;
  • who have 504 plans; and/or
  • who are at any stage of the referral and intervention process.

Save the date: May 5th for our next meeting:    Parent Advocacy Workshop