The next special education community meeting is Tuesday March 24th at 7:30pm at the Administration building, 525 Academy Street in Maplewood. Find the full agenda here sepacMarch2015 and below:
The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee and Special Education PTO meeting will feature Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, with a NJ State Legislature update followed by a Q&A. All are welcome to attend – parents, guardians and all staff.
Assemblywoman Jasey represents the 27th Legislative District, which includes Maplewood and South Orange. She is Vice-Chair of the Housing & Local Government Committee and a Member of the Education Committee. Prior to joining the Assembly, Ms. Jasey served as a Member of the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education for three terms, including two years as President.
I. Welcome 7:30 Jane Bleasdale, SEPAC
II. Announcements & Updates 7:35
o District Administration
o BOE Liaison
o School Liaisons
o Community/Recreation Dept. Events
o Parenting Center
III. Guest Speaker, Mila Jasey 8:00 NJ State Legislature update, followed by Q&A. Assemblywoman Jasey represents the 27th Legislative District, which includes Maplewood and South Orange. She is Vice-Chair of the Housing & Local Government Committee and a Member of the Education Committee. Prior to joining the Assembly, Ms. Jasey served as a Member of the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education for three terms, including two years as President.
IV. Informal Break-out Groups 8:45
o Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
o 3rd Grade – 5th Grade
o Middle School
o High School
o Home Instruction
o Out of District & Home School Placements
V. Adjourn 9:30
Thank you to all who attended our January 30, 2015 meeting. Minutes from the meeting as well as the presentation on Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) by Maureen E. Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP are attached here.
Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder Understanding Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Meeting Minutes January 30, 2015 1.30.15 General Meeting Notes
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Update 12/16/14 Meeting Notes can be found 12.3.14 General Meeting Notes Final
The December 3, 2014 joint meeting of the SEPAC and Special Education PTO covered several important topics: a budget analysis for special education; contacting legislators regarding state funding of special education; state testing that will be conducted in a new format this year.
Find the Budget Analysis presentation in pdf form 2014-12 soma budget analysis – Final
We encourage you to become familiar with the budget/budget process and be aware of the timeline of this work as the Board of Education adheres to a strict deadlines to meet state requirements when “making” the budget.
Part of special education is funded, and in cases, underfunded, by the state government. The SEPAC Executive Committee recently sent the attached letter to our Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and similar letters were also sent to additional legislators. A template letter is attached as well as contact information that can be used to advocate for more appropriate funding decisions 2014-12-03 SEPAC Handout We encourage you to contact legislators regarding this issue.
Many students with classroom supports (IEPs and 504s) have accomodations for state testing. As the testing format has changed to a computer based assessment, the accomodations will be changing as well. The district has provided a FAQ document on the new testing – you can find the information on the district site and B. PARCC FAQ
Wednesday, December 3 is the next joint meeting of the SEPAC and Special Education PTO. The meeting will be held at 525 Academy Street at 7:30pm in the main Board Room.
Board of Education Update:
At the November Board of Education meeting Dr. Barker, Director of Special Education Services, gave a district report Special Education Update. It was also noted in this meeting that Dr. Barker will be retiring at the end of this year.
Find a copy of her presentation HERE
The Village Green online news service reporting on various topics of the meeting, you can read more on Dr. Barker’s presentation from Village Green here:
To watch video recordings of Board of Ed meetings online at any time, courtesy of SOMAtv, find links to the recorded meeting http://somatv.pegcentral.com/
Who can be involved in SEPAC? Special Education Parent Advisory Groups are required for all school districts in New Jersey. The purpose of these groups is to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to their district’s special education programs.
Anyone with student or students with learning needs or anyone with a student or students eligible for or receiving services under an IEP or 504 plan is welcome to attend, as well as district staff and administrators.
Please share this information and meeting reminder. Send questions at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find the Special Education PTO here http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/Page/215
Minutes from the September 30, 2014 Special Education Community meeting can be found here:
Minutes to Special Ed Community Meeting