What is the Local Special Education Advisory Committee?
The Local Special Education Advisory Committee is appointed by the school board. Moreover, the committee advises the school board through the division superintendent concerning special education services.
Who comprises membership on the committee?
The majority of the committee shall be parents of children with disabilities or individuals with disabilities. The committee shall include one teacher. Additionally, local school division personnel shall serve as consultants to the committee.
What are the functions of the committee?
The committee a) advises the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities; b) participates in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the needs of children with disabilities; c) submits reports/recommendations; d) assists in the local school division in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children; e) reviews policies and procedures for the provision of special education prior to submission to the local school board; and f) participates in the review of the local school division's annual plan.
When are the meetings and who can attend?
The meetings are held at least 4 times a year. The meetings are currently scheduled for: September 19, November 21, February 20, April 17, and May 15 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. The meetings are open to the public.
Additionally, the meetings are held at Salem City School Board, 510 S. College Avenue in Salem.
What are the names of the committee members and how can I express my view to the committee?
Sandra Elliot, Chairperson; Debra Schmidt, Vice Chairperson; Sharon Paisley; Lisa Cain; Rosetta Milligan, Sara Ashwell, Terry Thomas; Gary Gibson; Nancy Bradley; Pat Macdonald; Valerie Hughes; Lindsey Smart, Teacher; and Randy Jennings, Consultant.
You may contact Susan Young, Special Education Secretary, at (540) 389-0130 to leave a message for the committee.
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