Verona’s Director of Special Services, Dr. Frank Mauriello, and Verona C.H.I.L.D., the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), will hold their annual meeting on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the Verona High School auditorium. C.H.I.L.D. has prepared some background for the meeting, which is free and open to the public:
What is a SEPAC and what can I expect from an Open Meeting?
A SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is a “state-mandated, district-level, parent-driven group charged with providing input to the local school district on system-level challenges in special education and related services.”
A SEPAC, through various channels, gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to provide input to their district regarding systemic programs, services, policies and concerns that have an impact on students who receive special services. An Open SEPAC meeting is a forum in which to be able to do this collectively and directly with the Director of Special Services. Please note that any parents with individual student concerns will be directed to schedule a meeting with Dr. Mauriello or the student’s case manager at a later date.
What is Verona C.H.I.L.D.?
C.H.I.L.D. (Children Having Individual Learning Differences) is a non-profit organization of parents and caregivers dedicated to providing support to children who receive special education services from the Verona Public Schools. Our goal is to advocate for our community by providing a solution-oriented forum for families, educators and administrators to effectively communicate and collaborate together to better understand and help bridge the gap between special education and general education. Through fundraising and private donations, we are able to generate contributions earmarked for special education initiatives. We have sponsored presentations, bestowed student gift awards and scholarships, and have donated teaching tools and materials to help enhance programming at all levels. We offer families the opportunity to connect via our Parent to Parent support groups, and we pride ourselves on our efforts to keep a finger on the pulse of an evolving school district climate and culture.
What is the connection between SEPAC and C.H.I.L.D.?
C.H.I.L.D. is the designated SEPAC for our district, and while the functions of the two organizations may differ, our shared board members work seamlessly together across both platforms to further their mutual mission of supporting our community and effecting positive systemic change within the district.
The meeting will be accessible via Zoom for those unable to meet in person. The Zoom link will be shared at a later date.