Wilmington Special Education PAC Recaps Its Successful School Year

WILMINGTON, MA — At Wednesday night’s School Committee Meeting, the Wilmington SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) made its annual presentation to the board.

Co-Chair Maryann Donovan and Co-Secretary Jo Newhouse gave a brief update on their committee’s accomplishments during the 2014-2015 school year:

  • organizing 5 well-attended workshops for parents, covering several important topics: basic rights for special education students and parents; transitions; anxiety; and dyslexia.
  • revitalizing the SEPAC parent support group, where a parent can meet other parents and share ideas, challenges and dreams in an informal and friendly atmosphere.  The group meets in the back conference room at Panera Bread (228 Main Street).  The group next meets on Monday, June 1 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, June 10 at 9:30am.
  • conducting a valuable parent survey of Wilmington parents of children on IEPs (Individual Education Plans).
  • attending the Federation for Children with Special Needs Conference
  • maintaining membership in the Mass PAC
  • having representation on the school district’s School Climate & Culture Committee and the Health & Wellness Committee

Newhouse & Donovan thanked School Committee Chair Peggy Kane and Wilmington Special Education Administrator Mary Houde for attending their board meetings.  They also thanked Peggy Fuller, Lynn Neville and Kathy Fuller from Wilmington’s Special Education Office and Nancy Arrington at the Roman House (Central Office).  Superintendent Mary DeLai and Assistant Superintendent Kate Burnham were also recognized for their support.

To learn more about the Wilmington SEPAC and how you may be able to help this growing organization, visit their website or email sepac@wpsk12.com.

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