Wilmington Special Education PAC To Meet On November 5 — Currently Has Zero Parent Volunteers & Is At Risk Of Disbanding For School Year

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is looking for parent volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors.

The SEPAC is holding its first meeting of the school year this Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, via Zoom. (Zoom info on the flyer below.) All parents and guardians of special education students are strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting will cover the purpose of the SEPAC, the volunteer opportunities available, and what happens if the district doesn’t have a SEPAC.

“The SEPAC is in dire need of volunteers,” School Committee member Jo Newhouse told her colleagues at a recent meeting. “As of right now, there are no parent volunteers for the SEPAC.”

The SEPAC is a subcommittee to the School Committee, advising it on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities. In addition, the SEPAC meets regularly with school officials to participate in planning, development and evaluation of the district’s special education programs.

“It’s really a great opportunity for parents to be able to help the advise the School Committee and give their input on special education needs in the district,” added Newhouse, who is the Committee’s liaison of the SEPAC and its former Chairwoman.

If the district is unable to find a sufficient amount of parents to volunteer on the SEPAC — even three to five may be enough — it will need to seek a waiver from the state, asking for permission to not run a SEPAC for the school year. Newhouse fears special education parents will have less of a voice in their children’s education if the SEPAC temporarily folds.

If you have any questions about the SEPAC, contact Newhouse at jo.newhouse@wpsk12.com. 

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