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Dudley-Charlton SEPAC Board Positions/Responsibilities

 

CHAIR: Kenny Laferierre

 

  • Set agenda for meetings (General & Board)

    • Publish the agenda prior to the meeting via website

  • Act as a liaison with the Director of Pupil Personnel Services

  • Communicate with SEPAC Executive Board

  • Appoint standing committees and committee chairpersons as needed

 

VICE CHAIR: Jennifer Gadoury

  • Support Chairperson and fill in during Chairperson’s absence

  • NEW – contact new attendees to welcome & follow up with resources, etc. 

  • NEW – monitor website content, compile new information, collect and serve as point person with IT professional

RECORDING SECRETARY: (Vacant)

  • Record and maintain the minutes of general and board meetings

  • Publish minutes to the website once they have been accepted

  • Maintain database of membership

  • NEW – maintain historical records of SEPAC group to include: by laws, mission statement, agendas, minutes, publicity (?), contact list, etc. 

 

PUBLICITY SECRETARY: Jeanne Costello

 

  • Organize & procure all meeting locations

  • Advertise meeting and presentation dates in school and community publications as well as district website

  • In collaboration with PAC Executive board produce publications that promote and support the organization

 

BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE:

 

  • NEW – be the substitute for an absent board member

  • NEW – assist with special projects as requested

  • NEW – act as the committee member or chairperson in one or more of the following areas:

    • Website

    • Special Events

    • School Committee liaison

    • Fundraising

    • Publicity

Special education parent advisory councils (PACs) have tremendous potential to have a positive impact on special education programs in a school district. PACs can provide invaluable activities for parents, and add an important voice to a school district's dialogue and decision-making. (from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education March 2010)

An effective SEPAC takes the teamwork of the IEP process one step further, putting parents in the role of advisors who use their family’s experiences, unique perspectives and expertise to influence decisions and help shape programs and policies at the local level. An effective SEPAC is more than a meeting - it is an approach and a mindset that truly values the advice of parents. When parent advisors are valued and engaged through a local SEPAC, they can work together with school district staff and community leaders to improve education, not only for those with disabilities, but for all children. (from SPAN Parent Advocacy Network)