Tuesday, January 10, 2012
HINGHAM SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (SEPAC)
Hingham Public Schools
Hingham Public Library, Fearing Room, 66 Leavitt St., Hingham, MA 02043
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Informal social – opportunity for attendees to meet and converse
10:30 a.m. – noon – Formal Board Meeting to discuss SEPAC business
(Audience comments are always welcome as agenda items are discussed. Attendees are encouraged to attend the 30-minute social prior to the start of the board meeting to address matters not related to the agenda.)
Introduction and Rules
Acceptance of Minutes: December 13, 2011
· e-mail from parent requesting information
· Update on SEPAC 2011-2012 calendar
· Update on fundraising (Antique Show, Can Drive)
· Update on Fun Run for April 2012
· SEPAC banner update
· Board member responsibilities
· Vacant Co-chair position
· A.P.P.L.E. Institute (Advancing Parent Professional Leadership in Education) – May 16 – 18, 2012
· Review of format for meeting agenda
· Update on budget presentation by Dr. Galo at December 19 School Committee Meeting
HPS Director of Student Services Report:
Announcements & Adjournment:
· Upcoming SEPAC events:
- January 17, 2012, “Red Flags for Struggling Readers”, Hingham Public Library, 7:00 p.m.
- February 8, 2012, “What is Social Thinking?”, Hingham Public Library 6:30 p.m.
The provision of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) according to federal and state laws and regulations related to the education of children with disabilities includes the following areas: Assessment of Students, Student Identification, Parent and Community Involvement, Curriculum and Instruction, Student Support Services, Faculty, Staff and Administration, School Facilities, Program Plan and Evaluation and Record Keeping.
The meeting was called to order by Co-chair Donna Keaney at 10:30 a.m.
Present were Donna Keaney, Marisa Ronan, Jean Garrity, and Kim Cross.
The minutes from December 13, 2011, were reviewed and accepted.
Communications: Donna shared an e-mail from a parent who was looking to speak with a parent of a child with spina bifida. Jean will contact Dr. Loud to inquire about whether or not there are parents in the district who have a child with spina bifida who may be willing to speak with the parent who contacted us.
Treasurer: Kim reported that the balance in our account is $11,037.62. She will also e-mail John Ferris, Business Manager, to follow up on the conversation she had with him months ago about the SEPAC account.
SEPAC Calendar 2011 – 2012:
Donna went over the dates of upcoming presentations. Marisa reported that she has secured East School for the snow date (February 15) of Tracy Stoll’s presentation. Donna will let the school dept. and the Town Clerk that the rooms she had inquired about are now longer needed.
Jean will contact Wahlburger’s to see about doing a coupon night in May.
Pam has put together a flier and sponsorship letter for the Fun Run. She has some t-shirt connections and will see about printing costs. Discussion about keeping the donations from businesses separate from the ones we may contact about the Antique Show.
Jean brought the two banners which were donated.
Marisa reported that we have our domain name for two more years. The cost to renew was $24.00 (included a promotional code).
Vacant Co-chair position:
Donna will put together a letter to send to the e-mail distribution list which will mention the vacant position. The letter will also ask people to send us their ideas for future presentations.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m.