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Woburn SEPAC

December Planning Meeting

Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Woburn Public Library Program Room

A few changes in our December meeting: a different day than usual, a different time than usual, and an in-person meeting with no virtual component.

Why is that? Because it’s time to update the SEPAC Bylaws. And with the technical challenges that come along with virtual and hybrid meetings, we thought it best to handle the task in-person. Of course, we’ll also be fielding your questions and concerns and updating you on news in the district.

The bylaw update goes hand-in-hand with last month’s announcement that SEPACs are no longer subject to Open Meeting Law. Because of that, we’ll be discussing best practices on how to operate the Woburn SEPAC moving forward, and incorporating them into our bylaws.

You’ll find more information on the OML decision from FCSN below.

“For many years, MassPAC has been advocating that, since SEPACs have an open and undetermined membership (open to all interested parties) and are not decision-making bodies (not empowered to act collectively), SEPACs should not be subject to the Open Meeting Law.

In light of recent complaints filed with respect to several SEPACs, this week, the Division of Open Government issued a determination letter dated October 28, 2021/OML 2021-150 decision. The conclusion was that the SEPACs were not public bodies subject to the Open Meeting Law and that unless SEPAC by-laws gave authority to the officers to act collectively, the Executive Board was also not subject to the Open Meeting Law.

You can find a quick summary of the decision on the AG’s website.”

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SEPAC Input Form

Link to the form here

We are always here to hear your thoughts, concerns, accolades, and more. Please fill out the form above to let us know what you need. All comments are confidential, of course.

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Woburn Public Schools Letter on Non-Discrimination and Retaliation

In October of 2020, Woburn Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Crowley sent a letter to Woburn families reaffirming Woburn Public Schools’ commitment to Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 deals with discrimination on the basis of disability and retaliation on the basis of complaint.

Read Dr. Crowley’s letter here. For more Civil Rights information as it pertains to Woburn Public Schools, click here. And, as always, feel free to contact us at wps.SEPAC@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

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Volunteer With Us!

The Woburn SEPAC is looking for help in the following areas:

- School Liaisons
- Fundraisers
- Grant Writers

If you have a connection to your kiddo’s school and would be willing to liaise with your Principal and PTO to help spread SEPAC awareness and information, we can use your help!

We’re constantly in the process of brainstorming speakers and workshops and can always use  additional funds. Are you a gifted grant writer, or someone with connections to the financial industry? We can use your help!

Reach out to us at wps.SEPAC@gmail.com

And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook. f_logo

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The Woburn Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a state-mandated advisory group that provides education and support for parents, guardians and educators of children ages 3 to 22 years old with special education needs. We are a city-wide organization of parents working together with teachers, administrators, the school committee and the community to provide an educational environment that is innovative, challenging, safe and nurturing for all children.