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Woburn SEPAC

SEPAC OPEN MEETING

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Program Room, Woburn Public Library

We are holding an emergency SEPAC meeting on Wednesday, April 17 to draft a letter addressing the budget deficit. The letter will be read during the public statement period of the April 22 School Committee meeting.

We feel drafting this letter is important in sending the message that Special Education will continue to be funded, regardless of a budget deficit. Our concern is that public perception may be that Special Education is the cause of budgetary issues; this is not the case.

For context, click here to review the budget discussion from the School Committee meeting on April 10. What we’ll be reviewing and discussing at our meeting starts right around the two-hour mark.

We realize that this is last minute and many people will be away, but the next School Committee meeting takes place the Monday after April vacation, which would not leave us time to meet beforehand.

If you have concerns or questions regarding the budget, please reach out to us at wps.SEPAC@gmail.com and we will bring your questions and concerns forward at the meeting. There is also a subcommittee meeting at 4:00 on April 22 where the SEPAC will be represented and will have the chance to ask questions, since the format of a subcommittee meeting is less structured than the School Committee meeting.

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SEPAC Open Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Joyce Middle School

Thanks to all who attended the SEPAC College Fair in March and our inaugural Program Fair in April. We’re hoping to continue the “transition” theme with a special presentation at our May Open Meeting; watch this space for details. We hope to see you there, as we’ll be holding elections for SEPAC Vice President.

In the meantime, make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for additional SEPAC news.

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Town Hall with Dr. Baldassarre

Thanks to all who came out for a Q&A session with Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Michael Baldassarre on Tuesday, March 5. We covered a great deal of ground, with updates from the district and addressing parental concerns.

We’ve posted some documents from the Town Hall below for your perusal. Be sure to join us at our April Open Meeting, as we’ll be reviewing the meeting minutes which have a detailed description of what was covered in the meeting.

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VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Heading into the new year, the SEPAC is looking for help in the following areas:

- Outreach Representatives
- Bulletin Board Updaters
- Grant Writers

Specifically, we need reps for the High School, Goodyear, White, Joyce, Linscott, and Hurld-Wyman. If you have connections at any of those schools and would be willing to liaise with the principal and PTO and to distribute SEPAC materials, we can use your help!

The SEPAC Bulletin Board outside the Special Education office at the Joyce is long overdue for an update. If you have an hour to spare, we can use your help!

We’ve started the process of brainstorming speakers and workshops for 2019, and we’ll need 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

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Confused? Frustrated?

You’ve come to the right place!

We’re here for you! Sign up for our mailing list below to receive updates on policy changes and decisions that affect Woburn’s students with disabilities.

Our mailing list is confidential and for SEPAC use only. Your information will not be sold or shared. If you cannot attend our next meeting but have a concern or opinion you would like to share, please email us at wps.SEPAC@gmail.com.

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We want to hear from you!

We work with parents and the school administration to address issues facing Special Education students in Woburn.

Please call us at 781-291-9811. We’d love to hear both your successes and your concerns. Better yet, stop by our next meeting. We’d love to meet you!

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.