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Maynard Special Education PAC Officers
Co-Chairperson:
Jennifer O’Leary
978-897-2705
Email: sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us
Co-Chairperson:
Jessica O'Toole
978-897-0650
Email:
sepaccochair@maynard.k12.ma.us
Secretary:
Jessica Sheldon
Email: sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us
Treasurer:
John Skogstrom
Email:
sepactreas@maynard.k12.ma.us
Maynard High School Parent Representative:
Jessica Clark
978-985-0123
Email: sepachsparent@maynard.k12.ma.us
Fowler School Parent Representative:
Danielle Pimenta
978-760-3456
Email: sepacfsparent@maynard.k12.ma.us
Green Meadow Parent Representative:
Heather Nickle
443-226-1647
Email: sepacgmparent@maynard.k12.ma.us
Public Outreach Coordinator:
Karen Heath
978-394-6183
Email: sepacoutreach@maynard.k12.ma.us
Event Coordinator:
Natasha Rivera
Email: sepacevents@maynard.k12.ma.us

The mission of the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community. You can download our brochure by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

What is a SEPAC?
Massachusetts Special Education Regulations state that each school committee shall establish a Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) on Special Education. A SEPAC is a formally organized group of individuals committed to the best possible services for children with special needs. A SEPAC:

  • Promotes a network of parents and forum to share information
  • Advises the school district on special education programs, training needs, and policy
  • Promotes communication between PAC members; local, state and national organizations, councils and groups
  • Promotes understanding, acceptance, and inclusion within the community
  • Provides informational forums for parents, students, educators, and professionals

Who Should join the SEPAC?

  • Parents and/or guardians of children who receive any type of special education services or accommodations in school, such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 accommodation, or out-of-district placement.
  • Parents who think their child may have some learning issues or differences.
  • Parents who would like to understand or have an interest in the Special Education process.
  • Parents, educators, or any members of the community who want to learn more!

Why Get Involved?

  • To network with other parents in the community.
  • To share your own expertise and experiences with other parents.
  • To learn about the services available for children with learning issues or differences.
  • To learn to advocate for your child's needs more effectively.

When are the Meetings?

Maynard SEPAC community meetings are generally held in the Fowler School Library from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Board Business meetings and Collaboration meetings with district administration are generally held at the Fowler School on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. All meetings are open to the public.

To attend or for more information on meeting topics, please visit our Facebook page, or contact one of the officers or parent representatives. We welcome and need your participation!

How do I Join?

To join the Maynard SEPAC, contact your school's parent representative, listed above.

The SEPAC is searching for additional parents to participate in the new SEPAC Sub-Committees: Meeting Planning, Public Relations, and Fundraising.

A committee member would be considered a SEPAC board member, and would be asked to attend SEPAC board meetings to determine the direction of the SEPAC and what activities the SEPAC participates in (bi-monthly).

The Meeting Planning Committee is responsible for researching and choosing our guest speakers and handling all arrangements for the speaker to attend, such as information on the speakers, the content of their presentation, handouts and flyers and ensuring that materials are available in a timely manner to the Public Relations Committee for Advertising and promotion purposes.

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for advertising our meetings locally (newspapers, school newsletters, websites/list-serves) and promoting the SEPAC within our community through school open houses, school committee meetings, other school-sponsored events, town events, promotional materials, and other ways to promote visibility and other opportunities forSEPAC.

The Fundraising Committee is responsible for looking at fundraising opportunities for the SEPAC and what these funds would best be utilized for from year to year. Opportunities such as applying for grants, seeking donations, possibly working with other school organizations and/or officials on fundraising and determining special education, training, or regular education needs as they relate to students with disabilities or learning differences.

To receive emails about upcoming SEPAC events and other local special education events, please email 

sepacchair@maynard.k12.ma.us and type "SEPAC list-serve" in the subject line.