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Anne Arundel County SECAC Executive Board Officers for 2018-2020

Chair - Jeanne Saum
Vice Chair - Samantha Carter
Treasurer  - Atalante Shay



AASECAC elected new officers for our 2018-2020 term on June14, 2018. 


THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SPECIAL EDUCATION CITIZENS’ ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Mission Statement, Goal and By-Laws

 

MISSION STATEMENT

To advise Anne Arundel County Public Schools regarding students with disabilities or special needs.

 PURPOSE

The purpose of the committee is to:

  • Work collaboratively with the AACPS Director of Special Education and stakeholders to advise of issues, priorities, goals and potential solutions designed to improve achievement and outcomes of students with disabilities or special needs.   
  • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration between AACPS, children and youth with special needs, parents, advocates, and the community.
  • Provide information and education to parents, educators, students, professionals, and community members on issues related to special education.
  • Promote the acceptance, awareness and inclusion of students with disabilities or special needs in our schools and community.

 

COMMITTEE BY-LAWS

I.                    COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

 

A.      Committee can include the following: 

 

1.       Anne Arundel County students, parents, guardians or other family members of students with disabilities
         or special needs.

2.       Director of the Department of Special Education

3.       Department of Special Education staff members

4.       Administrators

5.       General, special educators and service providers.

6.       Special education paraprofessionals

7.       Anne Arundel County community members.

 

II.                 MEMBERSHIP

 

A.     There is to be no set limit on the number of committee members.

 

B.      The committee is composed of voting and non-voting members.

 

C.     In order to be eligible to vote on SECAC motions, a member must reside in Anne Arundel County, or be a                   
         parent/guardian of an Anne Arundel County Public Schools student with an Individualized Education Program
         (IEP), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), Section 504 Plan, or seeking identification.  Voting members
         must have attended three 3 out of the past 6 meetings.

 

D.      A vote may take place in person or electronically.  A non-response from a voting member will be
        considered an abstain vote.

 

E.     Employees of Anne Arundel County Public Schools may vote or hold officer positions only if they participate
        on the committee in the role of parent/guardian of an Anne Arundel County Public Schools student with
        an Individualized Education Program (IEP), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Section 504 Plan.

 

F.      Any member of the committee shall fully disclose any relationship with an individual or with members of
        other organizations which represents, or has the potential to represent, a conflict of interest. A conflict of
        interest shall be defined as any alliance with a business, organization, or employer that prohibits a member |
        from freely executing the purposes of the committee, or that may result in personal, professional or financial gain.

 

III.              ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

A.     The committee shall have an Executive Board composed of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
        Board positions are held by residents of Anne Arundel county or parents of AACPS students. 
        Parents of students with special needs are given preferential consideration for board positions.   

 

B.     Nominations for open officer positions shall be held in April.

 

C.     Elections for officer positions shall be held in May. In the event that a position becomes open due to
        resignation or removal, nominations and elections for such position shall be held as soon as possible.

 

D.    The officers shall be elected by a simple majority vote of the committee and shall serve a term not to exceed
        two consecutive years for the elected position. An officer elected to fill a vacated position due to resignation
        or removal, shall complete the remainder of the term of the original elected officer. An officer may subsequently
        run for a full two-year term if their initial term is less than two years.

 

E.     Any officer, elected or appointed by the members, shall be subject to removal by a written and/or electronic
        ballot vote of two-thirds of the voting members as defined in Section II-C.

 

IV.              OFFICERS’ DUTIES

 

A.     Chair shall:

1.       Preside at committee meetings.

2.       Generate and distribute an agenda for each committee meeting.

3.       Represent the committee to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, Anne Arundel County Public School
         System and the County Executive.

4.       Delegate roles or responsibilities to other board members or voting members.

5.       Coordinate with the board and the Director of Special Education to develop and submit a year-end report of
          activities and recommendations to the Director of Special Education, Superintendent and School Board

6.       Coordinate communications to SECAC members and the community.

 

B.   Vice Chair shall:

1.       Perform the chair’s duties in his or her absence, or at the chair’s request.

2.       In the event the chair resigns or is unable to perform his or her duties, assume said duties until another
         chair is elected.

3.       Organize subcommittees and workgroups as necessary.

 

C.   Secretary shall:

1.       Record minutes of all committee and Executive Board meetings.

2.       Distribute minutes to officers and make publicly available. 

3.       Take roll of committee meeting attendees, keep attendance records in order to determine voting members
          and maintain a committee membership database.

4.       Assist the committee Chair with written correspondence and the development of public announcements

 

D.   Treasurer shall:

1.       Act as a liaison to AACPS budget personnel on issues related to the SECAC budget.

2.       Submit receipts from SECAC members to AACPS budget staff member for reimbursement.

3.       Provide a report at SECAC meetings detailing budget expenditures and balance.

 

 

V.                BUDGET AND PLANNING

 

A.     The Executive Board and the Director of Special Education shall meet yearly to formulate a budget for
        the next school year.

 

B.      Proposed budget then shall be presented to voting members for their review and approval.

 

C.      The Division of Special Education shall make provisions for secretarial assistance and
          administrative expenses of the committee.

 

D.     The committee shall have the authority to allocate funds through an electronic vote or by other means to
         fulfill specific budget requests when time constraints necessitate that action be taken in between regularly
         scheduled committee meetings.

 

VI.              MEETINGS

 

A.     The Executive Board shall meet as needed and no less than once per quarter to plan and review current
         issues such as strategic focus, schedule, and budget.

 

B.      A minimum of 5 general committee meetings will be held between September through May.    

 

C.      A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of eligible voting members present when the vote is taken. 

 

D.      All regular committee meetings shall be open to the general public.

 

VII.           RELATIONSHIP WITH ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

A.     The committee shall prepare an annual report related to SECAC’s strategic plan to share with school system
         officials/MSDE as part of the local application.

 

B.     The Superintendent of Schools may request that the committee research and make recommendations
        based  on the system vision and/or goals.

 

C.     The chair or designee shall work collaboratively with the county’s Citizen Advisory Council and Anne Arundel County
        Council of PTAs to advocate for students with disabilities and special needs.

 

VIII.        COMMUNICATION

 

A.       Any member of SECAC may discuss general information concerning SECAC with non-members, such as the
          definition and role of SECAC, meeting times and locations, presentations by speakers and committee-sponsored
          programs and resources available to students and families.

 

B.       Any oral or written statement issued on behalf of SECAC must be discussed by the voting members
          (may be done electronically) of the committee prior to its release. Any public statement shall reflect the position
          of a majority of voting members.  A non-response from a voting member will be considered an abstain vote.

 

IX.              REVIEW OF BY-LAWS

 

A.     The Executive Board shall review these by-laws every two years.

 

B.      Proposed changes to the by-laws shall be presented to committee members in writing at least 20 days prior to a vote.

 

C.      Changes to the by-laws must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the eligible voting members.

 

D.     Committee by-laws shall be presented to the Board of Education biennially.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Super Admin,
Dec 17, 2017, 4:20 AM
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