Chandler Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Meeting Minutes

Date October 30th, 2019

Attendance: Kristen Plamenon, Kara Swierz, Erica Chaney, Dena Berg, Dennis Torres, and Amanda Rivas


The regular meeting of the Chandler Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) was called to order at 7:15pm on September 25, 2019 in Chandler, AZ by Kristen Plamendon.  This meeting was after the Special Education Study Session lead by Kymberly Marshall for the Governing Board.  

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.

Agenda Discussions

  1. Recapped Study Session
  2. Kristen Discussed plan to collaborate with the Board in the Administration for positive change:
    1. Develop a survey that will be administered via Survey Monkey by November 11th and available to review at the November meeting.
    2. Plan for a January focus group that will be opened to the public
      1. Find out the needs of the district students receiving special education services. 
      2. Have a representative from every school would be ideal. 
      3. Consider an appointed Mediator for the focus group. 
    3. Develop a virtual petition with our ask:
      1. Mobility is not the ask or at least not the only ask.
      2. Inclusion>Access to Gen ed> All Gen ed staff> one accessible curriculum will lead to less need for specialized classrooms that lead to mobility. 
        1. Meaningful opportunities for inclusion to include:
          1. Extra curricular activities
          2. Assemblies
          3. Field trips 
          4. Equity with parents
          5. Transparency
  3. Discussed Kristen Plamendon’s upcoming meeting with Dr. Nance at the District Office. Meeting to take place on 11-1-2019
  4. Equity and Inclusion Council: Would like to invite Carol Thompson to a SEPAC meeting to strengthen ties with the district.  Potentially in February 2020.
  5. Social Media: Dena Berg and Mandy Rivas will comprise a survey with members input to be administered through social media and Survey Monkey by November 10th.  The goal will be to have enough participation to be able to review the results at the next meeting.  Will also start to have Mandy’s high school friend begin videos of students that are included and their success story.  

New Business:  

Kristen will:

  1. Reach to Andrea and David to request they attend a meeting.
  2. Discuss phone meeting with Dr Nance.

Kara will: 

  1. Will complete the Agenda and submit for approval in order to share with Dr Sallu.

Mandy and Dena:

  1.  Will meet and with member’s input, will develop a caregiver survey.
  2. Follow up on videos

Agenda for Next Meeting:

  1. Review Results from survey
  2. Determine location for January focus group
  3. Appoint a mediator for the focus group
  4. Develop a petition to be signed at the focus group.  
  5. Research ready


Meeting was adjourned at 9:10pm by Kristen Plamendon.

Study session continuation November 13th, 2019 at 5pm if anyone is available.  Come with questions.  

The next general meeting will be on November 20th, 2019 at 7pm at Panera Bread. 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Amanda Rivas and Kara Swierz
Approved by: 

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