WARREN, NJ - The first ever district-inclusive meeting of the newly formed Warren Township Schools Special Education Parents Advisory Group (WTS SEPAG) was held on November 3.
Invited to attend were all parents of children in the district who receive special education services including parents of out of district placements, all Child Study Team members, the Board of Education and representatives from the PTOs in the district.
Superintendent Matthew Mingle addressed the group and stressed his and the district's commitment to the "whole child" philosophy serving each student as an individual.
Director of Special Services Candida Hengemuehle provided a statement on the need for a SEPAG and answered questions about the history of special needs parent groups in the district. SPAN/START Project Parent Group Specialist Monique Dujue engaged the attendees in a Compass Activity, in an effort to encourage targeted participation and highlight both personality type and skill sets.
Required by NJ Administrative Code 6A:14-1.2(h): "Each board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities." As such, the Warren Township School District established WTS SEPAG as a forum for parents/guardians to provide that same input.
"WTS SEPAG was formally established on June 27 after a series of training sessions with SPAN," said co- chairperson Leanna Wellerding. "In the intervening months we've slowly begun to reach out to the community via brochures, Facebook and a series of parent/guardian only meetings."
Wellerding cited the behind-the-scenes work of the past months as well as proposals for continued outreach to the community, current board vacancies and the creation of both a mission statement and a list of resources for special needs parents in the district.
For more information contact Leanna Wellerding. WTS SEPAG Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org 908-360-5105