SECAC Membership Application
Membership applications for the 2021/2022 School Year will be accepted through 05/31/21.
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What is SECAC?
The Frederick County SECAC works in collaboration with students, families, FCPS staff, and the community to advise the office of Special Education and the Board of Education. The committee will focus on open and honest communication, improving effectiveness and accountability, advocating or appropriate resources, and identifying individual issues that may often be systemic. The committee will work together to put children first.
Who is on SECAC?
The FCPS Board Committee, SECAC, seeks diverse representation. To that end, in Frederick County, parents comprise 50% of the SECAC membership, FCPS staff comprises 25%, and community members comprise the balance, with up to three (3) high school students able to participate. The Director(s) of Special Education, a Board of Education Member and a Family Support Services/Partners for Success representative participate as non-voting members. Meetings are open and the public is encouraged to attend and participate in the public comment session.
Why join SECAC?
-- Learn more about special education in FCPS and at the state level
-- Identify and address concerns about special education
-- Help generate ideas for improvement in special education in Frederick County
-- Give back to your community
-- Advocate for children in special education
-- Enhance and strengthen partnerships between families, educators and the community
Time Commitments:
• Members are expected to attend the monthly SECAC meeting from 6:00-8:00pm, usually the last Monday of the month. No meetings are held over the summer months or in December.
• Each member also enrolls with a sub-committee that holds separate meetings approximately once per month.
• Some SECAC members hold an office position that may require additional time during the month outside of the regular meetings. These are voted upon each spring where nominees are given a clear description of the job duty and time commitment.
Membership Guidelines:
• It is highly encouraged that members of SECAC are active participants as topics are addressed.
• Committee members are expected to always conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner.
• Committee members should focus on broader systemic concerns as well as positive contributions.
• Meeting attendance is expected. Three missed meetings may result in a request to step down from the committee.
• Preparedness for all meetings is expected including reviewing previous meeting notes beforehand, reviewing the agenda, reviewing the budget, and any applicable sub-committee responsibilities or information.
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