Call to Order - 7:09pm
Welcome and Introductions
Purpose and Vision
The Howard County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) advises the school system on the needs of students with disabilities. We collaborate with other community disability advocacy groups to improve special education and the lives of our students in Howard County, MD.
Approval of Minutes
Action Required: Motion to approve minutes. See attached minutes. - Minutes approved.
Special Presentation: First Lego League Robotics team from Dunloggin Middle School Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds project. Part of their data were survey results from SECAC members.
Dyslexia Presentation: Co-Chair Stephanie Carr with HCPSS Executive Director Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Ebony Langford-Brown
(see PDF at the bottom of the page for presentation with notes, questions)
Co-Chair, Mai Hall
Special Ed Forum March 24th, SECAC/HCAS HCC Info coming out tomorrow!
Future SECAC Board Members - come and see Mai about a learning opportunity.
Vice Chair, Wendy Balda
Awards Night - May 4th. Annual event to honor teachers and staff. Need help with planning. Sign-in sheet went around. April SECAC Meeting will be for planning the awards.
Budget - Also the Operational Budget Review Committee (OBRC) rep for SECAC. The budget the superintendent put forward for special ed was large. Staff was added. The staff number comes from a staffing formula that takes in account student need and IEP hours. The Board of Education is sending the budget to the County soon. We need to start advocating to the County Council and County Executive. The County Executive is having another public hearing on March 12th. Sign ups start February 27th at the following link.
Secretary, Beth Stolte - By-laws have been updated. Will be presented for note at next month’s meeting. A copy of the by-laws with changes will be attached to the meeting notes email.
Department of Special Education Reports
Executive Director and staff
IEP Survey card at every IEP meeting. If you are not getting it, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Support and Parent Liaison
Parent engagement survey.
SECAC Meeting on March 11th will have a presentation about last year’s results with devices to fill out survey online.
Board of Education Reports - Vicky Cutroneo
March 12th CE public hearing on budget, then goes to CC April 22nd (public hearing) then back to BOE. Then they have another public hearing.
Work session Feb 27th at 7pm - Bullying Report.
Christina Delmont-Small - Non-public liasion.
Next Meeting Dates
March 11, 2020 - MDSE Parent Survey Results 2019-2020
April 15, 2020 - SECAC Awards planning
May 13, 2020 - SECAC Board Elections
June 10, 2020
Adjournment - 9pm