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MERSD Special Education Parent Advisory Council


The PAC board is an elected group of 6-7 parents that focuses on education, outreach, and advocacy for children with disabilities and their parents.  The SEPAC board meets monthly on Monday evenings throughout the school year to identify district needs and plan events for parents.  The first SEPAC meeting of the 2016-2017 school year will be held at 6:30pm in the MERMS-HS Community Room.

For more information about SEPAC, contact Kari Faller, SEPAC Co-Chair, at

In June 2016, parents of special education students were invited to self-nominate for a two year term on the SEPAC board.  Since the number of self-nominations did not exceed available seats, an election was not held this year.   SEPAC welcomes Tracey Quade and Kathy Jackson as new board members.

SEPAC Board – 2016-2017
Kari Faller, Co-Chair
Jennifer Flanigan
Kathy Jackson
Cheryl Bagshaw Mulvy
Tracey Quade
Sarah Polese Reineman

SEPAC Mission Statement:

The mission of the MERSD Special Education Parent Advisory Council is to support and sustain high quality programming and services for students with disabilities, serve as an educational and networking resource, and promote a respect for diversity and inclusiveness within the schools and community.


1. To conduct needs assessments, collect data, provide recommendations and actively participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of MERSD’s special education programs and policies.

2. To provide organized social and educational opportunities for families, staff, students, and community members to network, access resources and promote community outreach and communication.

3. To partner with general education in supporting student acquisition of 21st Century skills, social-emotional learning, and preparation for independent living through innovative and inclusive instructional practices.

SEPAC How We Work Presentation

SEPAC how we work 2015

SEPAC Survey Results – Fall 2015

In October/November 2015, the SEPAC conducted a survey to assess parent needs and interests regarding workshops and educational programs.   A copy of  survey results is provided below.

SEPAC Survey 2015