ARTICLE I: NAME OF ORGANIZATION
The name of this self-governed organization shall be the Rockland Public School Special Education Parents Advisory Council, also known as Rockland SEPAC.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE OF THE PAC
The purpose of this organization shall be to:
1. Establish better understanding and communication between parents/guardians and teachers, special education service providers, administrators and legislators, in order to advocate for and promote a successful educational and social environment.
2. Provide support for special education to meet the needs of all students with disabilities.
3. Advise the school committee on matters that pertain to the education, health, and safety of students with special needs.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to all parents, grandparents, legal guardians, educators and other interested community members.
ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS
The Rockland SEPAC shall schedule three meetings from September through June. The schedule of meeting dates shall be determined by the chairperson. Additional meetings may be called by the chairperson or by written petition to the chairperson by three or more members of the PAC.
Annual meeting shall be held each May for the purpose of electing officers and reviewing the Bylaws. Terms of office shall become effective September 1st of the following school year.
ARTICLE V: VOTING
Voting privileges shall be afforded to all members, however a vote may be taken only if at 2/3rds of the SEPAC members present are parents or guardians of children receiving or seeking special needs services under MGL Chapter 71B Regulation 603 CMR 28.00, the (IDEIA) Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, or any of the aforementioned Acts as subsequently revised or reauthorized.
ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS
Rockland Special Education Parent Advisory Council Board (SEPAC) shall include a chairperson, a vice chairperson or co-chairperson(s), and a treasurer. Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting by a majority of the members present. The officers shall constitute the SEPAC Board. In the event that there is a complete change of officers, the immediate past chairperson may serve on the board for one+ additional year to assist the incoming officers.
It shall be the responsibility of the chairperson to preside over all meetings of the SEPAC.
It shall be the responsibility of the vice chairperson or co-chairperson to preside over meetings of the SEPAC in the absence of the chairperson.
It shall be the responsibility of the chairperson or co-chairperson to post all meeting notices, receive correspondence, and maintain the records of the SEPAC, including the minutes of all SEPAC meetings.
It shall be the responsibility of the treasurer to receive, maintain, and distribute all Rockland SEPAC funds in accordance with the decisions made by the Rockland SEPAC and /or its board.
ARTICLE VII: OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES
The SEPAC shall operate under MGL Chapter 71B Regulation 603 CMR 28.07(4).
ARTICLE VIII: COMMITTEES
Committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the SEPAC Chairperson(s).
ARTICLE IX: BYLAW AMENDMENT PROCEDURES
These Bylaws may be amended at the annually scheduled meeting where the Bylaws are noted as an agenda item. In addition, these Bylaws may also be amended by any SEPAC meeting provided that the amendment shall be submitted in writing at a previous SEPAC meeting, and the notice has been given as to the date, time and place of the vote on the amendment.
All amendments shall require a 2/3 vote of the membership to pass.