By Laws

MHDSEPAC Bylaws

  • Organization Name
    1. Marblehead Special Education Parent Advisory Council (MHDSEPAC)
  • Statement of Purpose
    1. The Marblehead SEPAC shall assist in advising the Marblehead School District on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities.
  • Mission Statement

The Mission of MHDSEPAC is to offer families and friends of special education students in the community a resource for networking and the exchange of ideas and to work collaboratively with teachers and administration in the development of special education programming and policy within the Marblehead public school district. To that end, MHDSEPAC works to:

  • Promote better understanding and a positive working alliance between parents / guardians and school officials.
  • To work with school and district officials and the Marblehead School Committee to review, evaluate, and recommend policies, procedures and resources related to the planning, development and evaluation of services for students with disabilities
  • Promote communication between MHDSEPAC members, local, State and National organizations, councils and groups.
  • Provide informational forums to parents, educators, students and professionals.
  • Promote communication and awareness within the community to encourage understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

**Massachusetts Statute

Chapter 71B: Section 3.  Identification of school age children with a disability; diagnosis of disability; proposal of program; evaluations and assessments of child and programs

Chapter 71: Section 1C

Workshops on right of students and their parents under special education laws of the Commonwealth and the federal government

  • Goals
    1. To work with school and district officials and the Marblehead School Committee to review, evaluation, and recommend policies, procedures and resources related to the planning, development and evaluation of services for students with disabilities
    2. To provide information and resources to parents of children with special needs, to administration, staff and other interested parties. (e.g. SEPAC Newsletter, Parent Handbook and Resource Guide, Video/ Resource Library, etc.)
    3. To provide workshops, speaker series, forums, meetings and activities to educate and train parents/guardians/advocates of children with specials needs, to administration, staff and other interested parties in areas such as, but not limited to: special education programs and services, inclusion, advocacy, learning and/or physically disabled, behaviorally challenged, Massachusetts special education laws, etc.
    4. To establish a network among parents and to provide outreach and support to members of our community.
    5. To collaborate with parent-teacher groups, school councils and other school organizations towards the betterment of education in the Marblehead School District.
    6. To stay current on public policy issues that affect special education in Massachusetts.
    7. To facilitate communications between parents, teachers, specialists, tutors, aides, administrators and other school personnel in regards to special education.
  • Membership
    1. General Membership shall be open to any resident of Marblehead or any person affiliated with the Marblehead Public School District
  • Officers & Duties
    1. Co-Chair
      1. Co-Chair(s) serves as overall administrator and spokesperson for the PAC.
      2. Duties are:
        • Serve as chief contact and liaison for all PAC affairs
        • Coordinate all PAC efforts and activities
        • Appoint subcommittee chairs.
        • Issue assignments to officers and subcommittees
        • Chair monthly PAC and Executive Board meetings.
        • Plan monthly agenda
        • Monitor information and reports from officers, subcommittees, and system-wide committee delegates.
        • Direct dissemination of PAC information to parents
        • Meet on a regular basis with a designated school administrator.
        • In the event that there are Co- Chairs, duties of the shall be divided on a mutually agreeable basis.
        • Perform other duties as necessary
      3. Treasurer
        1. The Treasurer serves as the financial agent for the PAC.
        2. Duties are:
  • Maintain accounting of all PAC monies
  • Attend monthly PAC meetings
  • Formulate and submit for approval an annual budget at the September/October meeting File an annual report of transactions at the May meeting
  • Be in contact with School District liaison to determine the availability of funding for speakers.
  • Perform other duties as necessary
    1. Secretary
      1. The Secretary serves as the scribe and maintains correspondence for the PAC.
      2. Duties are:
  • Maintain minutes for general membership and Executive Board meetings.
  • Maintain a PAC logbook of all agendas, reports, and any other materials that help create a paper trail of PAC progress.
  • Attend monthly PAC meetings
  • Perform other duties as necessary
  • Term Limits
    1. Officers are elected for a 2-year commitment. In the event of a resignation during tenure, the Executive Board may appoint an interim officer.
  • Voting Membership/Quorum Procedure
    1. Voting Membership shall be any general member who is a parent or guardian of a child with special needs, as defined by Massachusetts Chapter 766 Regulations, residing in Marblehead, with or without an Individualized Education Plan, or is a parent or guardian of a child with special needs, as defined by Massachusetts Chapter 766 Regulations, who attends the Marblehead Public School District.
    2. A quorum of no fewer than three (3) voting members must be present at the time of voting for any motion to be adopted. Voting eligibility will be confirmed by the School District Representative or it’s designee at the time of voting.  Only those voting members in attendance may vote.  Election shall be decided by a simple majority vote of the voting membership subject to the presence of a quorum.
  • Meetings
    1. By September, the Board will establish a schedule of monthly meeting dates for September through June. The organization will follow the municipal Open Meeting Law (M.G.L. c.39, 23A-23C) which states: ” a notice of every meeting of any governmental body shall be filed with the clerk of the city or town…and notice shall be publicly posted in the clerk’s office…at least 48 hours prior to such meeting….The notice shall contain the date, time and place of such meeting…filing and posting shall be the responsibility of the officer calling such meeting.” Accurate records of meetings will be kept, including the date, time, place, members present and action taken. The records of each meeting shall become a public record.
  • Committees / Sub-Committees
    1. Subcommittees shall be created as needed. The subcommittee chairperson shall be a volunteer or willing nominee accepted by a simple majority vote of the voting members present at a general meeting.
  • Funding
    1. Grants, Donation and Fundraising
      1. Marblehead SEPAC will actively pursue grants, donations and fundraising activities to support its mission.
  • Bylaw Amendment
    1. By-laws will be reviewed at the October goal setting meeting. Changes and additions will be discussed and placed on the following month’s agenda for a membership vote. However, by-laws may be visited at any point in the year through normal parliamentary procedures.