• The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee includes collaboration between parents/guardians and the Department of Special Services. By working together, we can help our students grow and help the community to better understand the special needs of our students. Invitations to the meetings will be sent to parents/guardians of classified students who reside in Mountainside. Our goals are:
    • To provide support and advocacy for families with children who have special needs.
    • To develop more effective communication between parents/guardians and special services staff members in the schools.
    • To provide programs and information for parents/guardians and professionals on current topics in special education.
    • To improve the educational, recreational, vocational, and social programs for our students.
    • To keep abreast of federal, state, and local legislation that may affect the education of exceptional students.

Schedule of Meetings

  • 2018 - 2019

     Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.

    Deerfield School Media Center

    Stefanie Babits, Parent Group Specialist

    Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc. (SPAN)

    Developing and Running an Effective Special Education Advisory Group (SEPAG)


    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 7:00 pm

    Governor Livingston High School Media Center


    Steve Siebelts, LSW, GLHS School Social Worker/Transition Coordinator

    Preparing for the Empty Nest: Promoting Independence & Coping Strategies for Parents


    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 7:00 pm

    Governor Livingston High School Media Center

    Jerisa Chiumbu-Maseko, The Arc of NJ, Planning for Adult Life

    Alison Goodrich, Community Access Unlimited
    Hosted by Steve Siebelts, GLHS School Social Worker

    Guardianship & Supported Decision-Making: Just the Basics

     Please contact the Berkeley Heights Special Services office for more information on the workshops being held at the Governor Livingston High School Media Center at 908-464-1298, Ext. 1800)


    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 1:00 PM

    Deerfield School Media Center

    Mrs. Isabel Machado, ESQ, Mountainside Attorney

    Parental Rights in Special Education