• 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

  • 2019 - 2020

     Schedule of  Dates


    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.

    Deerfield School Media Center

    Meet and Greet with Supervisor of Special Services,

    Child Study Team and Related Services Providers


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    Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.

    Deerfield School Media Center

    Presentation by a Representative of

    SPAN - Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.

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


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    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 7:00 pm

    Governor Livingston High School Media Center

    CHOICES Consortium

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

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

    Accessing Services and “Natural Supports’


    RSVP:  Steve Siebelts, Social Worker/Transition Coordinator for Berkeley Heights/Governor Livingston H.S.  Child Study Team - 908-464-3100, Ext. 2413,


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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

    Deerfield School Media Center

    Mrs. Isabel Machado, ESQ, Mountainside Attorney

    Parental Rights in Special Education