Warwick Special Education Advisory Committee

By Laws, adopted 1986, revised 2000

Article I Name of Organization

The name of the organization shall be the Warwick Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee (WSEAC)

Article II Functions of Organiation

  1. The Advisory Committee shall provide advice to the LEA (Local Education Agency) in matters concerning:
    • The special education services currently offered.
    • Unmet needs of children with disabilities
    • Developing and implementing future school improvement plans
    • Local compliance with state and federal laws and regulations
    • Applications for state and federal funding
    • Evaluation of special education services
  2. It shall serve as an advocacy group for children with disabilities and their families.
  3. It shall meet at least four times annually and submit records as required to the Warwick School Committee.
  4. The Warwick Public Schools shall provide assistance to the Advisory Committee in:
    • Developing the Advisory Committee's organizational structure and by laws, which shall become effective upon approval by the Warwick School Committee
    • Developing procedures for the Advisory Committee to carry out its functions and responsibilities
    • Providing technical and sonsultative services
    • Making available appropriate records and data as permitted by law
    • Providing in-service training for Advisory Committee membership in such areas as: the role of Advisory Committees; the role of advocacy groups; the conduct of meetings; state/federal laws and regulations; community resources; parent/child with disability relationships; LEA/advisory committee relationships

Note: A Local Educational Agency (LEA) means a public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary or secondary schools in a city, country township, school district, or such combination of school districts or counties as are recognized in a state administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools.

Article III Membership

The Warwick special Education Advisory Committee shall be composed of not more than twenty-one (21) individuals involved in or concerned with the education of students receiving Special Education Services. Parents of students receiving Special Education Services shall compose the majority of the committee membership, and at least 50% of this majority shall be selected by parents of students receiving Special Education Services. Also included shall be Person(s) with disabilities; teacher(s) of students receiving Special Education Services; local administrator(s) of public school programs for students receiving Special Education Services; regular classroom teacher(s) and/or other school administrator(s).
  1. The Warwick School Committee shall appoint all members of the Advisory Committee. The Superintendent of Schools shall recommend new members to the School Committee. Those parents selected by the parent members of the committee shall be presented to the School Committee for confirmation. The Director of Special Services shall be the only permanent member of the committee.
  2. All new members shall be appointed for a three year term, beginning the month of appointment and ending 36 months thereafter. After the first term, there shall be a majority vote on a consecutive term for that member
  3. At the conclusion of two terms, at least one year shall elapse before a member may be reappointed to another term
  4. Membership may automatically terminate for any member who is unexcused from all regular and special meetings for a period of three (3) consecutive months. Termination of membership will be voted in by the committee once a member has missed five (5) of the regular monthly meetings in any school calendar year. The committee, by affirmative vote of two-thirs (2/3) of all members, may recommend the ending of term for any member who does meet the excused absence criteria
  5. Any member may resign by filing a written resigation with the committee
  6. All new members including those appointed as a result of a resignation will be appointed for a three year term

Article IV Officers

  1. The officers of the Advisory Committee shall consist of a Chairperson to be elected by the Committee for a period of one year and a Secretary
  2. The Chairperson of the Advisory Committee shall preside over the meetings. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Secretary will preside
  3. The Chairperson of the Special Education Advisory Committee shall not be a Warwick School Department employee
  4. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings, care for all correspondence and records of the Committee, and perform all necessary clerical duties.

Article V Meetings

  1. Meetings shall be called by the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee as required by State Law. A meeting will be scheduled upon the written request of three or more members of the committee
  2. The agenda for each meeting of the Committee shall be prepared by the Chairperson. Any member of the committee may request in writing that an item be placed on the agenda for discussion
  3. All meetings of the Advisory Committee shall be held at a location designated by the Chairperson

Article VI Voting

  1. Voting privileges shall be extended to all members of the Advisory Committee
  2. A majority of the Advisory Committee shall constitute a quorum
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