Special Education Advisory Committee


SEAC meetings are always open to the public and visitors are welcome.

What is the Special Education Advisory Committee?
The SEAC is a committee that works with the school board, administrators, parents, and teachers who are responsible for special education students. 

Who serves on the committee?

  • Gayl Brunk- Executive Director of Valley Associates for Independent Living, Inc. (VAIL)
  • Lynda Chandler - Parent and Board Member of the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership
  • Joan Coffey - Parent
  • Brooke Joiner - Parent
  • Bret Hart- School to Work Transition Counselor, Virginia Division of Rehabilitative Services Harrisonburg Field Office
  • Chris Gregory- Infant & Toddler Connection
  • Morina Lamb- Special Education Teacher, HCPS
  • Rehan Mairajuddin- Parent
  • Dr. Tom Moran- JMU Kinesiology Professor; Adapted Physical Education Specialist
  • Sandi Thorpe- Executive Director of Special Programs Harrisonburg City Schools
  • James Ward- Board Member of The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham
  • Jaqueline Williams- Parent

The committee, appointed by the School Board, is comprised of parents of special education students and affiliated human service agency representatives. School personnel, the Director of Special Programs, as well as a representative from the School Board serve as consultants.

What is the function of the Special Education Advisory Committee?

  • To advise the school division of unmet special education needs
  • To assist the school division in recognizing needs for special education students
  • To give periodic reports and recommendations to the Harrisonburg City School Board
  • To review annually the special education plan and prepare recommendations regarding the plan

Meeting Place
Harrisonburg City Public Schools Central Office in the 3rd Floor Conference Room
One Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Next meeting is November 13, 2017 from 5:00 - 6:30pm.

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