Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Ensuring that all of Winchester's children are educated in an innovative, challenging and nurturing environment.


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Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council provides parents and guardians with information about: developments in special education; their rights and responsibilities; opportunities to network with other parents of children with special needs; legal, scientific, and technological developments; and avenues to affect the quality of special education services in Winchester.

Our Google group is a great way to get started! Click hereto join today!
Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council provides parents and guardians with information about: developments in special education; their rights and responsibilities; opportunities to network with other parents of children with special needs; legal, scientific, and technological developments; and avenues to affect the quality of special education services in Winchester.

Our Google group is a great way to get started! Click hereto join today!
Special Ed PAC meeting - Wednesday, January 23rd 
7:00 - 8:15
   Lynch School Library

Come and meet with the Special Education Supervisors and the Director of
Student Services to hear about the special education services that are
currently being provided throughout our schools.  As we talk about how we
are meeting the needs of your children, we also want to hear from you
about how the PAC can be more responsive to your needs.

Please mark your calendars for January 23rd to come and join other parents
in the conversation!

Thanks!

Linda B. Stapp, Ph.D.
Director of Pupil Services
Winchester Public Schools
154 Horn Pond Brook Road
Winchester, MA   01890

(781) 721-7005
(781) 721-7048  (fax)
Special Ed PAC meeting - Wednesday, January 23rd 
7:00 - 8:15
   Lynch School Library

Come and meet with the Special Education Supervisors and the Director of
Student Services to hear about the special education services that are
currently being provided throughout our schools.  As we talk about how we
are meeting the needs of your children, we also want to hear from you
about how the PAC can be more responsive to your needs.

Please mark your calendars for January 23rd to come and join other parents
in the conversation!

Thanks!

Linda B. Stapp, Ph.D.
Director of Pupil Services
Winchester Public Schools
154 Horn Pond Brook Road
Winchester, MA   01890

(781) 721-7005
(781) 721-7048  (fax)
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Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council provides parents and guardians with information about developments in special education; their rights and responsibilities; opportunities to network with other parents of children with special needs; legal, scientific, and technological developments; and avenues to affect the quality of special education services in Winchester.

Our Google group is a great way to get started! Click here to join today!

Upcoming Events
The information provided below describes the process that has been developed in order to appoint a new Director of Student Services for the district. The Director of Student Services is a Central Office Administrator that supervises the PreK-12 Special Education, Nursing and Guidance Departments for the Winchester Public Schools. The process will be similar to the recent search for the Assistant Superintendent of Schools position. It is designed to be an open and participatory process for parents/guardians and staff alike.
A Search Advisory Committee (SAC) will be established to do the screening of applicants, identifying appropriate candidates, conducting initial interviews, and making recommendations for finalist candidates to the Superintendent. It is important to remember however that the role of the SAC is not to make the final hiring decision but rather to assist the Superintendent in this process. Although I will act as Chairperson for the SAC, Superintendent McAlduff intends on being an active participant throughout this process. The SAC will consist of:
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teachers/staff members parents/guardians
members of the leadership team school committee member Director of Personnel
If you are interested in serving on the SAC please email me at: swalsh@winchester.k12.ma.us to let me know of your interest. Please make sure to let me know of your interest no later than 12:00pm on December 13th. Members of the SAC need to be available for meetings and interviews between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00pm on selected dates. Please see the proposed timeline below. (These are approximate dates)
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December 8 and December 15 December 13th (12:00 PM) January 9
January 10
January 16
January 21 - 24
January 27 – Feb. 7
February 10 - 21
Position (Vacancy) Posted Internally and on School Spring Advertised in Boston Sunday Globe
Deadline for Staff to submit a request to be on SAC
SAC Meeting to discuss Application/Credential Review Process Candidate application materials due
SAC Meeting to select candidates for interviews
SAC interviews candidates & recommends finalists to Superintendent Finalists visit the District
Superintendent makes appointment
Additionally, it is important for parent(s)/guardian(s) to provide the SAC with comments about what your priorities are for a new Director of Student Services. For example, what skills, qualities, attributes and
characteristics you would like to see in the new Director of Student Services. To submit your feedback, please take our brief survey at: http://goo.gl/bp3t8m. The survey will be open until January 10, 2014.
Finally, for parents/guardians who cannot commit to the required time necessary to serve on the SAC there will be another opportunity to be involved in the process. When the finalist candidates are scheduled to visit the district, an important component of that visit will be for parents/guardians to meet and interact with the candidates and to participate in a Q&A session. This is a very important part of the process as we will be asking for feedback from all parents/guardians who participate in these sessions. Candidate feedback forms will be collected and Superintendent McAlduff will review and consider the feedback from each and every form as part of his final decision-making process.
More information about the search process will be shared with you all as it develops. Thank you.

Winchester is seeking a new Director of Student Services for the district. The Director of Student Services is a Central Office Administrator that supervises the PreK-12 Special Education, Nursing and Guidance Departments for the Winchester Public Schools. The process will be similar to the recent search for the Assistant Superintendent of Schools position. It is designed to be an open and participatory process for parents/guardians and staff alike. A Search Advisory Committee (SAC) will be established to screen applicants, identify appropriate candidates, conduct initial interviews, and make recommendations to the Superintendent. The SAC will consist of:


  •   3 teachers/staff members

  •   2 parents/guardians

  •   2 members of the leadership team

  •   1 member of the school committee

  •   1 director of personnel.


If you are interested in serving on the SAC please email Sean Walsh swalsh@winchester.k12.ma.us to let him know of your interest -- no later than 12:00pm on December 13th. Members of the SAC need to be available for meetings and interviews between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00pm on selected dates. Please see the proposed timeline below. (These are approximate dates):


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December 2 -- position posted internally and on School Spring
December 8 and December 15 -- position posted in Boston Sunday Globe

December 13th (12:00 PM) -- deadline for staff to apply to be on the SAC

January 9 -- SAC Meeting to discuss Application/Credential Review Process
January 10 -- application materials due
January 16 -- meet and select candidates for interviews
January 21 - 24 -- SAC interviews candidates and recommends finalists to Superintendent
January 27 – Feb. 7 -- finalists visit the District
February 10 - 21 -- Superintendent makes appointment


It is important for parents/guardians to provide the SAC with comments about what your priorities are for a new Director of Student Services. To submit your feedback, please take a brief survey at: http://goo.gl/bp3t8m. The survey will be open until January 10, 2014.


Parents/guardians who cannot serve on the SAC can still be involved. When finalists visit the district, an important component of the day will be meeting and interacting with parents. The District will seek written feedback from all parents/guardians who participate. Superintendent McAlduff will review and consider all comments as part of his decision making process.

Alicia Hintlian entertains visitors to the WSEPAC table at Winchester Town Day!