Brad Siegel, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Gianna Apicella, M.A., B.C.B.A
Director of Special Education
The Upper Saddle River Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) was developed in 2008 to facilitate positive communication between parents and school staff, as well as to fulfill the requirements of the New Jersey Administrative code 6A:14-1.2(h):
"Each Board of Education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities."
The Upper Saddle River SEPAC will work in cooperation with the Director of Special Services in an advisory capacity to:
- Facilitate communication of services and information for families of children with special needs.
- Provide advisory information on issues pertaining to special education services in the district.
- Establish goals for maintaining high quality special education programs and services.
- Foster parent involvement in parent education resources.
The SEPAC committee will be comprised of nine to eleven members, with representation as follows:
- Two parents from each of the three schools
- Two parents with students in out-of-district placements
- One parent from the preschool program
- One or two general education representatives
If you would like to be a member of the SEPAC board, please contact Gianna Apicella, Director of Special Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by September 15th.
Representative Contact Information
SEPAC encourages parents who may have questions about special education to contact their home school or out of district representative listed below.
Traci Altman email@example.com
Lauren Gallo firstname.lastname@example.org Joie Sendroff email@example.com Semone Bamboat firstname.lastname@example.org
Cavallini Middle School
Erika Dobriner email@example.com Ning Pollak firstname.lastname@example.org Maribel Kestenbaum email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Marianne Cosgrove email@example.com
Tania Sanchez firstname.lastname@example.org
Any parent who wishes to discuss an issue directly with the Director of Special Education is encouraged to contact Gianna Apicella directly at email@example.com.