• SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENTS'ADVISORY COUNCIL (SEPAC)

    Dr. Brad Siegel
    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 gapicella@usrschoolsk8.com, 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.  

    SCHOOL

    PARENT NAME

    Email

    Reynolds Elementary

    Traci Altman

    nytraci@gmail.com

    Bogert Elementary

    Lauren Gallo

     lms10028@yahoo.com

    Joie Sendroff

    joieod@gmail.com

    Semone Bamboat

    semone06@hotmail.com

    Cavallini Middle School

    Erika Dobriner

    lefari3@gmail.com

    Maribel Kestenbaum

    belkestenbaum@yahoo.com

    Ning Pollak

    nhpollak@gmail.com

     Out-of-District Students

    Deena Campanelli

    deenacampanelli@aol.com

    Marianne Cosgrove

    cosgrovemb@hotmail.com

    504/General Education

    Tania Sanchez

    tania.sanchez3@aol.com

    Any parent who wishes to discuss an issue directly with the Director of Special Education is encouraged to contact Gianna Apicella directly at gapicella@usrschoolsk8.com.