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SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Bossier Parish School Board Special Education Advisory Council shall provide advice and feedback regarding special education policies, procedures, and resources. The council shall also engage in outreach activities to the community at large to increase the level of knowledge, support, and collaboration with respect to special education.
The Superintendent shall seek applications for council membership from parents or legal guardians of students with an exceptionality other than gifted and talented, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and other stakeholders. The number of council members and composition of the council shall be determined by the Superintendent. The council’s members shall be comprised of the following:
Except as included herein, fifty percent (50%) of the membership
shall be parents or legal guardians of students with an exceptionality,
other than gifted and talented, who are enrolled in a school under
the jurisdiction of or who are receiving special education services
from the School Board, none of whom shall be employees of the School
Board. One high school student with an exceptionality,
other than gifted and talented, and one person who represents an entity
that serves students with disabilities or families of students with
disabilities and who is not an employee of the School Board may be
counted to meet the requirement.
At least ten percent (10%) of the membership shall be special
education stakeholders who are not represented by council members
selected under the provisions of 1 and 3 hereof.
At least one member shall be a teacher, principal, or paraprofessional who serves students with disabilities and who works in a school under the jurisdiction of the School Board.
In selecting council members, an effort shall be made to include parents of students in elementary, middle, and high school grades.
A council should be comprised of at least eight (8) members. If a council has fewer than eight members, the Superintendent shall provide an explanation of his/her decision to establish a council with fewer than eight (8) members. The explanation shall be provided to the council, and the council shall include it as an addendum to the report required below.
The Superintendent shall designate the chairperson of the council. The chairperson shall call the council’s meetings, preside over the meetings, and establish the agendas for the meetings.
The Special Education Advisory Council shall meet at least three (3) times a year. A written report shall be prepared by the Special Education Advisory Council and submitted to the Superintendent in May of each year regarding its activities. The Superintendent shall ensure that the report is posted on the School Board's website, and all such reports shall be submitted to the state Department of Education.
There shall be no liability or cause of action against the public school district or any officer or employee thereof for any action taken by members of the Special Education Advisory Council.
New policy: November 21, 2019
Revised: November 10, 2022
Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:1944.1, 42:12, 42:13, 42:14, 42:15, 42:16, 42:17, 42:19, 42:20, 42:24, 42:25
Board minutes, 11-21-19, 11-10-22
Bossier Parish School Board