2022-23 Community Advisory Committee

CAC Mission

The CAC's ultimate goal is to ensure that students succeed in maximizing their potential, receive the best possible education, and have equal access to all services. The CAC collaborates with the local SELPA to ensure that the educational requirements of special education students are met. The CAC serves as a liaison between SELPA, the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), local districts, families, community members, students, and teachers, so that all voices are heard. The organization also provides consumer education, information, and referral to resources. The Sonoma County Community Advisory Committee (CAC) advises the local Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) as specified by the State Education Code Part 30, Sections 56001, 56190-56194, 56195.7, 56195.9, 56200, 56205, 56240, 56728.7, and 56780.

More information about the CAC and its operations can be found in the CAC Bylaws (see Related Documents).

CAC Executive Board Members

  • Sarah Ponsford - CAC Executive Chairperson
  • Emily King - Vice Chair
  • Virginia Schiff - Community Engagement
  • Jennifer Lemas - Secretary
  • Larkin O'Leary - Voting Member
  • Susan Langer - SELPA Representative

Message from the CAC president

View a message from the CAC president, Sarah Ponsford

Meeting Recordings

View a recording of the January 23, 2023 CAC meeting.Use the following passcode to access the recording: 4YA?4GqM

CAC Meetings

All CAC meetings are open to the public. Meetings will be held at the Rohnert Park Education Center, 5860 Labath Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928, from 6:30-7:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Each meeting will have a topic and guest speaker. Be sure to get on the email list to receive an agenda prior to the meeting. Please contact the SELPA office at (707) 524-2750 with inquiries.

The CAC informational brochure includes the meeting dates and topics planned for the Community Advisory Committee. It is available in English and Spanish (see Related Documents).

2022-23 Meeting Schedule:

Date Topic Location/Agenda
September 20, 2022 6-7:30pm. Mixer and Emergency Preparedness resources. Refreshments will be served. More information coming. Rohnert Park Education Center
November 15, 2022 Rescheduled
January 23, 2023 6:30-7:30pm. Presenter: Jennifer Nix, General Counsel School
and College Legal Services of California
Rescheduled from November 15th
April 18, 2023 TBD TBD

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