Local Special Education Task Force

  • MISSION:
    The Local Special Education Task Force serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in 13 school districts in Monroe, Northampton, and parts of Pike County. The following districts are included:
    • Bangor Area
    • Bethlehem Area
    • Delaware Valley
    • East Stroudsburg Area
    • Easton Area
    • Nazareth Area
    • Northampton Area
    • Pen Argyl Area
    • Pleasant Valley
    • Pocono Mountain
    • Saucon Valley
    • Stroudsburg Area
    • Wilson Area
    The role of the Local Special Education Task Force is to assist parents of students with special needs in understanding the laws/regulations that affect their rights and help develop an appropriate education for the student with special needs.

    MEETING SCHEDULE:

    The 2018-2019 Local Task Force meeting dates are as follows:
    • Monday, September 17, 2018
    • Monday, October 15, 2018
    • Monday, November 19, 2018 (Snow Date Tuesday, November 20, 2018)
    • Monday, January 7, 2019 (Snow Date Tuesday, January 8, 2019)
    • Monday, March 11, 2019 (Snow Date Tuesday, March 12, 2019)
    • Monday, May 6, 2019

    All meeting are held at the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 office in Palmer Township in Easton from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    HISTORY:

    The Local Special Education Task Force system was established in 1972. The PARC Consent Decree guaranteed a free public program of education for all school-aged persons with mental retardation or thought-to-have mental retardation regardless of their intellectual functioning. It provided for the establishment of a local Task Force in each of the 29 Intermediate Units “to ensure that the intent and spirit of the Agreement is carried out throughout the Commonwealth.”

    MEMBERSHIP:

    Membership of the Local Special Education Task Force is made up of Parents of children with special needs (Consumers), School Officials, and Representatives serving school-age children with special needs. The Task Force has at least one more consumer than the total number of agency representatives.
    Members include:
           
             Ms. Nikki Huggan/Consumer (Bangor)
             Vacancy/Consumer (Bethlehem)
             Vacancy/Consumer (Delaware Valley)
             Mrs. Migdalia Neely, Vice Chair/Consumer (East Stroudsburg)
             Mrs. Leslie McKelvey, Chair/Consumer (Easton)
             Mr. & Mrs. William Kropa/Consumers (Nazareth)
             Ms. Rhonda Tucker/Consumer (Northampton)
             Mrs. Kimberly Wismer/Consumer (Pen Argyl)
             Ms. Lucille Piggott-Prawl/Consumer (Pleasant Valley)
             Vacancy/Consumer (Pocono Mountain)
             Ms. Melinda Williams/Consumer (Saucon Valley)
             Ms. Adria Laboy/Consumer (Stroudsburg)
             Mrs. Jennifer Dietrick/Consumer (Wilson)   
             Ms. Wendy Novak/Northampton County AE
             Mrs. Mary Ann Gostony/Down’s Syndrome Parents Network
             Mrs. Susan Kluge/The Arc of Lehigh-No. Counties, Youth Advocate
             Ms. Suzanne Mulhern/The Arc of Lehigh-No. Counties, Youth Advocate
             Ms. Corey Cook/Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
             Mrs. Kimberly Resh/Mikayla's Voice 
             Mrs. Lynne Star/Superintendent Representative   
             Mrs. Jacquelyn Bartek/Director of Special Education, CIU 20

          DUTIES OF THE LOCAL SPECIAL EDUCATION TASK FORCE:
    • Monitor programs and services for school-age children with special needs, making recommendations for their improvement, expansion, or termination.
    • Assist the Administration in carrying out the Right to Education Consent Agreement.
    • Assist parents of students with special needs in understanding the laws/regulations that affect their rights and help develop an appropriate education for the student with special needs.
    • Review recommendations of the State Task Force and advise the Administration of any recommendation which should be adopted or implemented in the CIU 20 area.
    • Encourage cooperation with public and private agencies which provide services to school-age children with special needs.
    • Identify local needs and problems and develop recommendations for consideration by appropriate agencies.
    • Recommend solutions to problems in areas of concern as identified or brought to the attention of the Task Force.
    • Advise on the best methods of informing the community about programs of special education.
    • Review Intermediate Unit and District Special Education Plans and make recommendations which will help assure that they meet the needs of school-age children with special needs.
    • Assist the State Task Force in the collection of data to determine the effectiveness of the Right to Education Consent Agreement.

Contact Information

  • Officers:
     
    Mrs. Leslie McKelvey
    Chairperson
    leslie.mckelvey@yahoo.com
     
     
    Mrs. Migdalia Neely
    Vice Chair
    migdalia.neely@gmail.com
     
     
     

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