About the SECAC-PG

The Maryland State Code of Law (COMAR), Section 13a.05.02.13.I states that each school system in the State of Maryland will have a Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC). Our organization serves as this advisory committee for the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Department of Special Education.

To learn about SECACs in Maryland, please see the Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin 11: Special Education Advisory Committees.


Our Mission and Purpose

  • To enable the community to participate in the educational process and to make that process more knowledgeable about and responsive to the unique and multifaceted needs of students with disabilities.
  • To ensure that parents are actively and meaningfully involved in the educational process.
  • To advise the Board of Education, Superintendent, Director of Special Education, and the community at large of the unmet needs of students with disabilities.
  • To facilitate effective communication and collaboration between Prince George’s County Public School System and students, families, advocates and other interested community members.
  • Increasing awareness to foster respect and encourage acceptance of person with disabilities both within the school community and the community at large.
  • To strive to fulfill the intent and spirit of the laws that defines and protects the rights of an individual with disabilities.
  • To receive requests from the Director of Special Education, Superintendent, the Board of Education and the community at large.
  • To research inquiries or concerns and make recommendations or other appropriate responses to the Director of Special Education, Superintendent, Board of Education and/or the community in a timely manner.
  • To provide a forum for countywide citizen input on special education programs, related services and relevant issues.

Board of Directors

SECAC-PG Board: 2013-2014
Citizens of Prince George’s County
Chair Pam Talley kpztalley@msn.com
Vice Chair Sarah Wayland sarah.wayland@gmail.com
Treasurer Amani Kharma mkharma@aol.com
Secretary Lisa Wilkins lbwilkins.lb@gmail.com
Assistant Secretary Joi Moorer joimoorer@hotmail.com
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Associate Superintendent of Special Education & Student Services Gwendolyn Mason
301-952-6834
Gwendolyn.Mason@pgcps.org
Director
Special Education
Trinell Bowman
301-431-5630
Trinell.Bowman@pgcps.org
Coordinating
Supervisor
Mary Bell mary.bell@pgcps.org
Coordinating
Supervisor
Scott Geist scott.geist@pgcps.org

By-Laws

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