Special Education

South Orange Maplewood Special Education

The director of Special Education services for South Orange Maplewood is Dr. Lauren Reisenauer: lreisena@somsd.k12.nj.us or (973) 762-5600, ext. 1840

Information and district resources can be found at http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/Page/206

Each school in the district is represented by a Special Education liaison. The liaison for Clinton Elementary is Ava Padmore, fourava@yahoo.com.
You may contact her with any questions or concerns regarding special needs services.

Special Education PTO is a district wide PTO that provides parents with tools and information to work collaboratively with the school district, and to be more effective advocates for their children. They are working together with the Parenting Center to host monthly meetings to help families network with other families and share information about special education concerns, successes, resources, and to navigate special education.

Membership to the SpED-PTO is free. Questions? Email: somaspedpto@gmail.com

Other subgroups of the Parenting Center include:

Adoptive Parent Group
ADD/ADHD Parent Group
Strength for Their Journey; a group committed to “identifying ways to protect and empower black students in our schools and in our community”

All meetings take place at the Board of Education Building (525 Academy St, Maplewood) from 7:30-9 PM.

Link to the Parenting Center: Parenting Center

South Orange/Maplewood Sp. Ed. PTO Facebook group

This is a private Facebook group of the Special Ed PTO set up as another opportunity to provide information, resources and support. For those concerned about confidentiality, this group is NOT anonymous.


SEPAC stands for Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. Special Education Parent Advisory Groups are required for all school districts in New Jersey. The purpose of these groups is to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input into their district’s special education programs.

All meetings are held at 525 Academy St. Maplewood at 7:30 pm.
Meeting minutes and more can be found at www.somsepac.org

SEPAC resources:

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