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Mission Valley SELPA will hold first Regional Policy Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 29th at 9:00am | Agenda

Mission Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

Mission Valley SELPA a consortium of participating school districts, which include:

District Director Contact

Newark USD

Jan Hamilton

New Haven USD

Sarah Kappler

Fremont USD

Fran English

SELPA Director

Karen Russell


SELPAThe Mission Valley SELPA was formed for the purpose of ensuring that quality special education programs and services are available throughout the area. All three school districts coordinate to provide services to identified students who require special education programs and services. The special education directors within each of the districts meet regularly to share resources and coordinate as related to shared program goals.  Presently the three districts share: 

  • Infant Services Program
  • Transition Partnership Program (TPP)
  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
    • Vacant

The Mission Valley SELPA Director is Karen Russell and she can be reached at

Mission Statement

The Mission Valley SELPA believes that all students can learn. Our mission is to support special education students in achieving a high level of academic/functional performance according to national, state, and local standards. To assure this outcome, the SELPA will provide information, resources and support to students, parents, and school staff.

Goals of the SELPA

1.  All individuals receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the lease restrictive environment (LRE).

2.  All general education resources are considered and, where appropriate, utilized on a local or regional basis to meet the needs of SWD.

3. A system exists at the regional level for the identification, assessment and placement of SWD.

4.  A viable system for public education is functioning in the community, with broad participation and interaction involving parents and other agencies serving children and young adults.

5.  An annual compliance monitoring system is implemented, and continues to assure items found to be non-compliant with the California Department of Education Quality Assurance processes, and promptly corrected in accordance with the law.

Regional Policy Board

The Mission Valley SELPA Regional Policy Board is composed of 6 voting members: the superintendents of the each district, and a board member from each district. 

Their responsibilities include:

1.     Selection of the SELPA Administrator

2.     Establishment and promotion of a Community Advisory Committee

3.     Review, approve, and monitor all budgets assigned to the SELPA

4.     Provide leadership to the SELPA regarding the development, revision, implementation and review of the Local Plan

5.     Review, approve, and monitor the allocation of special education funds to local education agencies

6.     Approval of all SELPA policies, standards and guidelines.

The Regional Policy Board meets four times over the course of the school year.

The Regional Policy Board meeting dates for this year are:

September 29, 2019 

December 15, 2020

March 23, 2021

June 22, 2021

Fremont Unified School District, Walnut Room, 9:00am - 11:00am