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Shasta County

Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

SELPA Office
3570 Rancho Road, Ste. 9
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 225-0100
Fax: (530) 225-0105

Parents are encouraged to be an active member of their child's educational community. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) acts in an advisory capacity to the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). Shasta CAC supports individuals with exceptional needs and their families who live in Shasta County. This committee provides an opportunity for parents, special education teachers, general education teachers, other school personnel, representatives of related public/private agencies, school administrators and other community members to provide important input as it relates to our special education programs.

Shasta CAC meetings are open to the public. All interested parents, teacher, students, community members, and anyone who has an interest in special education are encouraged to attend.

The Shasta CAC has responsibilities under California Education Code 56194 that include, but are not limited to:

  • assisting in parent education supporting activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs
  • recommending annual priorities or focus for the SELPA
  • providing input to the Shasta SELPA Local Plan revisions Members include parents of students with disabilities and parents of other students, teachers and administrators of both special education and regular education, and representatives from other interested agencies. At least one-half of the Shasta SELPA CAC is composed of parents.

The Shasta CAC has a seven-member Governing Board. There is also a one-year general membership for any person attending a meeting. The Shasta CAC conducts at least four business meetings held during the school year. The meetings are open to all and are conducted in a facility that meets the American Disability Act standards. The Shasta CAC sponsors events and activities designed to support awareness of parent rights, services available within the community, and general disability awareness. The Shasta CAC provides legislative advocacy on issues affecting services to students with disabilities.

CAC Parent Letter 2024-25
CAC Bylaws
CAC Guidelines

CAC Members
  • Sarah Spencer, Chairperson
  • (Vacant),  Treasurer
  • (Vacant), Co-Chairperson
  • (Vacant), Secretary
  • (Vacant), LEA Representative

Lisa Bocast, Parent
Susan Hayes, Agency Representative - Rowell Family Empowerment
Susan Putnam, Agency Representative - Far Northern Regional Center
Suz Crane, Workability - Fall River JUSD
Geralyn Elliott, Workability - Shasta UHSD




Responsibilities of CAC Members

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) shall have the authority and fulfill the responsibilities that are defined for it in the local plan. The responsibilities shall include, but need not be limited to, all the following:

A. Advising the policy and administrative entity of the district, special education local plan area, or county office, regarding the development, amendment, and review of the local plan. Review of programs under such plan, the selection of the SELPA Director. The CAC participates with the SELPA Director in implementing the CAC’s responsibilities. The entity shall review and consider comments from the Community Advisory Committee.

B. Recommending annual priorities to be addressed by the plan.

C. Assisting in parent education and in recruiting parents and other volunteers who may contribute to the implementation of the plan.

D. Encouraging community involvement in the development and review of the local plan.

E. Supporting activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.

F. Assisting in parent awareness of the importance of regular school attendance.

Would You Like to Become a Member of the CAC?

General membership is open to parents, professionals, agencies, and others interested in assisting individuals with exceptional needs in Shasta County. Persons interested in serving as a CAC Board member must attend at least two consecutive meetings of the CAC prior to submitting their name for a board vacancy. If you would like to become a general member or board member of the Shasta CAC, please contact the SELPA office at (530) 225-0100 during usual business hours and provide the following information:

City, State, Zip
Phone Number
Board or General Member







SELPA Conference Room
3570 Rancho Road, Ste. 9; Redding, CA  96002
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


September 11, 2024

November 13, 2024

January 8, 2025

March 12, 2025

May 14, 2025

June 11, 2025

Copies of Agendas including attachments, previous Agendas, or Minutes can be requested from the SELPA Office.