Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

What is the CAC? 

The CAC is a group of parents, educators, service providers, and others who advocate for the needs of students with disabilities of all kinds and their families.

The CAC is mandated by the California Education Code (Sections 56190-56194), which states that each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) must form a CAC.

Our Local Plan Area includes the three school districts in Modoc County: Modoc Joint Unified, Surprise Valley Joint Unified, and Tulelake Basin Joint Unified.

What are the activities of the CAC? 

Review the Local Plan for Special Education 

Suggest annual priorities

Assist in parent education

Encourage community involvement

Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs 

To do this, the CAC

            Holds regular business meetings

            Plans special workshops

            Recruits special speakers

            Participates in meetings with school staff and with other CACs

For more information, or to be placed on the CAC mailing list for announcements or meetings, workshops, and special speakers, contact the SELPA Administrative Assistant at (530) 233-7110.

The CAC Officers for 2018-19 are:

            Chairperson - Michele Barber
            Vice Chair - Stacy Sphar
            Secretary/Treasurer & Historian/Librarian - Beverly Hitchfield


Rhonda Haselip Invitational (RHI)
(formerly Northern California Invitational)

This was the sixth year for this very special event, and it continues to grow every year. Last year the name of the event was changed to the Rhonda Haselip Invitational to honor Rhonda Haselip who was such a huge part in making this event what it is today.

This year we had over 120 participants, countless volunteers, and many more community members who stopped by to watch. 

Participants came from as far away as Quincy, Susanville, Burney, McArthur, and Lakeview. Students from Modoc JUSD, Surprise Valley JUSD, and Early Head Start were also in attendance.

Events for school-age to adult included: 50-, and 100- yard dashes; softball/baseball throw; long jump; and an obstacle relay race. Early Head Start provided numerous activities geared for the toddlers.

Each participant received an RHI T-Shirt when they registered. Event sponsors were also given T-shirts, and members of the public had the opportunity to buy a shirt on site. These T-shirts were produced by John Wisser Construction, a local business that has supported this event for the past six years.

Everyone who participated in an event was awarded a medal at the end of the event. Everyone is a winner!

Proceeds from donations were used to cover expenses (T-shirts and awards) and contributed to a $250 CAC scholarship, which was awarded to four students. One from Modoc High School, and three from Surprise Valley High. The hope is that this scholarship money will increase each year and that more students will have the opportunity to apply for and be awarded this special scholarship at the end of their senior year.

The CAC would like to thank the Alturas Rotary. Without their support of monetary donations and volunteers for planning and participation in the event, none of this would be possible.

CAC Meetings

The CAC meets the third Tuesday of each month, with the exceptions of July, August, and December and other calendar conflicts. The meetings are held at 12:00 p.m. at the Modoc County Office of Education, 139 Henderson Street, Alturas.

Monica Hays,
Jun 21, 2016, 9:02 AM
Monica Hays,
Jun 21, 2016, 9:03 AM
Sep 24, 2013, 10:39 AM
Sep 24, 2013, 10:41 AM