SEAC (pronounced “seek”) is an acronym for Special Education Advisory Council, a group that provides input on special education issues to its local school district. Its purpose is to advise and advocate, not to decide policy. Minnesota law requires each school district to have a SEAC which could be offered in cooperation with an education district.  The law does not specify how the group should be organized or what duties they should perform. Each SEAC may have a unique mission and structure.


Increase the awareness of parents of children with disabilities in district policy and decision making, collaborate with districts on policies and decisions affecting and/or related to special education, recommend priorities to be addressed by the district in annual and long-term strategic plans, encourage parent-involvement opportunities, addressing children with special needs, build collaboration between the special education team which includes parents, general and special education professionals.


Each Member District and School is served by an HVED Director of Special Education who monitors and supports special education services in each district and school.


HVED Program: Early Intervention (Birth to Age 3)
HVED Member Districts: Chatfield, Dover-Eyota, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, St. Charles

Director of Special Education, Zach Selnes, Ed. S. zselnes@hved.org
Dover-Eyota Elementary School
27 Knowledge Road SE
Eyota, MN 55934

HVED Program: River Valley Academy Area Learning Center, Winona, MN
HVED Member Districts: Caledonia, La Crescent-Hokah, Wabasha-Kellogg

Director of Special Education, Dr. Clover Schmitt, Ph.D.  cschmitt@hved.org
La Crescent-Hokah Secondary School
1301 Lancer Blvd, La Crescent, MN 55947 507.730.2485
Administrative Assistant, Tarah Sandven tsandven@hved.org

HVED Program: SAIL Program, Kellogg, MN (Federal Setting IV Behavior Program)

Director of Special Education, Jen Ihrke  
51 Red School Lane, Kellogg, MN 55945
Administrative Assistant, Breyan Richardson brichardson@hved.org


HVED Program: SPECTRUM Program, Hokah, MN (Federal Setting IV Autism Program)

Director of Special Education, Jen Ihrke  jihrke@hved.org 
 211 Main Street, Hokah, MN 55941
Program Assistant, Autumn Beach abeach@hved.org


HVED Member Districts and Charter Schools: Bluffview, Lanesboro, Lewiston-Altura, Mabel-Canton, Ridgeway, Rollingstone, Rushford-Peterson, Spring Grove

Director of Special Education, Tracy Tweeten-Lind, Ed.S. ttweeten-lind@hved.org
Rushford-Peterson Schools
1000 Pine Meadows Lane, Rushford, MN 55971



Contact: SEAC