ESE Advisory Committee

  • 2020-2021 School Year

    The next ESE Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00pm through a virtual platform.  Additional meeting information will be provided in the fall of 2020.


    … Anyone interested in attending the Pinellas County Schools Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Advisory Committee Meetings are welcome. The function of the forum is to allow all stakeholder groups, to include, but not limited to parents, teachers, administrators, district personnel and community members to collaborate, gain information and have opportunities for input and involvement regarding ESE programs, practices, and procedures. Various membership positions are available on an ongoing basis. For more additional information and/or preregistration, please contact Tracy McMannus at or (727)588-6062.


    ESE Advisory Membership 2020-2021

    Special Note: In the event you are requiring additional assistance in accessessing the information contained on this resource site, please contact the Pinellas County Schools ESE Parent Services contact person, Tracy McMannus.  Email at or by phone at (727)588-6062.


    What is Pinellas County Schools ESE Advisory Committee?

    ESE Advisory is a group of parents, students, community agencies, and school and district staff who are interested in exceptional student education in Pinellas County Schools.
    ESE Advisory Overview

    What is the purpose of ESE Advisory?

    The purpose of the ESE Advisory Committee is to serve in an advisory capacity to ensure that all stakeholders involved in exceptional student education in Pinellas County Schools are informed and provided with the opportunity to be involved in the education of exceptional students.

    What are the functions of ESE Advisory?
    To increase knowledge of exceptional education for all stakeholder groups, to include, but not be limited to: parents*, both general and exceptional education teachers, administrators, district personnel and community members. Knowledge will be shared via presentations, training, classroom visitations, mentors, web site and informational brochures.

    1. *The IDEA definition of parent is used, meaning the person acting as the parent.
    2. To act as a communication link and increase communication skills for all stakeholder groups.
    3. To review the annual budget for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allocation to Pinellas County Schools and make recommendations for its use, recognizing that approval of the budget is delegated to the Pinellas County School Board and the Florida Department of Education. Additional budget information relating to exceptional students may be requested and reviewed by the committee.
    4. To provide an annual executive summary highlighting committee activities to the Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Student Education. This report shall be incorporated in the annual IDEA discretionary grant application, which is submitted to the Pinellas County School Board and the Florida Department of Education. The annual executive summary may be presented to the board at a regularly scheduled meeting.

    Who can attend ESE Advisory?

    All interested people may attend, as the meetings are open to the public. The committee has 50 membership positions for elected members representing all district stakeholder groups. Non-committee members are asked to RSVP through Tracy McMannus at or (727)588-6062.  Thank you.   
    Parent Memberships/Representatives needed: 
    Vacancies in the following Eligibility areas:  Gifted Learner (1)
    Student Memberships/Representatives needed:
    Vacancies for High School/Extended Transition Students (2)
    PCS District Staff Representatives Openings include: 
    Vacancies for a Co-Chairperson District Representative, General Education Teacher Grades 6-8, General Education Teacher Grades 9-12, Support Staff PreK-5, Support Staff 6-8, Administrator 6-8, Administrator 9-12, ESE District Administrative or Resource Staff.
    If interested in being an ESE Advisory Committee member representative you may contact Tracy McMannus - ESE Parent Services/Staff Developer via phone (727)588-6062 or email interest to  Thank you. 

    What does it mean that ESE Advisory meetings are subject to Florida's Sunshine Law?

    Participants are cautioned that when discussing their child in a public forum, they are giving up their rights to confidentiality. Parents and teachers may only waive their own right to confidentiality and not that of another parent or student. It is important that no personally identifiable information about someone else be shared at meetings.



ESE Parent Survey Data/Results

Procedures and Information

Meeting Records

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