Special Education Advisory Committee

Bedford County Public Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Bedford County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is comprised of parents of eligible students who receive special education and/or related services and reside in the division; other interested persons from the community, and educators in the field who have an interest in special education. This committee provides advice concerning the needs of children with disabilities receiving special education services and assists in the formulation and development of services and planning to meet these needs. 

Bedford’s SEAC Meetings are open to the public and public comments are welcome and limited to three minutes per person for a maximum length of twenty minutes.**

The Special Education Advisory Committee meetings are scheduled as follows for the 2023-24 school year:

SEAC Meetings for 2023-24
NOVEMBER 8, 2023 (5:45-7:15 PM)
DECEMBER 13, 2023 (6:00-7:15 PM)
JANUARY 18, 2023 (6:00-7:15 PM) (Canceled due to weather)
FEBRUARY 15, 2024 (6:00-7:15 PM)
MARCH 19, 2024 (6:00-7:15 PM)
*Location-Moneta Public Library
APRIL 10, 2024 (6:00-7:15 PM)
*Location-Forest Public Library
MAY 14, 2024 (6:00-7:15 PM)

**Location for all meetings unless otherwise specified:  310 South Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523


Family Supports & Services Resource Handout - SEAC (Microsoft Word)

Financial Supports Resource Handout-SEAC (Microsoft Word)

Mental and Behavioral Health -Resource Handout-SEAC (Microsoft Word)

Recreation Activities - Resource Handout- SEAC (Microsoft Word)

Transition Resource Handout - SEAC (Microsoft Word)

Treatment & Therapies - Resource Handout - SEAC (Microsoft Word)

Education Resource Handout - SEAC (Microsoft Word)

***If you are interested in becoming a SEAC member please fill out the following application and fax, mail, or email to the following address:

Kelly D. Jennings
Bedford County Public Schools
PO Box 748
Bedford, VA 24523
Fax:  540-586-7703
[email protected]

SEAC Bylaws update BCPS 2020 (PDF)

BCPS SEAC Job Description & Application (PDF)

2023-2024 Special Education Advisory Committee


Denise Kennedy, SEAC Chair                              
Community Rep

Heather Dooley, Secretary
Agency Representative   
Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living (LACIL)

Katie Clark, Special Education Teacher
Teacher Representative
Bedford County Public Schools

Liberty zone:                                      
Chelsea Updike, Parent 
Aven Alford, Parent
Amber Holdren, Parent
Kristie Newcomb, Parent

JF zone:
Sara Bridges, Parent 

SR zone:

Johnathan, School Board Member Representative
[email protected]

Staff Consultant:

Kelly Jennings, M. Ed.
Director of Special Services                                                                        
P.O. Box 748                                              
Bedford, VA 24523                                      
540-586-1045 Ext.10252                             
[email protected]                        

Questions regarding the Special Education Advisory Committee can be directed to the Special Education office at 540-586-1045.