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The Lake County Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) is made up of the six Lake County school districts and the County Office of Education. These Local Education Agencies (LEAs) collaborate to offer a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to every Individual with Exceptional Needs.

A SELPA is a state-mandated consortium that provides for all the special education service needs of children residing within the regional boundaries. There are approximately 116 SELPA's in California. Each SELPA develops and is governed by a Local Plan describing how it provides special education services.

SELPA Vision Statement

At the Lake County SELPA our vision is to be an advocate for excellence in Special Education programming and services. Our dedication extends to supporting Lake County Local Education Agencies in achieving compliance and building their capacity to meet the unique needs of every learner. 

SELPA Mission Statement

Through our five foundational pillars, DEVELOPING, BUILDING, PROVIDING, FACILITATING and PARTICIPATING, we are committed to continuous improvement, ensuring that every student with unique needs receives the highest quality education in the least restrictive environment. Together, with the Local Education Agencies, we strive to provide opportunities to empower every student to reach their full potential. 

SELPA Governance

The LAKE COUNTY GOVERNANCE COUNCIL is the governing body of the Lake County SELPA.

The GOVERNANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (GCAC) is the advisory body to the Governance Council. 

The COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE is a dynamic partnership between parents, educators and community members, and advises the member school districts of the SELPA regarding provision of services, annual priorities, local plan development, parent education and support, and other related special education activities. 

Responsibilities of SELPA

Responsibilities of the SELPA include:

  • Ensuring Program Availability for all Children with Disabilities
  • Low Incidence Services
  • Liaison with California State Dept. of Education
  • Curriculum/Program Development Support
  • Staff development
  • Community Advisory Committee Support
  • Management Information System
  • Transition Planning
  • Legal Assistance
  • Personnel Development
  • Budget Planning and Review
  • Evaluation
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Program Coordination
  • Fiscal Management
  • Program Specialists

SELPA Administrator

The SELPA Administrator is responsible for assuring that:

  • All individuals with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
  • All regular education resources are considered and, where appropriate, utilized on a local or regional basis to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
  • A system exists at the regional level for identification, assessment and placement of disabled students.


Nicole Wells
Executive Director SELPA

Crystal Niderost
Admin Assistant
(707) 262-4131 

Laura Sombs
Budget Analyst 
(707) 262-4137

Olivia Pantaleon
WorkAbility Employment Specialist
(707) 262-4138   

Mark Retan
Program Specialist
(707) 262-4132   

Cody Brull
APE Teacher
(707) 262-5895