The North Inland Special Education Region (NISER) - Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is a multi-district SELPA comprised of ten school districts in the northeast quadrant of San Diego County. The region covers over 2,000 square miles of mountains, valleys, and deserts between I-15 and Imperial County. There are approximately 42,000 students enrolled in the districts. Special education services are provided to 5,500 children with disabilities.
Sparsity and geographic barriers make it difficult to serve all children with disabilities in their home school. NISER has organized its resources so that nearly all students will receive the necessary education no farther away than the neighboring district.
The NISER SELPA is administered by a senior director. Larger districts provide their own program specialist services supported by SELPA funds. Program specialist services are provided by SELPA staff to the smaller districts. The budget for regionalized services and program specialist is approximately $900,000 per year. The Operations Committee (district administrators) meet monthly to coordinate services among the districts within NISER — including the location of resources — plan staff and parent training opportunities, and discuss needed changes in policies and/or procedures due to legislative changes. The SELPA is also responsible for administering and monitoring compliance with state and federal mandates.
According to the local plan, the governance structure of the SELPA is established by agreement among the governing boards of the member districts. It consists of the Superintendents Council, the Executive Committee, and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Through regular meetings, and with the work of all the North Inland governance and advisory committees, policies, procedures, and guidelines are developed for the identification, assessment, and placement of students.
Fiscal management is an essential function of the SELPA. The senior director administers the NISER Funding Allocation Plan for the purposes of ensuring appropriate distribution and use of federal, state, and local funds allocated for special education to the Local Education Agencies (LEAs). The senior director coordinates ongoing reviews for fiscal equity.
The districts in the North Inland SELPA are: Borrego Springs Unified, Escondido Union Elementary, Escondido Union High, Julian Union Elementary, Julian Union High, Ramona Unified, San Pasqual Union, Spencer Valley, Valley Center-Pauma Unified, and Warner Unified. Educational services to eligible infants are provided by the HOPE Infant Family Support Program operated by the San Diego County Office of Education.
For further information regarding the role of a SELPA, please visit the County SELPAs page.