Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

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The Mendocino County SELPA serves approximately 1,700 of the 12,000 students in Mendocino County’s public schools. 

There are approximately 133 SELPAs in the State, ranging in size from those fewer than a 1,000 students to those serving more than 10,000 students. Each SELPA must have an Administrative Unit (AU) which is the legal entity that receives funds and is responsible for seeing that every eligible child received a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The Mendocino County Office of Education is the AU for the Mendocino County SELPA.

The Mendocino County SELPA provides support to the districts in the following areas:

  • Program Development
  • Program Availability to all Students with Disabilities
  • Professional Development
  • Parent Support and Training
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Management Information System (MIS)
  • Fiscal Allocation and Monitoring

For additional information or resources, please contact the SELPA office at (707) 467-5166.

For Procedural Safeguards, please visit our Legal Disclosures page. 


The mission of the Mendocino County SELPA is to support special education students in achieving a high level of academic/functional performance according to national, state, and local standards. To assure this outcome, the SELPA department will provide information, resources and support to students, parents, and all schools within our county.


All students can learn and students with disabilities must be given an equal opportunity to become contributing members of their community. 

Fax: (707) 462-4898

Local Plan

The California Department of Education (CDE) requires that each SELPA obtain approval for the Local Plan, Annual Budget and Service Plans following a public hearing by its governing board. The Superintendent’s Policy Council held a public hearing on Friday, May 14, 2021 to review the 2021-2022 Local Plan, Annual Budget Plan, Annual Service Plan, and supporting attachments.


Inland Office

Gina Danner, Executive Director


Phone: (707) 467-5167

Email: gdanner@mcoe.us

Melinda Maxwell, Program & Fiscal Analyst


Phone: (707) 467-5166

Email: mmaxwell@mcoe.us

Ryan Weidaw, Program Specialist


Phone: (707) 467-5196

Email: rweidaw@mcoe.us

Michela Figini-Meyers, Behavior Specialist


Phone: (707) 467-5175

Email: michela@mcoe.us

Marisa Sizemore, Program Specialist


Phone: (707) 467-5178

Email: msizemore@mcoe.us

Kristina Lewis, Program Manager, WorkAbility I / Transition Partnership Programs


Phone: (707) 467-5171

Email: klewis@mcoe.us

Teresa Erickson, Program Secretary, WorkAbility I / Transition Partnership Programs


Phone: (707) 467-5176

Email: terickson@mcoe.us

Coast Office

Amy Hanson, Program Specialist


Phone: (707) 467-5065

Email: ahanson@mcoe.us

Veronica Bazor, Administrative Secretary - Coast

Superintendent's Office

Phone: (707) 467-5060

Fax: (707) 964-6219

Email: vbazor@mcoe.us