About Us

Welcome to the West Orange County SELPA

The West Orange County Consortium for Special Education (WOCCSE) is a SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) that encompasses five school districts in Orange County, California serving approximately 5,300 special education students.  The member districts are:

Fountain Valley School District

Huntington Beach City School District

Huntington Beach Union High School District

Ocean View School District

Westminster School District


Our Mission 

WOCCSE facilitates the educational success of learners with special needs by providing services and support to students, staff, and families in collaboration with all member districts.


Our Vision

Through competent, flexible, and reliable support of districts and families, each student will be provided access, and demonstrate growth and success, resulting from quality instruction and services.

WOCCSE Strategic Plan

WOCCSE Local Plan Assurances


The governing body of WOCCSE is the Superintendents’ Council that is composed of the superintendents from each of the five member districts.

Dr. Mark Johnson, Fountain Valley School District

Gregg Haulk, Huntington Beach City School District

Dr. Alan Rasmussen (Interim), Huntington Beach Union High School District

Dr. Carol Hansen, Ocean View School District

Dr. Marian Phelps, Westminster School District

Members of the Superintendents’ Council are responsible to the governing boards of the local education agencies in the SELPA.  Policies and procedures adopted by the Council provide direction for all aspects of the SELPA, including uniform practices to be used by the member districts in the provision of special education programs and services outlined in the Local Plan.  The Council has fiscal responsibilities for reviewing and approving the WOCCSE budget and the allocation of special education funds to the member districts.  Meetings are held four times a year.

Superintendents' Council Meeting Schedule 2016-2017. 

Superintendents' Council Agenda May 18, 2016

Superintendents' Council Agenda June 15, 2016

Superintendents' Council Agenda September 21, 2016

What is a SELPA

In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for special education needs of children residing within the region boundaries.  Each region or consortium, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services. Today, there are approximately 125 SELPAs in the state.  The West Orange County Consortium for Special Education is a SELPA of five districts and is responsible for the implementation of the WOCCSE Local Plan and ensuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

The SELPA provides the following:

  • The assurance that appropriate programs and services are provided to meet the needs of students with disabilities within the SELPA

  • Program/curriculum development

  • Staff development


  • Fiscal management and allocation of special education funds

  • Data collection/management

  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC) support

  • Policies and procedures for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations

  • State compliance monitoring systems

  • Dispute resolution

California Special Education Local Plan Areas