Plainfielders can hope we are beginning to pull the car out of the ditch with regard to personnel issues in the Plainfield school district.
Coming back from Christmas shopping yesterday, I discovered an emailed press release from the Board of Ed announcing a Policy Committee meeting on January 5 to 'review policies and procedures related to District human resources'.
Chaired by BOE member Christian Estevez, the aim is to review all current procedures in HR with an eye to ensuring they are being carried out 'at all levels'.
While attention has almost exclusively been focused on the trials and travails of 'Jane Doe 1' and 'Jane Doe 2', commenters on this blog and elsewhere have raised the issue of other employees filling slots for which they do not have certification.
As I suggested in my most recent post on the schools mess (see here), the flap over the handling of the 'Jane Doe 1' and 'Jane Doe 2' situation gives a perfect opening to the District to address other personnel certification issues that have been alleged.
A thorough review -- and corrective actions where necessary -- with a public report on findings and actions taken would go a long way to reassure the taxpayers (the 'public' in public education, in case anyone has forgotten), that the Board of Ed is not simply a rubber stamp for the Superintendent, but takes its responsibilities to the public seriously.
If there do turn out to be issues needing resolution, I hope that the Board of Ed will take up the necessary actions 'without fear or favor' with regard to stakeholders' vying interests.
Satisfying the public that personnel matters are being handled in accordance with policies and procedures, and that all are treated fairly but that all must comply, should help the Board of Ed and Dr. Gallon get back to the REAL business of education, from which these last weeks have been a distraction.
That would be a good thing.
Along with drawing necessary lessons from this experience so as not to have to repeat it in the future.
- Plainfield Today: "Schools, again: Must Gallon go?"
-- Dan Damon [follow]