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Friday, June 8, 2012

Board of Ed, PMUA secrets to be revealed June 12?


Magic 8 Ball knows all...
Plainfielders will have a triple bill of excitement next Tuesday, June 12, with a City Council agenda session, the regular PMUA commissioners meeting and a Board of Ed meeting for which no agenda has yet been posted.

The buzz in the street is that the PMUA meeting (at 6:00 PM, the first of the evening) should be 'interesting'. No one will tell me what that means exactly, but among questions hanging in the air are the funding of the $1 million payout to former execs Watson and Ervin; whether or not interim executive director Duane Young will stay with the agency; and a 'musical chairs' situation with the Commissioners, with the Council withholding action on nominations and Commissioner Brown faced with deciding whether to stay or leave at this point.

The Board of Ed is said to be having a meeting that same evening, though you will find no notice of (I misspoke) agenda for it on the District's website (the last one listed is May 15). This, if it happens, would no doubt take up the matter of the appointment of a permanent superintendent.

Having played the game very close to the chest, there is hardly any mystery left to school watchers, since the announced goal has been to have the new super start July 1. That would mean that an outside person (such as the assistant Trenton super who was a 'finalist') would hardly have time at this late date to give their home district proper notice of leaving.

So that indicates -- surprise of surprises! -- that the Plainfield Board of Ed has decided to go with interim superintendent Anna Belin Pyles. And that notwithstanding an unfulfilled promise at the 'meet and greet' with the finalists at Emerson School that questions posed to them would be posted on the District's website.

That meeting would get under way at 8:00 PM, though whether in the PHS Auditorium or the Conference Room is not clear at this time.

In between the two meetings, at 7:30 PM, City Council will hold its June agenda setting session. (The Monday following the June primary election day is always set aside for the local political party committees to organize, hence no Council meeting. Republicans and Democrats elect their committee members to two-year terms in alternate years; this year it is the Republicans' turn.)

After the tense process surrounding the Robinson-Briggs administration's seriously flawed budget proposal -- now finally resolved -- the agenda session can be expected to be bland and anticlimactic.

Or can it?


TUESDAY, JUNE 12 TRIPLE-HEADER

6:00 PM
Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) Commissioners
127 Roosevelt Avenue (Corner of East 2nd Street)
Parking in PMUA lot or on the street.

7:30 PM
City Council Agenda Session
City Hall Library
515 Watchung Avenue
(Parking and entry in the rear of building)

8:00 PM
Board of Ed
PHS Auditorium or Conference Room?
950 Park Avenue
(Parking in school lots or on street)




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9 comments:

Bob said...

We have such a dysfunctional BOE, is there any way of just disbanding them in favor of something that works. Plainfield has one of the worst school systems in the state and country! Why is that when our teachers get paid very well and our administrators get paid even better. We've spent a lot of money to have some of the stupidist kids on the planet. What a disgrace!

Bob said...

We have such a dysfunctional BOE, is there any way of just disbanding them in favor of something that works. Plainfield has one of the worst school systems in the state and country! Why is that when our teachers get paid very well and our administrators get paid even better. We've spent a lot of money to have some of the stupidist kids on the planet. What a disgrace!

Bernice said...

Usually personnel decisions only emerge at the BOE business meetings. So maybe that leaves only two places to be at once on Tuesday. Wish I had roller skates!

Anonymous said...

Dan the BOE did not post anything on their websight because it was not in favor of the Superintendant they have selected. As it was stated before they have already chosen the worthless Anna Belin-Pyles. Why? because she can be controlled by the chicken and fish frying Campbells. This November will be a different story. I can't WAIT to next November RENATA, WILMA and their whole slate will be out of office. YOU CAN COUNT ON THAT. I will be out their knocking door to door to get them off. They have no concern for the citizens, and they could care less about our CHILDREN. To name a person like Anna Belin-Pyles as superintendent is a DISGRACE.

Anonymous said...

The BOE will never post the feedback given by the community in reference to the superintendent search. All the comments were so negative. Just about everyone in the room stated they should go back out for a seach. Keisha Edwards told a bold face L*E in th begining of the forum stating that the decision was not already made. She also stated that all comments will be posted what a SHAME. I cant wait for the November Election

Pat Turner Kavanaugh said...

Bob: it's not the kids who are stupid. It's the voters, all 18 or older.

Anonymous said...

You can ride by John Campbells real esate office on any given day and see the worthless acting superintendant Anna Belin-Pyles car there.

Send her back in her hole where she belongs. She is in no way shape or form ready to take on this district.

We need a superintendent that will come here and get things rolling for our district.

The president of the BOE could care less, the only thing she cares about is PAASS where her daughter attend.

Why is the grease fry Wilma Campbell on the board anyway? She never sent her children to any of the district Schools. Oh yeah that right KICK BACKS.

That law firm is her's and the other grease fry Campbell friend and they are milking the district DRY.

Anonymous said...

The ignorant comments by bob should be blocked. As a PPS employee, I will back our kids ... We have some smart, talented kids. The ones who struggle do so because of society and family concerns that they get help for AT SCHOOL. The scores at most school improved last year. The gov released the priority and focus designations to cause negative feelings about schools in urban centers (much of the data was from a three year span which included the nonsense of SG III). I will back solid decision making, not pick sides on people. Right now, the indecision on picking a permanent super is causing delays in deciding end of the year and next year elements that are critical: staffing, end of school dates for events, and next year planning to name a few. I really enjoy the blog and comments, but when someone posts kids are stupid and doesn't look into all issues that are community is facing equally they should get blocked.

Anonymous said...

How do you spell pathetic.Commenters, you give that word a new meaning. Your statements are replete with errors and misrepresentations.There are probably more board members who did not send their children to the PPS.,than those who did. When you talk negatively about our students, you are looking in the mirror and you are talking about yourself. You are evil,uninformed and a detriment to our community.When you point that finger do not forget there are four more pointing back at you. You shrink,when you could stand. Yes pathetic is what you are.