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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rumors Belin-Pyles plans to reassign all principals

Disturbing rumors of possible personnel moves.

In a move that could prove disastrous for Plainfield's public school students, rumors are swirling that Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles is planning to reassign ALL school principals for the 2015-16 school year which begins in September. Belin-Pyles has the authority to make the moves, though the Board of Ed would have to confirm them by resolution.

It is not unusual for one or two principals to be reassigned at the end of a school year -- often because of the retirement of an in-place principal. Having a new principal in a building can mean that much of a school year is spent rejiggering everything to suit the new leader's sensibilities. And that can be hard on students, who are at the bottom of the pecking order, no matter how much the adults beat their chests and say "it's for the kids."

But to contemplate moving all the district's principals around raises important questions, the first of which is "Why?"

One principal is said to be "too close to the parents" -- a strange complaint, since the parents are among those paying the bills.

At any rate, expect to hear more on this subject.

The Board of Ed meets for its business session at 8:00 PM this evening in the PHS Auditorium, 950 Park Avenue. Parking available in the Stelle and Kenyon Avenue lots and on the street. There is an opportunity for public input at the meeting (see the full agenda here).

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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