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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Special Council meeting Thursday may take up layoff plan


Exercising his authority under Plainfield's special charter, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has called a special meeting of the City Council for this Thursday, June 25, at 7:00 PM in City Hall Library.

The notice published by the City Clerk's office on Monday indicates two items of business --
  • Possible executive session to discuss personnel matters; and
  • Resolution authorizing the submission of a layoff plan to the state
The matter at hand would be the layoff plan for the Bilingual Day Care Center workers.

The Mapp administration is proposing to contract with HOPES, Plainfield's Headstart provider, to transition the program to a new non-city sponsor.

After two hours of public comment and much discussion by the Council this past week, the resolution for the HOPES contract was tabled.

However, since nearly half of Bilingual's enrollees are there as part of the District's free pre-K program, the staffing matters need to be resolved for the District to know what plans -- if any -- to make for the new school year in September.

If the Council shows up and there is a meeting, and if the Council adopts a layoff plan resolution on Thursday, the original timeline will only be disrupted by a week or so.

If the Council snubs the Mayor's call for a special meeting (as it did last month), then all bets are off.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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