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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Council majority drinks Campbell Kool-Aid, declines to address Board of Ed election move

Tasty stuff, peddled by Plainfield BOE president Wilma Campbell
and friends. (Image from Mental Floss.)

A majority of Plainfield City Council was unswayed by arguments for restoring the Board of Education election from April (where the Board moved it on Novembe 10) to the November general election date as provided for by law.

For more than an hour, residents, parents and members of the school board spoke for and against moving the resolution forward to next Tuesday's City Council meeting (Monday is the Columbus Day observance).

The council majority was unswayed by arguments that the cost of the election -- estimated at $115,000 annually -- was a waste of funds that could be spend "on the children". Board of Ed members and their attorney claimed not to know the costs of the proposed April election.

The council majority was unswaayed by arguments that the April date would considerably diminish voter turnout. Board of Ed members thought this issue unimportant.

The council majority was unswayed by the fact that poll hours would be cut in half (from 14 hours on the November general election day to 7 hours for an April election). Board of Education members made no comment on this point.

So, finally, when it became clear there was no consensus, a roll call vote showed a majority (Brown, Rivers, Taylor and Toliver) opposed to moving the resolution forward, with Council President Storch and Councilors Goode and Williams in favor.

The 2016 school board election will take place on Tuesday, April 19. The polls will be open from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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