PLAINFIELD, NJ - A May 14 letter from Plainfield Board of Education Attorney Philip Stern to Elizabeth Filippatos provided an explanation regarding her designation as Acting Superintendent of Schools.
A motion to appoint Filippatos to the position had failed at the May 7 Work & Study meeting. Then a May 10 deadline from the County Superintendent to have an Acting Superintendent in place for the Plainfield School District passed with no decision made.
According to the letter from Stern, the Board has been unable to achieve a majority of votes to appoint an Acting or Interim Superintendent while it conducts its search for a full-time Superintendent.
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The letter to Filippatos goes on to explain that designating a person does not require a Board vote, but does require it to make an employee aware that he or she is being employed as a replacement.
Filippatos is next in line, according to the letter, on the District's organizational chart to be designated as such replacement, per N.J.S.A. 18A:16-1.1.