Partnering under “NJEA’s Priority Schools Initiative”

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Plainfield Public Schools hosted a visit on May 31 by NJEA Leadership as part of their Memorandum of Agreement with the NJ Priority Schools Initiative for the 2017-2018 School year.  Dr. Debra J. Sheard, Acting Superintendent of Schools, welcomed NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan, Retired Educator Bob Blistan, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller, NJEA Field Representative Carol Feinstein, Plainfield Education Association President Eric Jones, and Plainfield Board of Education Member Carmencita Pile.

The group visited two of four partnering schools with NJEA’s School Priority Initiative: Jefferson Elementary School and Hubbard Middle School. At Jefferson, the group visited with Principal Telaya Paharm, Vice Principal Daniel Cone and Jefferson’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Kristina Jerome, and her 1st Grade Class.  At Hubbard, they visited 6th Grade History Teacher George Lewis’s class with Principal Kwame Asante. 

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“Today’s visit by NJEA leadership was greatly appreciated and shows their commitment and support to the improvement of our district schools,” said Dr. Sheard.  “We have signed a memorandum of agreement with NJEA that we hope to put into effect in the 2017-2018 school year.”

NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan said, “We visited Plainfield to see the great things that are being done in the district and to share Plainfield’s story. Our hope is to be of assistance and ensure that all students succeed.”

The schools under focus or priority status in Plainfield are: Jefferson Elementary, Stillman Elementary, Hubbard and Maxson Middle Schools. According to the NJEA, Priority Schools are identified as among the lowest-performing five percent of Title I schools in the state. There are 75 Priority Schools in New Jersey, with an overall three-year proficiency rate of 31.6% or lower.

Focus Schools are schools that have room for improvement in areas that are specific to the school.  As part of the process, Focus Schools receive targeted and tailored solutions to meet the school’s unique needs.  There are 183 Focus schools in the New Jersey. 

For additional information, please call Gloria Montealegre, Community Relations Liaison, 908-731-4333 or email GMontealegre@Plainfield.K12.NJ.US.