PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education's special meeting that was held at Washington Community School on Monday evening was over in less than hour.  Could that be a record?

Board President Emily Morgan began, saying that findings from the latest Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) will be reported at the Sept. 5th meeting.  QSAC is the Department of Education’s monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. Acting Superintendent Dr. Caryn Cooper said the district failed in Curriculum Instruction.

Discussion tonight included questions about who would fill the Director of Human Resources position.  Dr. Gary Bowen has been filling this role, but his last day is Aug. 31st.  Dr. Cooper said they had received fifteen to twenty resumes, and the job had been advertised in Education Week, a national resource.  When Board Member John Campbell asked how many of the people submitting resumes were "worthy of interviews," Cooper responded.  "Zero."

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In public comment, resident Sam Cooper inquired about the status of the lunch program.  Board Member Carletta Jeffries said, "Dr. Cooper and I have met once already, and we're going to finalize our final details tomorrow evening about having a meeting either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.  Open to the public."

There was only one walk-on item, which passed:  transferring Lisa Armstead from Vice Principal at Plainfield High School to Acting Principal of Woodland School.

Prior to adjournment, Board Member Richard Wyatt brought up four points:

  • STEM Program:  Parents were trying to register their children, and were told no.  Is the program at capacity?  Dr. Cooper said she will look into it.
  • Pop Warner Football:  Seidler Field is under construction.  There are three teams in the city, and are supposedly being charged $300-$400 per game.  These teams don't have that type of money; can the Board see if there is something that can be done?
  • Solar Panels:  A presentation had been given to the Board.  It was said the installation would save the district a lot of money.  Can the Board revisit this as the district is in a deficit?
  • Board Goals:  School starts on Sept. 6th - in this new school year, can the Board come out with some goals on what it wants to accomplish this school year?

School starts on Wednesday, Sept. 6th.