PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Board of Education began its final meeting of the year at Washington Community School by recognizing three members whose terms are up.
Seats held by Terrence Bellamy, Carletta Jeffers and David Rutherford will be filled by Cameron Cox, Terence Johnson and Dr. Avania Richardson-Miller, who won in the November election.
After the recognitions, Dr. Caryn Cooper, Acting Superintendent, made announcements, including one about an action that is meant to stem the retreat to charter schools.
"We are happy to announce that we are expanding PAAAS. PAAAS will now be a 6th through 12th school. We want to be able to open that school to as many of our families so that we can have options and keep some of our students in Plainfield, so hopefully we will see a reduction in students leaving at the 4th grade level."
Dr. Cooper also noted a family literacy and math night on Jan. 12, 2018, and a ribbon cutting ceremony that will take place at Maxson Middle School this Thursday, Dec. 21.
Human Resources walk-on items included:
- The appointment of Dr. Heather Jackson as Acting Principal of Plainfield High School, effective Jan. 2, 2018 at a salary of $147,184.
- A three-month extension request for Dr. Caryn Cooper, Acting Superintendent of Schools, through March 2018.
- The transfer/reassignment of Dr. Phillip Williamson from Principal of Plainfield High School to Principal on Special Assignment, effective Jan. 2.
During public comment, Terrie Slaughter-Cabbell pointed out that the public has still not seen Dr. Cooper's contract.
Joyce Antila Phipps, an Immigration Attorney for Casa de Esperanza, an organization that serves immigrants and refugees, detailed additional problems with front desk staff at Plainfield High School. Phipps had first stated her concerns at a Nov. 21. meeting, and met with Board Counsel Philip Stern on Dec. 4th about the initial encounters.
Plainfield High School senior Tyshana Campbell, who is also a Board of Education Student Liaison, came to the microphone and spoke about a Community Service class that, she says, "is not a real class."
Additionally, Campbell talked about a math class, saying, "I went from learning more than like two different types of math in one day to learning nothing."
She noted she is also Class President, and has to deal with the Yearbook Staff. According to Campbell, there is no yearbook in the works, she has found the Principal difficult to work with on this topic, and she asked the Board if they want her class to be known "as the class that has no yearbook at all."
Dr. Cooper said that they will look into the situation.
The next time the Board will meet is on Jan. 2 for a work and study session.
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