PLAINFIELD, NJ — Two policies were discussed at Tuesday's Work and Study Board of Education meeting. Assessment and Data Usage was added to an existing policy, and a new draft policy outlining procedures for the naming of school buildings was circulated.
Under the existing Evaluation of Instructional Program Policy (#6300), Assessment and Data Usage addresses a comprehensive system to generate, collect, and analyze a range of data about student learning, including instruction and program evaluation. Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell explained that the original policy implemented in 2009 needs to be amended to satisfy New Jersey QSAC (Quality Single Accountability Continuum) requirements, using specific language provided by the State. Board member Lynn Anderson-Person suggested that key stakeholders, namely teachers and parents, provide input on the policy in order to gain a better understanding of the data.
The Plainfield community is invited to provide input by forwarding comments to Lynn Anderson-Person, Policy Chairperson, at email@example.com.
A new policy on the naming of school buildings (Naming of School District Facilities, Dedicating Areas of School District Facilities or Grounds and Erecting Monuments Policy #7116), now in its second reading, was also discussed. Back in 2018, Board Member Carmencita Pile made a passionate plea to her colleagues to have the future Woodland School named in honor of Charles and Anna Booker after input was obtained from the community. The new policy details a selection committee comprised of various types of community members, and the overall process to select a name. Public comment is also being sought by the policy committee through Dec. 8, and residents can email Anderson-Person.
According to the State of New Jersey School Development Authority website, the Woodland School project is slated for construction to begin in the second quarter of 2020, with completion in Fall 2022.
Both policies were moved to the business meeting scheduled for Dec. 17.
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