PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Education Association members showed up in support of Lisa Logan-Leach at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting due to the omission of her name in the agenda's human resources resolution on transfers and reassignments for the 2019-2020 school year.
Logan-Leach had held the position of teacher assistant in the district at both Hubbard and Maxson schools since October 2016, and she was also a former school board member.
Logan-Leach received a letter on August 1 from Interim Director of Human Resources Dr. Gary Bowen confirming her re-hire and transfer, only to receive a later notice indicating that she was being pulled from the agenda.
During public comment on Tuesday NJEA UniServ Consultant Eloy Delgado urged the Board to investigate and resolve the issue as a filed grievance had been amicably resolved.
Logan-Leach addressed the Board, providing a chronological listing of the events leading up to her name being removed from the agenda. According to her statement, during a two-year period of employment in the district, her performance was not evaluated twice a year as required by the PEA contract. When an evaluation was done the following year, she received an excellent review as well as correspondence from her Principal indicating that he was impressed with her performance.
Charisse Parker, PEA President, added that the issue was a major concern and that the grievance process had not been honored.
After a 45-minute executive session requested by Board Counsel Phil Stern to discuss the personnel matter, Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell made a motion to add Logan-Leach's name to the agenda, but the vote failed 4-2. Board members Carmencita Pile, Dr. Avonia Richardson-Miller, Lynn Anderson and Eric Andrews all voted in the affirmative, while Board President Richard Wyatt and Emily Morgan opposed; John Campbell, Cameron Cox and Terence Johnson were not present.
Five affirmative votes were needed for the motion to be approved.
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