SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At its Jan. 18 meeting, the South Plainfield Board of Education announced the launch of a new district Facebook page and explained the changes now in effect for Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings. Additionally, the board also granted one tenure certificate and approved one retirement request.

COW Meeting Change

Earlier this month, the nine-member board unanimously voted in favor of starting all COW meetings at 6:30 p.m. with the exception of those held during the summer months (June, July and August), which will begin at 6 p.m. According to Board of Education President Bill Seesselberg, a vote rendered at the Jan. 11 meeting resulted in a change in how COW meetings will run. Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 8, the COW meeting will open at 6:30 p.m. with the board immediately entering executive session and the public portion starting 75 minutes later.

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“We will open the meeting at 6:30 p.m. and then we will go into executive session for 75 minutes. The public portion will start at 7:45 p.m. We will back out here at 7:45ish and if we have to go back in {executive session] after that we will go back after the meeting,” said Seesselberg, adding that the change is ‘out of respect for the public and to meet some of board members’ wishes.”

District Takes to Social MediaSuperintendent of Schools Dr. Noreen Lishak announced that an official ''South Plainfield School District' Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/South-Plainfield-School-District-278496199231830/) had been established. The page, which went live on Jan. 20, will serve as a resource for parents and include important alerts and broadcasts, live streams question and answer sessions, school community events, and more. The Facebook page will also feature information on the March 2017 bond referendum, including project lists and tax impact information as well as community meeting dates and videos.

“If you have a chance, log on, click ‘Like’ on our Facebook page, and please share it,” said Dr. Lishak. “The more people hear about the referendum and find out information, the better it will be for our district.”

Tenure Awarded

During the meeting, a tenure certificate was presented to Michelle Miller, a fourth grade special education teacher at Kennedy Elementary School for the past four years.

“Receiving tenure is a milestone in a teacher’s career and I appreciate this opportunity to speak on behalf of one of our valued teachers in the district,” said Kennedy Principal Kevin Hajduk, who has known Miller for several years and worked directly with her over the past five months.

“A good education can change everyone; a good teacher can change everything. Mrs. Miller … has changed the world for a lot of our children,” Hajduk said. “On behalf of the South Plainfield School District, it is a privilege and an honor to present one of our district champions, Mrs. Michelle Miller, with her tenure certificate this evening.”

Retirement Approved

Additionally, the board also ‘reluctantly,’ according to Seesselberg, accepted the retirement of Adele Veirs. Executive secretary to the superintendent, Veirs has served in her current position for 21 of her 27 years with the district; for the first six years, she worked as secretary to the assistant superintendent. Her last day is June 30.

“Adele was actually the first face that greeted me when I came in for my interviews… She has really been a great support to me and is a base of knowledge that I cannot imagine anybody being able to replace,” said Dr. Liskak, publicaly thanking Veirs for agreeing to remain in the position this past year and admitting she asked her to stay for ‘many, many years.’ “I wish you the best in retirement. You will really be impossible to replace.”

Members of the South Plainfield Board of Education also congratulated Veirs on her retirement and offered kind words. “You are an extremely, extremely valued part of the school district…I personally am really going to miss you,” said Sharon Miller.

Debbie Boyle said, “You will absolutely be missed. Your knowledge cannot compare to anybody in this district; what you didn't know, you found out and you always had the answers. Thank you for all the time you have given, above and beyond.”

John Farinella added, “They don't make them like you anymore. Thank you and hope you have many years of happiness in your retirement.”

Upcoming Meetings and Information

The South Plainfield Board of Education’s next COW meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 with executive session taking place at the start of the meeting and the public portion beginning around 7:45 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held in the high school media center.

For additional information, visit the South Plainfield School district website at http://spboe.org/spboe or the district’s new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/South-Plainfield-School-District-278496199231830/. 

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