SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Board of Education (BOE) is seeking residents to serve on a newly formed ad hoc committee that will work with district administrators to keep the community informed of expenses and projects associated with the March referendum.
At the BOE’s Aug. 23 meeting, President Bill Seesselberg announced that two residents are currently needed to serve on the committee, which will also include the BOE president, superintendent, business administrator, and heads of the district’s finance and building and grounds departments.
“We are looking for interested and knowledgeable residents who can understand the scope of a project of this nature,” Seesselberg told TAPinto South Plainfield, noting that this is not a design committee but rather one designed to keep community up-to-date on the status and spending specific to referendum projects.
“While we will take and welcome suggestions, the board of education and administration will have the final say,” he said. “The goal of this committee is to report back on how the projects are progressing and how the money is being spent.”
Back in March, South Plainfield voters approved a $28 million bond referendum that included funds for parking lot and sidewalk improvements, security and HVAC upgrades, and a new STEM lab at the high school as well as updates to Jost Field and more. Throughout the summer, parking lots and sidewalks at the middle and high schools as well as at Franklin, Riley, Grant and Kennedy schools were completed. Additionally, phase one of the high school STEM lab was also completed.
"We thank the community for their confidence in us by approving these funds for much-needed projects," said Seesselberg, adding that the committee will provide the district with an opportunity ‘to be more transparent with the community’ in terms of how the money is being spent.
"We will periodically meet and report back to the community as to how the funds are spent, and welcome borough representatives to review the progress of all the included projects,” he said.
Borough residents looking to serve on the committee can apply for the two open committee positions by sending a cover letter and resume, by Monday, Sept. 11, to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Noreen Lishak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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