SOUTH PLAINFIELD.NJ - The South Plainfield Board of Education held a special emergency meeting Friday afternoon to discuss its options for reopening the high school.
On March 16, a fire in the school's electrical system caused significant damage and, as a result, all power to the building was shut off and the building was closed Thursday and Friday. During the March 18 meeting, school officials approved a donation of a large generator capable of powering the entire school, including its lights, servers, alarms and telephone systems; since the closure a small generator has been used to power the school's refrigerators and freezers, which services the entire district.
The Borough Administrator/CFO Glenn Cullen reached out to developer Jack Morris from Edgewood Properties to discuss if the Board of Education could utilize the Motorola building, which Edgewood Properties owns, until the damage was fixed at the high school. Once Morris heard about the situation from Cullen, he offered the district use of a large generator, which could power the school. Cullen immediately contacted Interim Superintendent Ruberto to discuss the donation from Morris. According to Cullen, Morris notified him he would be able to have the generator delivered to the high school on Friday. Ruberto formally presented the offer at the emergency board meeting on Friday and the board approved Morris’ generous donation.
“On Thursday Chief Parker and I went to Dr. Ruberto to see how we may be able to help,” said Cullen. “It was a brainstorming session, but in the end it was Jack Morris’ brains and heart that really came through for the children and residents of South Plainfield.”
Morris' donation will save the district a significant amount of money - anywhere between $30,000 and $45,000 - had they needed to rent a generator and will enable students to return to the high school, possibly as soon as Monday morning.
School officials will post information regarding Monday’s classes on the Board of Education’s website by 8 p.m. Sunday evening (http://spboe.org) and parents who signed up for notifications will also receive calls and emails with the updated information.
Additionally, according to an email sent to parents March 17, Interim Superintendent of School Dr. Johanna Ruberto said the South Plainfield High School play, drama rehearsal has been relocated to Roosevelt Elementary School while the High School Pit Band has been reassigned to the Middle School - Room 39 while Color Guard and Cultural Heritage Day (planned for March 23) are cancelled.
The 21st Annual Franklin School PTO Tricky Tray Auction will take place this evening at the South Plainfield Middle School; doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Lion’s Club Breakfast, scheduled for Sunday, March 20 has also been relocated to the middle school and will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.