Monday, July 17, 2006

A Hot Week For Meetings

For those interested in the doings of elected officials, this will be a busy week.

The City Council will hold its only meetings for the month on Monday and Wednesday. The Board of Education, according to a legal notice, will hold meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.

As soon as Plaintalker can obtain an agenda Monday, the topics will be posted for the council meeting. The agenda session is 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library and the regular meeting will be 8 p.m. in Municipal Court.

The BOE agenda may be available at the Plainfield Public Library.

Unfortunately, official web sites for the governing body and the school board are not much help in deciphering their schedules. The city web site still says regular meetings are on first and third Mondays, but that changed in April with adoption of a new schedule. The Board of Education web site says meetings are on the second and third Tuesdays of each month, but that is not the case this week.

The school district is still struggling with Gov. Jon Corzine’s demand for a flat budget in all Abbott districts. The board was asked to endorse budget cuts at the end of May on short notice. The state Department of Education was to review the proposed cuts and get back to the district within two weeks on which ones it would permit. But in mid-July, the district still has no definitive outcome to the review process.

Due to the uncertainty, all non-tenured teachers have received “reduction in force” notices, meaning their jobs may be at risk. Meanwhile, the Plainfield Education Association contract for teachers and other staff has not yet been settled.

More to follow.

--Bernice Paglia


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