Saturday, August 19, 2006

Board, Council Cram Schedules

It looks like a tough week ahead for those who want to keep track of what elected officials are up to.

On Monday (Aug. 21, 2006) the Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. in the Plainfield High School library to discuss the district’s test scores. At the same time, the City Council will be holding a special agenda session to select an appointee for the citywide at-large seat. Nominees to replace the late Ray Blanco are Harold Gibson, Hattie Williams and Sylvester Palin. The meeting is in City Hall Library. The council will then hold its agenda session at 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Education will hold its work and study session at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 22, 2006) in the Plainfield High School conference room.

The City Council’s regular meeting will be 8 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2006) in Municipal Court.

The Board of Education’s business meeting will be 8 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 24, 2006) at the Emerson Swing School, 1700 W. Front St.

Some observers of the city and school scenes had to ferret out the information by scouring the legal notices. Normally, as indicated on the school district’s web site, the board meets on second Tuesdays of each month for work-and-study and on third Tuesdays for business meetings. The city’s web site has finally been corrected to show the actual meeting schedule, but makes no mention of the special agenda session.

Now that many people get their news online and expect official web sites to have definitive information, it seems like a step backward to have to pore over pages of fine-print legal notices to find out when the decision-makers on millions of tax dollars are meeting.

--Bernice Paglia


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