Friday, July 20, 2007

Incoming PEA President Welcomes Carter

In my haste to post the Board of Education story, I neglected to add comments from incoming Plainfield Education Association President Eric Jones.

Jones takes office Aug. 1.

He said of the many changes taking place, “It’s exciting for me.”

Jones said he has met several times with Interim Superintendent Peter Carter.

“I feel like this is a change and a new opportunity for Plainfield,“ Jones said.

As head of the union that includes teachers, support staff, security guards and others, Jones said he sees Carter working collaboratively with staff. He notes that Carter was able to get agreement on changing the opening day for the 2007-08 school year from Monday, Sept. 10 to Thursday, Sept. 6.

Jones said Carter has come in with an agenda “to heal and move the district forward.”

“We couldn’t have asked for a more experienced professional person than Mr. Carter,” Jones said. “It’s evident in the way he handles the board meetings and the way he handles staff.”

Jones welcomes the upcoming NJQSAC report on district performance in five areas as a guideline for improvement.

“It’s important that all parties are held accountable,” he said.

The union will soon have new quarters at 1449-A East Second Street in a space vacated by Plainfield‘s notable artist, Alonzo Adams. Jones said the new space will allow meetings of the 60-member board, which the former Park Avenue space could not accommodate.

--Bernice Paglia


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