Saturday, February 23, 2008

BOE Filing Monday, Meeting Tuesday

Anyone wishing to run in the annual school board election must have petitions returned to the business office at 504 Madison Avenue by 4 p.m. Monday. Three three-year terms are up for election. Incumbents are Agurs Linward "Lenny" Cathcart Jr., Vickey Sheppard and Bridget Rivers. One candidate, Jackie Callands, has already held a $25-ticket fundraiser. Plaintalker will report on the filings.

Three years ago, a field of 11 candidates filed for the three-year seats and five more filed for an unexpired term. It will be interesting to see how many people vie for seats this year, with all the many challenges before the board and district.

Meanwhile, one of those Saltine-sized legal notices turned up today (Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008) anouncing a work and study meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Plainfield High School conference room. The meeting notice was also posted on the district web site, but no agenda was on hand at the Plainfield Public Library or online. The subject matter is listed as "2008-09 Budget Discussion" with the notation that action may be taken.

Oldtimers may recall the days when budget information was given out early to the Citizens School Budget Advisory Committee (CSBAC) and many hours of discussion preceded putting a budget up for a vote on Election Day. This year's voting date is April 15, so anyone interested in budget details better hustle to get them.

--Bernice Paglia


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