Monday, February 11, 2008

Former PHS Student Now a Mentor

One of Plainfield’s own will lend his talents to the current generation of students in workshops that are up for school board approval this month.

Motivational speaker Nashad Warfield is the chief executive officer of New Jersey Student Success. He honed his public speaking skills at Plainfield High School and went on to great academic success at Morgan State University on a full scholarship, according to the company’s web site. He earned a masters degree in Speech Communication at New York University, where he was number one in his class. Read more about Nashad and his high-achieving family here.

A resolution on the Feb. 20 and March 2 workshops is among items to be considered Tuesday at the Board of Education work and study session, 8 p.m. in the Plainfield High School conference room. Items moved to the agenda will be voted on at the business meeting, 7 p.m. Feb 19 in the Plainfield High School library.

The business meeting coincides with a City Council meeting the same night, presenting a dilemma for those who try to monitor both the board and the governing body. This month is the target for a vote on a finalist in the search for a new schools superintendent. Significant personnel items recently have been added on at the end of business meetings with no prior announcement. Only those who stay to the end get the news.

Anyway, the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting has no major revelations. But often, work and study meetings yield interesting items in remarks from the board president, interim superintendent or committee chairpersons. Copies of the Feb. 12 agenda are available at the Plainfield Public Library.

--Bernice Paglia


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