Sunday, May 04, 2008

Choices, Choices

On Monday, May 5, 2008, meeting mavens will have to make a choice whether to go to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting or the re-scheduled Board of Education meeting. The BOE changed its meeting date so as not to conflict with a May 6 (Tuesday) hearing by the State Health Planning Board on the proposed closing of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center.

The council meets at 8 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Court. Contrary to the city web site proclamation that the agenda will be available 24 hours before the meeting,
the agendas have only become available mostly on the afternoon of the meeting. Seriously, how could they be available on Sunday?

And now it seems Councilman Rashid Burney has not scanned in the last agenda session, so we must go to City Hall tomorrow and get the agenda.

The BOE agendas can usually be obtained at the Plainfield Public Library on the Saturdays before the meetings. That's how Plaintalker found out about the job changes. Based on that, Plaintalker is inclined to go to the BOE Monday and chase down the City Council actions later.

In case I can't ask all my questions in three minutes, here is what I want to know:

When will the job abolishments take effect and how soon can people apply for the new titles?

Is there any cost analysis of the savings (or not) due to the restructuring?

Why the change in titles? Who establishes these job descriptions? The state or the district?

What appeal process is availalable to those affected?

How will the shift affect the recent IT shared services agreement with the city?

Did Dr. Steve Gallon III share in these decisions?

Will the new titles result in lower salaries?

These are questions that potentially 6,400 inquiring minds (students) or perhaps more than 18,000 (voters) presumably want answered, along with an unknown number of parents and guardians.

Or maybe not many people of whatever status care, but considering the dollars involved , isn't it still important? Just asking.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most important question is, were these changes in job description made with the input and/or knowledge of the incoming superintendent, Steve Gallon? Hopefully, this is not an attempt to take action before his arrival due to some hidden agenda.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above comment. Why would there be such sweeping changes under an acting administration.......these changes go beyond the 16% enrollment drop. This looks like a witch hunt.

7:07 PM  

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