Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jobs Top BOE Agenda Tonight

Job approvals dominate tonight’s 96-page school board agenda. Hundreds of teachers and other staff will be hired for the 2008-09 school, but about two dozen new titles will only be filled for one month.

In May, the school board voted to abolish 43 job titles and approved 33 new ones. Now, some of the jobs are being filled, but only for the month of July. The time frame coincides with the advent of new schools superintendent Steve Gallon III, who was hired in February with a starting date of July 1.

Gallon himself is facing scrutiny of his four-year contract, which the board approved at a salary of $198,000 annually. The full details of the contract were not worked out in February when Gallon was hired, and earlier this month it was revealed that the contract had not been reviewed by Union County Executive Superintendent Carmen Centuolo. The school board has set a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 30 to discuss the contract.

Tonight’s meeting is 7 p.m. in the Plainfield High School library. Not all the new job titles were filled and school board observers expect several “walk-in” items tonight. Among other questions raised by the job listings is why none of the 14 principals hired for the 2008-09 school year have been assigned to specific schools.

--Bernice Paglia


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