Friday, April 24, 2009

Dr. Gallon's Letter on Rejected Budget

For those of you who don't visit the school district web site, Schools Superintendent Steve Gallon III has provided information on the 2009-10 school budget that voters rejected Tuesday. Click here to read his letter to the community.

Dr. Gallon has promised to be available Monday at 7 p.m. to meet with the City Council to discuss what must happen next. Update: Council President Burney says it will happen May 11.

On the same night, the council will be holding a public hearing on amendments to the city's own FY 2009 budget and may adopt the amended budget. That meeting is 8 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave., and will be followed by the previously scheduled meeting on Information Technology.

Update: 7 p.m. portion moved to May 11. As a Sunshine Law nut, I hope the 7 p.m. meeting will receive adequate notice and that people will realize the IT meeting is now moved from City Hall Library. None of the above, including the properly noticed special meeting and public hearing, is reflected on the city web site.

Please read Dr. Gallon's letter carefully and also the attached letter from the state Department of Education's Division of Finance. There has been some confusion about the budget rejection. Dr. Gallon also notes another issue that needed and received clarification from his office.

See you Monday!

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

in Dr. Gallon's letter, there is a proponderance of double talk centered around the theme of "there was not any mismanagement with this $400,000" coinciding with "the mismanagement did not happen on my watch"

either it did or it didnt happen. can Dr. Gallon be straight-forward please.

3:38 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Your comment is a distortion of what Dr. Gallon wrote. Putting quote marks around things Dr. Gallon did not say borders on prevarication. Please read the letter over again.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 3:38 AM,

Why not go to a BOE meeting and ask straight forward your questions not only to Dr. Gallon, but to the BOE as well?

Bloggers can only do some much, it's time for those wondering to step forward and start making their own questions, don't you think?

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oohhhh someone a bit too sensitive? Where is the journalistic separation?

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Dr. Gallon has consistently presented himself as a very straightforward person. He apparrently is responding to an issue that did not happen on his watch. I think it is actually honorable that he is standing up for the District. This type of leadership has been a long time coming. I wish him well as he is forced to challenge the status quo of low expectations and politcal cronyism of Plainfield.

2:44 PM  

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