Thursday, May 26, 2016

BOE Special Meeting Tonight

In a special meeting tonight, the Plainfield Board of Education is expected to take action toward roof repairs at Evergreen Elementary School and others.

The board will open the meeting at 6:30 p.m. and then go into closed session. The special meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Amy Brown, an Evergreen teacher and head of a new School Health & Safety committee of the Plainfield Education Association, pressed for action at a May 17 school board meeting and had previously urged action in February. Schools Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles said on May 17 it should be noted that the administration was "working closely with Evergreen" to address leaks and provide pest control.

Tonight's meeting was listed in a newspaper legal notice Tuesday, but was not on the district website until yesterday afternoon. See the May 26 BOE agenda here.

The resolution is to seek state funding for a new roof at Evergreen School as well as partial repairs at Cook School and Maxson Middle School. Repairs to the Plainfield High School roof will not require state funding but the project needs to be included in the district's Long Range Facilities Plan, if I read the resolution correctly.

A second resolution has to do with board members' out-of-district travel for conferences.

The board's next scheduled meetings are a work-and-study meeting on June 7 and a business meeting on June 21.

In other news, a district employee admitted Wednesday taking part in a plan to defraud the Plainfield Board of Education over an eight-year span beginning in 2007.See the U.S. Attorney's Office press release here.


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