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Work & Study Meeting December 11, 2007

BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF PLAINFIELD


IN UNION COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

MINUTES of a WORK & STUDY Meeting of the Board of


Education Held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A WORK & STUDY Meeting of the Board of Education of the City of Plainfield was held this day in the
Plainfield High School, conference room. Notice had been provided to Board members and to the Courier-News,
Star Ledger, Public Library, City Clerk, Comcast Cable Co., Plainfield Police Department, and posted in all
Plainfield Public schools. Mr. Michael J. Donow, Interim Board Secretary, called the meeting to order at 6:48p.m.
and the following action took place:
I. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
II. WELCOME
WELCOME to a Work & Study Meeting of the Board of Education of the City of Plainfield. Members hope you
will find the meeting interesting and informative. We thank you for taking the time to attend. Please be advised
that this and all meetings of the Board are open to the media and public, consistent with the OPEN PUBLIC
MEETINGS ACT (Ch. 231 Laws of 1975), and that advance notice required therein has been provided to the
Courier News on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 for advertisement on Friday, November 30, 2007.
III. ROLL CALL
PRESENT ALSO PRESENT
Ms. Patricia I. Barksdale, President Mr. Peter E. Carter, Interim Superintendent
Ms. Bridget Rivers, Vice President Mr. Michael J. Donow
Mr. Rasheed Abdul-Haqq Mr. Walter Rusak
Mrs. Wilma G. Campbell Mr. Robert Burkhardt
Mr. Agurs L. Cathcart, Jr. Dr. Garnell Bailey
Mr. Martin P. Cox Mr. Terry Ridley, Esq
Mr. Christian Estevez .
Ms. Vickey Sheppard

Mrs. Lisa C. Logan-Leach, absent

The following resolution was moved by Mr. Cox, seconded by Ms. Sheppard, and unanimously approved by the Board:
RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A.10:4-11, permits the Board of Education to meet in closed
session to discuss certain matters, now therefore be it
RESOLVED, the Board of Education adjourns to closed session to discuss:
1 matters rendered confidential by federal or state law
2. pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiations and/or matters of attorney-client
privilege
3. specific prospective or current employees unless all who could be adversely affected
requested an open session
and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, the minutes of this closed session be made public when the need for confidentiality no
longer exists.
The Board of Education adjourned into its executive session at 6:48 p.m.
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The Board returned to public session of its Work and Study at 9:04p.m.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President announced that Ms. Logan-Leach requested that it be announced that she will not be present
because she is under a doctor’s care.

The President acknowledged the passing of the mother of Gloria Williams.

The President acknowledged the presence of Mayor Robinson-Briggs.

The President reported on the many events that Plainfield students and school organizations are having this
month, urging participation by the entire community. She congratulated the Debate Team and the Soccer Team.

The President reported that the Board has concluded its goal setting at a recent meeting, and that a presentation
by Ms. Nancy Stern, the New Jersey School Boards Association representative, was scheduled for the next
meeting.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Mr. Carter introduced Mr. Anthony Jenkins and Ms. Deborah Boyd of Washington Community School, who
presented a request to name the gym the “Joann Riley Gymnasium.”

Mr. Carter introduced Mr. Wilson Martinez, Supervisor of World Languages/Bilingual & English as a Second
Language for a presentation of the programs. The Board discussed expansion of the World Language
curriculum, and plans for expansion of the Bilingual/ESL and a dual language program at the elementary school
level.

The Interim Superintendent presented the Administration’s Responses and Corrective Action Plan for NJQSAC
in the areas of Human Resources/Personnel and Operations; adding that he will be distributing the Responses
and Corrective Action Plan to the areas of Instruction and the Fiscal Operations.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

The President announced that the Board may have to go back into Executive Session later in the evening.

Mrs. Campbell presented the report of the Curriculum & Instruction Committee and its agenda, including the
addition of one item.

Mrs. Sheppard presented the report of the Finance Committee and its agenda, including two additions and a
correction to one item. The Interim Business Administrator/Board Secretary explained the conditions of
approval of the 2007-08 budget contained in a letter received by the Union County Superintendent of Schools,
the specifics of which were included in the new language for this year for the transfer of funds and in the
resolution added (Item N) to the December 18, 2007 Finance agenda.

Mrs. Sheppard read a note from the County School Business Administrator acknowledging the efforts of the
Interim Business Administrator in getting the 2007-08 budget completed, and his efforts in correcting many of
the problems and inaccuracies facing the district.

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Mrs. Sheppard announced a meeting to be held on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in Trenton where
Commissioner Davy will address the new proposed funding formula.

Mr. Estevez presented the report of the Policy Committee and its agenda. It was noted that Policy # 6178
scheduled for second reading was again missing from the Board’s packet and would be pulled from the
December agenda.

ON A MOTION MADE BY MR. COX AND SECONDED BY MRS. SHEPPARD, THE BOARD, BY A
VOICE VOTE OF SEVEN IN FAVOR (MR. RASHEED ABDUL-HAQQ, MRS. WILMA CAMPBELL,
MR. AGURS L. CATHCART, MR. MARTIN COX, MR. CHRISTIAN ESTEVEZ, MS. VICKEY
SHEPPARD AND MS. PATRICIA I. BARKSDALE) AND ONE OPPOSED (MS. BRIDGET RIVERS),
RECESSED THE MEETING AT 10:31 PM.

The meeting was called back into order at 11:15 pm by Board President Barksdale.

Roll Call Present: Mr. Rasheed Abdul-Haqq, Mrs. Wilma Campbell, Mr. Agurs L. Cathcart, Mr. Martin
Cox, Mr. Christian Estevez, Ms. Vickey Sheppard, Ms. Bridget Rivers and Ms. Patricia
Barksdale.

Absent : Mrs. Lisa Logan-Leach

Ms. Bridget Rivers read the following resolution prepared by Board Counsel:

“Resolution accepting the amended letter of resignation submitted by Interim CSA Peter Carter, effective
December 21, 2007.”

MOVED BY: Ms. Bridget Rivers and seconded by Mr. Martin Cox. The motion carried, on a roll-call
vote, with six members in favor, Mrs. Wilma Campbell abstained and Mr. Rasheed Abdul-Haqq
opposed.

Mrs. Lisa Logan Leach was absent.

Ms. Bridget Rivers read the following resolution prepared by Board Counsel:

“Resolution Retaining the Services of Garnell Bailey as Interim Superintendent

WHEREAS, the Board has taken action to accept the resignation of the current Interim CSA Peter Carter,
effective December 21, 2007;

WHEREAS, the Board has considered a number of candidates for the Interim CSA position;

WHEREAS, the Board, after due consideration, believes that the current Director of Human Resources, Garnell
Bailey, can serve in a duel capacity as Director of Resources and Interim CSA;

WHEREAS, Ms. Bailey’s services as Interim CSA shall be subject to the terms and conditions of a contract to
be drafted by Board Counsel and approved by the Board;

WHEREAS, Ms. Bailey will begin providing services as Interim CSA on December 21, 2007;

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RESOLVED, that the Board, subject to approval of the contract to be drafter by Board Counsel, hereby retains
the services of Garnell Bailey as Interim CSA, effective December 21, 2007.”

MOVED BY: Ms. Bridget Rivers and seconded by Mr. Martin Cox. The motion carried, on a roll-
call vote, with six members in favor, Mrs. Wilma Campbell abstained and Mr. Rasheed Abdul-Haqq
opposed. Mrs. Lisa Logan Leach was absent.

ON A MOTION MADE BY MRS. RIVERS AND SECONDED BY MRS. CAMPBELL, THE BOARD,
BY UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE, ADJOURNED THE MEETING AT 11:20 PM.

Recorded by:

Michael J. Donow, Interim Board Secretary

MJD/bsc

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