Thursday, February 9, 2012
As an afterthought from Monday’s Special meeting; I find that due to the self serving performance by members of the BOE followed by in the public comment period the chastising of the Council and Public by the interim Superintendent of schools for not participating with the PSS; I am caught between a rock and a hard place.
I revisited my often repeated suggestion that the BOE instead of being an elected representative of only a small percentage of the citizens, revert to an earlier status as an appointed body by the municipal administration.
John Campbell, having failed to have his SLAM members and himself to have Council defer any action used his time during the public comment session to dress down the Councilors among other things not
be attending any of the Basketball team To illustrate that the team and the players represented a success of the PSS education system he remarked that one of the players was going to HARVARD on a full scholarship.
Yes there are occasional exceptional graduates of PHS that do receive scholarships to the Ivy league schools and other highly regarded educational institutions like UVA, and Duke. They are however the exception’
Unfortunately along with some of his other remarks Campbell did not have his facts right. The athlete, Justin Sears has been admitted to YALE. The Ivy League schools do not give pure athletic scholarships therefore his is at least partially academic based. The young man should be congratulated. Every few years the system does turn out an exceptional individual who is an excellent student as well as an outstanding athlete. That is a credit to the person not the system.
None the less the Hard Place is Plainfield’s Administration which has over the last 6 years been anything but stellar. Appointments when made have been based on patronage, friendship and nepotism. The recent recommended appointments to PMUA are characteristic not only in the choices but the petty cynical recommendation that PMUA Chairman Mitchell be reappointed as an alternate.
I cannot vision any BOE appointed by this administration as being an improvement over the present system.There seems to be only two possible alternatives; One is for the State to take over operation of the System, or through the election process where there is a larger turnout individuals of have a better concept of fiduciary responsibility rather than personal agendas could be elected. Let us hope that is the answer. Our kids deserve better than they are getting.