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Plainfield D-202 board dismisses nursing coordinator

Board approves rehiring 20 teachers

Plainfield School District 202 board members and officials at Monday's board meeting.
Plainfield School District 202 board members and officials at Monday's board meeting.

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield School District 202 board dismissed the district’s nursing coordinator and recalled 20 teachers, many of whom are federally funded reading interventionists. 

The board unanimously approved Monday the dismissal of Jill Accardo, the district’s nursing coordinator. 

Accardo’s position was reconfigured as part of a departmental reorganization and she doesn’t have the appropriate certifications for the new position, Tom Hernandez, District 202 spokesman Tom Hernandez said in an email.

The new position is called the student services administrator for health services. On May 22, the board approved Ashley Meyers for that role. The position combines the district’s nursing supervisor function with administrative responsibilities. 

Previously, Meyers was a special education administrator for four of the district’s elementary schools. 

At the April 24 meeting, several district nurses raised concerns about the nursing coordinator position being eliminated as part of the student services staff restructuring plan and the potential impact of its elimination on student health and safety. 

Mina Griffith, the district’s assistant superintendent for student services, has said the staff restructuring plan will expand on nursing supervision in the district. The restructuring proposal recommends an administrator with an administrative certificate and nursing background. 

“There was never an intent to eliminate nursing supervision or support, but rather to structure it in a way where you would get guidance and leadership from someone with an administration certificate as well as someone with nursing and medical background as well,” she said.

Accardo has degrees and licensing in nursing, according to the district’s website. She earned a National Board Certification for School Nurses, becoming one of only 3,700 National Board Certified school nurses nationwide at the time, according to a May 2015 district newsletter

Teacher recall 

The board also recalled 20 teachers. Many of them are federally funded reading interventionists and one is a transitional program instructor, said Anthony Manville, assistant superintendent for administration and personnel.

Since the spring, district officials have been dismissing teachers with plans to rehire many of them back throughout the summer once they have a better idea of student enrollment needs or funding.

Hernandez has said the district routinely releases nontenured teachers, teachers who were hired later in the school year, part-time teachers, teachers hired for limited contracts and teachers hired through federal or state grants.

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