The special meeting of the Atlantic City Board of Education to appoint Dr. La’Quetta Small as the new superintendent of Atlantic City Public Schools has drawn friends and foes alike.
But mostly friends.
We announced this story last Friday that Dr. Small would be the next superintendent. It is now official.
The vote for Dr Small was unanimous, with Board Member John Devlin abstaining.
The Atlantic City Board of Education has awarded Dr. Small the richest contract in Atlantic City public school history.
His salary will be $ 210,000 per year, with annual increases of 2.5%, a take-out car and many other perks. The duration of the contract is four years.
Small was the only candidate considered to fill the vacant position created by outgoing Superintendent Barry Caldwell.
Read more: Dr. La’Quetta Small is set to become Atlantic City’s next superintendent.
It wouldn’t be Atlantic City policy as usual without a fierce verbal battle for a date as important as this one.
Former Atlantic City City Council Chairman Craig Callaway has spoken out vehemently against Dr Small’s appointment.
Current Atlantic City councilor LaToya Dunston, political opponent of Atlantic City mayor Marty Small, has also spoken out against Dr Small’s promotion to superintendent.
Ventnor Mayor Beth Maccagnano and many others have shown their support for Dr Small.
After all the heated rhetoric, the only thing that really matters is whether the candidate qualifies… and not her last name.
If La’Quetta’s last name was Big and not Small, there would be absolutely no political drama.
Look at the facts:
Here is a brief summary of Dr. Small’s credentials.
Doctorate in Education – Rowan University.
Masters – Kean University.
BA / BS Bachelor – University of Stockton.
Central High School, Newark, New Jersey – Promotion major of his promotion.
Here are some additional relevant facts:
Dr Small taught in the classroom during her first 6 years in the district, when she had the opportunity to be Deputy Principal at an early age. She felt it was important to spend enough time in class.
Small became deputy principal of an elementary school in grade seven.
Acting director of the primary school.
Primary school principal.
The high school principal, credited with straightening out Atlantic City High School and Pennsylvania Avenue Elementary School.
In short, Dr. Small is qualified to be the next superintendent of Atlantic City Public Schools.
When Atlantic City selects a local candidate for the principal of the school, things turn out better compared to an arriving stranger.
Dr. La’Quetta Small also made history, becoming the first African-American woman to serve as superintendent of the Atlantic City public school system.
Dr. Small is also the first Atlantic City resident to serve as Superintendent.
The Board of Education used the “doctrine of necessity” to hire Dr Small because many Board members would otherwise have been in conflict and would not have been allowed to vote… because they have immediate relatives employed by the district.