Atlantic City Board of Education member John Devlin is calling for the hiring of a new assistant superintendent of public schools.
Many believed yesterday’s hastily called special meeting was to begin the process of replacing a retiring assistant superintendent.
Instead, the members of the Council discovered for the first time that this was not the case. La’Quetta Small (Superintendent of Public Schools) wants to create a brand new position.
The previous state monitor eliminated this post. Why would he come back now?
Additionally, we have confirmed that board members did not receive their “packages” for this meeting until just a few hours before the meeting started. Again, why? What is the precipitation? what is the urgency?
“Binders” are provided to all board members and contain extensive supporting documentation regarding the meeting agenda.
The key is to receive the information packet with enough time to read and formulate a position on the various issues that will be discussed at the board meeting.
We interviewed Devlin, a member of the Board of Education, before and after yesterday’s special meeting, which was convened under the emergency title of the “Doctrine of Necessity”.
Devlin told us:
“While I support the decision to have an assistant superintendent to legally fill in when our superintendent is absent…
“I do not, however, believe it is fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Atlantic City to have to bear the cost of two assistant superintendents of schools at a cost of more than $150,000.00 per year each.”
“With Atlantic City’s student and resident population shrinking, I don’t believe the district warrants such an additional staff at this time,” Devlin said.
The Atlantic City School Board abuses the “doctrine of necessity”.
I served two terms as a member of the board of education in the nearby town of Ventnor. We have never used the “doctrine of necessity” once in 6 years.
The Atlantic City School Board has used it 6-7 times this year.
We have learned that they will use it again when it is time to fill the new assistant superintendent position.
Here are the troubling circumstances. Atlantic City school board members have so many conflicts of interest that prevent many of them from being able to vote on certain issues.
Some of the conflicts include (board members) having immediate family members working for the school district. This jeans without special approval, these conflicted board members can’t even vote on the annual budget and other key issues.
They use the “doctrine of necessity” to gain approval to vote… where they would otherwise be prevented from doing so.
We urged the State of New Jersey to do its job of oversight…both at the City of Atlantic City and school board level.
Mismanagement is out of control.
New Jersey High School Graduation Rate
The lists below show the 4-year graduation rates for New Jersey public schools for the 2020-21 school year. The statewide graduation rate fell slightly from 91% in 2019-20 to 90.6%.
The lists, which are sorted by county and include a separate list for charter schools, also include a second graduation rate, which excludes students whose special education IEPs allow them to qualify for degrees even if they don’t. not meet the usual course and attendance requirements.
Columns with an asterisk or “N” indicate that there was no data or that it was suppressed to protect student confidentiality.