While runaway inflation (8.5% of the consumer price index) in America has reached levels not seen since 1981, there does not appear to be a recession at the Atlantic City Board of Education .
Even with declining enrollment, the Atlantic City School Board is gearing up to hire people for big bucks.
Atlantic City Board of Education member John Devlin recently called the drop in student numbers “historically significant.”
Critics point out that Atlantic City Hall, under Marty Small, and Atlantic City Public Schools under La’Quetta Small (husband and wife) are becoming pseudo employment agencies for friends and well-connected people .
The two Smalls (combined) receive more than $400,000 a year in salaries, plus benefits; health benefits, cars, details of the protection of the mayor, driver, etc.
Here is an example of a position that was approved at the regular ACBOE meeting last night.
The position of Teacher Coordinator: District-wide Elementary Extracurricular Athletics (located in the ACBOE job compendium, based in the administration building).
Jason Lantz was hired last night for this position at an annual salary of $100,149, with a master’s degree and he was placed in step 14 + $568 in longevity pay.
That position was held by then-Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small.
Small was eliminated from this position due to necessary budget cuts years ago. The post was deemed unnecessary.
A current member of ACBOE confirmed to us that placing this employee in step 14 of the salary guide is unprecedented.
According to the board member, Lantz’s previous position will also be filled.
New Jersey Senator Vince Polistina, R-2, introduces legislation for the State of New Jersey to take over the Atlantic City Public Schools District.
In a future report, we will reveal additional jobs that are created and/or filled by the Atlantic City School Board.
Atlantic City has fewer students, but has a bloated administration that keeps getting bigger.
Statewide, 45,000 students have dropped out of New Jersey public schools in the past two years.
Parental rights in education will weigh heavily in the upcoming general elections on November 8, 2022.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy understands. He recently highlighted the important role parents play in the lives of their children in public schools.
The issue of trying to detach parents from the process of delivering their children’s education was the turning point in the Commonwealth of Virginia election between former Governor Terry McAuliffe, who lost to new Governor Glenn Youngkin.
There may be 5 or more important jobs that the Atlantic City School Board is preparing to hire.
To be continued.
THE SOURCE: Atlantic City School Board.
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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 listings, which are sorted by county and include a separate listing for charter schools, also include a second graduation rate, which excludes students whose special education IEPs allow them to qualify for degrees despite not not meet typical 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.