Donnie Evans, Gov. Jon Corzine's pick to be the new Paterson Superintendent of Schools, left his last job amidst considerable criticism of his actions during a 2007 snowstorm that left more than 100 children stuck on school buses for nearly six hours. Evans, who was the Providence, Rhode Island Superintendent of Schools from 2005 to 2008, announced he would leave his post just a few before the school board was set to vote on his reappointment. One week earlier, the local teachers union passed a no confidence vote on Evans' job performance.
An aide to a top Rhode Island elected official told PolitickerNJ.com that Evans would not have been rehired.
Last fall, Evans was a finalist for the St. Louis Superintendent of Schools post, but did not get the job.
The state Board of Education must approve Corzine's recommendation, which was made with the help of an eighteen-member panel that included local Paterson officials, community leaders and clergy, and former U.S. Rep. Herman Badillo (D-Bronx).