Hurley in the Morning: Atlantic City Schools Super to Retire

“Hurley in the Morning” has learned and confirmed news regarding the Atlantic City Board of Education.

First, Atlantic City Superintendent of Public Schools Donna Haye, will be absent from today (February 9, 2015 through February 24, 2015), while under Doctor’s care. Hurley obtained a confirmed copy Donn Haye’s letter to Barry Caldwell and Sherry Yahn (both Assistant Superintendents) and to the Atlantic City Board of Education Members.

Second, “Hurley in the Morning” has learned and confirmed that Atlantic City Superintendent of Public Schools Haye has submitted her letter of retirement, effective May 31, 2015.

Additionally, “Hurley in the Morning” has learned and confirmed that the Atlantic City Board of Education has sent Haye a RICE letter, advising her that they intend to discuss her in a meeting. New Jersey state law requires that a minimum of 48 hours in advance must be provided to the employee, when an employee is to be discussed.

The timing of Haye’s letter of retirement and that it is to take effect before the current school year ends on June 30, 2015 has taken Board members by surprise.

However, it opens the door for an “interim” Superintendent, with “Hurley in the Morning” already hearing whispers that former Superintendent Fred Nickles would be the perfect fit. The Nickles option is particularly attractive to many local insiders, because of the supreme political pressure being placed upon the Atlantic City City Public Schools system by the state of New Jersey.

This is a very fluid situation. It could end in many different ways:

The Board of Education could simply accept Donna Haye’s letter of retirement, which constitutes an opening, effective June 1, 2015. They would then seek to fill it, inititally with an Interim and ultimately with a permanent Superintendent.

In the end, The Board could ultimately decide to award Haye a new three year or five year year employment contract. Her current contract ends this upcoming June 30, 2015.

Haye could leave prior to May 31, 2015, thus opening the door for the appointment of an Interim Superintendent, even sooner.

The state of New Jersey is looking for massive budget cuts from the Atlantic City Public Schools system. They have already identified $ 10 million in cuts. This doesn’t scratch the surface of what the state is look for.

Hurley in the Morning: Atlantic City Schools Super to Retire