Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Camden School District Superintendent plans to return Feb. 1

After several months of being out on medical leave, Camden School District Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young says she is planning to return to her post Feb. 1.

Camden School District Superintendent plans to return Feb. 1

After several months of being out on medical leave, Camden School District Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young says she is planning to return to her post Feb. 1.

"I should be in full-form when I get back," Young told me over the weekend when reached at home. 

Young's return will be up for a vote at the School Board's Tuesday meeting.  

Some district employees and parents have expressed concerns about Young's leadership, in particular her constant absence. When interviewed last week, many didn't even know when Young was expected back.  

During Young’s five years as superintendent, students have continuously performed poorly on state standardized tests; 23 of the 27 district schools have been put on the state’s new priority schools, which are the worst of the worst in the state; and most recently, the state has launched an investigation into reports of inaccurate accounting of violent incidents.

Young, who has a $244,083 salary, points to the consolidation of some of the schools and keeping a balanced budget as measures of her success.

For more on Young's record as superintendent and her (expected) return, look for my story in Tuesday's Inquirer and philly.com. 

School board meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1600 Pine St. in Camden.

About this blog

Allison Steele writes about Camden’s schools, government and businesses. Most importantly, she writes about the city’s residents. She is a former crime reporter who covered the Camden and Philadelphia police departments for the Inquirer. A Philly native, she has been with the Inquirer since 2008.

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