Monday, December 29, 2014

Camden superintendent Young to leave in June; board will vote Tuesday

The Camden City Board of Education is set to vote Tuesday on a buyout package for Superintendent Bessie LaFra Young, who has drawn sharp criticism for having called out sick for the equivalent of more than a school year of time since being hired five years ago.

Camden superintendent Young to leave in June; board will vote Tuesday

The Camden City Board of Education is set to vote Tuesday on a buyout package for Superintendent Bessie LaFra Young, who has drawn sharp criticism for having called out sick for the equivalent of more than a school year of time since being hired five years ago.

Young, a former top administrator in the Philadelphia school district who has a year left in her current contract, will be stepping down June 30 from her $244,083 job at the helm of the long-struggling district, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Inquirer.

Following the terms of her contract, Young would receive three months’ pay, totaling about $62,000, if the agreement is accepted by the board and then by state Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf.

Young in addition has filed for reimbursements for five years’ worth of travel and other expenses, the sources said. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the confidential negotiations.

It was not immediately known how much money she is requesting in reimbursements.

When reached at home Saturday, Young said she was not “at liberty to discuss” the buyout negotiations.

Read the full story in Sunday's Inquirer.

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