Atlantic County Commissioners passed a resolution on Feb 15 in support of stricter background checks for those working with children within local school districts.
Commissioners Jim Bertino and Frank Balles drafted the resolution that passed with majority, non-partisan support. Commissioner Ernest Coursey, Chief of Staff for Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small recused himself and did not vote.
Commissioners want NJ Governor Murphy and the NJ Attorney General to investigate, identify and correct processes in State agencies to make sure vulnerable children have proper professional care.
At issue: How did cousin of Marty and LaQuetta Small (Kayan Frazier) get NJ State job working with kids even after being fired for criminal behavior involving elementary school students?
Former Atlantic City School District substitute teacher Kayan Frazier is a relative of school superintendent LaQuetta Small, spouse of AC Mayor Marty Small. Frazier is serving a 20 year federal prison sentence for child exploitation, sexual abuse and child pornography.
How did it happen? What can be done to make sure it won’t happen again? Why didn’t Principal LaQuetta Small comply with local law and report the abuse to police?
Ventnor is a ‘sending’ district to Atlantic City High School. Ventnor taxpayers are charged $4 million per year to send 191 Ventnor students to AC High, and gets a vote on the AC Board of Education.
Ventnor voted NO to continue independent investigation into student sex abuse within AC school district.
Ventnor voted YES to give outgoing AC school boss Barry Caldwell a 12% raise, effectively padding his pension.
Ventnor Mayor Beth Holtzman publicly endorsed LaQuetta Small and Barry Caldwell, both of whom are defendants in an ongoing, student sex abuse lawsuit.
Why won’t AC school board release independent PORZIO investigation report?Concerned parents.
Politicians and civic leaders being asked to support resolution:
- Assembly; Don Guardian & Claire Swift.
- NJ Senator Vince Polistina.
- Advisor to NJ Gov Murphy, Chris Brown.
- Ventnor Mayor, Beth Holtzman.
- NJ Attorney General.
- Atlantic County School District leaders.
- City Council of Atlantic City.
- AC Council President, George Tibbitt.
- Atlantic County Prosecutor.
Read FBI report here:
5 thoughts on “Atlantic County Commissioners Pass Resolution Targeting Student Sex Abuse”
Don’t know what the school board and Mayor Holtzman were thinking when they support sexual predators and overpaid administrators in our schools.
I do know that Ventnor is only one of a handful of municipalities with an appointed school board out of the 599 school districts in the state.
Obviously, that has to change.
Why is Ventnor sending so much money to a school district with poor performance and lack of concern for any and all childrens’ welfare?
Yes, everything that it takes to get to the bottom of any student abuse accusations should be done by designated officials who are not related to the suspect and protect all students no matter who the perpetrator is or was.
Sometimes it appears that some laws are enforced to protect the guilty and do very little for the rights of the victims.
All parents and guardians should feel assured that the school district and their officials, teachers, etc., are performing their duties to protect all students from any form of abuse.
With such known oversight and neglect of duty from AC mayor, the school district, investigators, etc., why would any parent send their child to Atlantic City schools?
Why doesn’t Ventnor and Margate webcast their school board meetings? Don’t want parents to see what’s being discussed?
As long as Ventnor’s Mayor has no moral compass, she will continue on wrong path. She still hasn’t verbally denounced abuse.
Keep your kids close when she’s in your presence. You saw who she backs. No accountability.
Where was background check required when working with children? There was none, or it was covered up.
ACCOUNTABILITY with public officials is missing
Ocean City, Brigantine, Ventnor & Margate refuse to live-stream and record their school board meetings for YouTube. What are they hiding?