On June 30, Ventnor voted YES and gave controversial Atlantic City school superintendent, Barry Caldwell, a new contract worth over $220,000 per year.
Michael Cupeles is Ventnor’s new representative on the Atlantic City School Board. This seat comes with voting rights.
Cupeles voted YES to the Atlantic City School Superintendent’s 12% raise. Other employees only get 2% annual raises.
Appointing Ventnor rep for AC Board of Education position is responsibility of Ventnor Mayor, Beth Holtzman.
Ventnor sends 191 students to Atlantic City High School at a cost of $18,000 per pupil. That’s almost $4 million per year that Ventnor sends to the poorly rated, Atlantic City High School.
Less than 25% of AC High School students are proficient in basic math & grammar.
Ventnor’s Deal with Atlantic City High School:
AC School Superintendent Barry Caldwell is currently a defendant in a student sex abuse lawsuit that also involves the Atlantic City Mayor and his wife, the Principal of Atlantic City High School.
Atlantic City Schools: High Cost of Low Grades.
Public Comment: Atlantic City School District is run by embattled superintendent, Barry Caldwell. He’s not well-liked, but Caldwell seems to be well-protected by those in Trenton.
Barry Caldwell’s Report Card:
- 20% of students never graduate.
- Less than 25% have basic math & writing skills
- 40% student chronic absentee rate.
- Un-resolved school security issues.
- Poor vetting of personnel.
- No middle-school athletics.
- No vo-tech training.
- Student sex-abuse scandal.
Parents question credentials of Barry Caldwell: He was never a teacher. He’s not qualified to run a school district. No experience in education or teaching.
Emmett Fitz-Hume – Caldwell; pure entitlement and arrogance. Backdooring himself a 12% raise for his pension.
Brian Wastell – People of AC should be ashamed and embarrassed. They’re ok with it.
Tom Forkin : Caldwell is NOT a certified teacher. Never taught a child. Unqualified.
Ventnor school tax rate: Homeowners pay $1,251 for every $150,000 of assessed valuation.
Ventnor School District currently has 632 students.
Ventnor School District sends 191 students to Atlantic City High School.