Newark Schools Eliminate More Than 100 Administrator Positions

Monday, March 4, 2013

Newark Public Schools has laid off more than 100 employees across the district who oversee departments such as mathematics, world language and athletics, a district spokeswoman said yesterday.

The decision to eliminate 129 supervisory positions comes as the district aims to create small schools within the 40,000-student district—a shift that would make many of the administrative positions redundant, spokeswoman Renee Harper said.

“When department chairs were first introduced in Newark, they oversaw operations at huge schools,” Harper said. “Now that we’re moving to smaller school models—which are safer and produce better student achievement results— department chairs will no longer be needed.”

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