Education

Parents Demand Immediate Removal of Acting Flem-Rar Schools Chief

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Acting Flemington-Raritan School District Superintendent Stephanie Voorhees. Credits: Curtis Leeds
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Editor's note: This article has been updated to inlcude a response from school board president Anna Fallon.

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Three township residents have taken their complaint about the K-8 school district’s acting schools superintendent to the state Commissioner of Education. 

After Flemington-Raritan School District Superintendent Dr. Maryrose Caulfield resigned and then – under community pressure – asked to be relieved of her duties, the school board named its Board Secretary and Business Administrator Stephanie Voorhees as Acting Superintendent. The board planned for Voorhees to remain in that post until Johanna Ruberto, who is the Interim Superintendent in the Hunterdon Central High School District, would take over on  July 3.

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The letter to Acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington signed by Elana Korn, Rachael Ladd and Rachael White states that Executive Superintendent of county schools Juan Torres “has informed multiple members” of the school community that Voorhees “lacks the required certifications to hold the Acting Superintendent position.” It seeks Voorhees’ immediate removal.

Torres’ office has referred inquiries to the state Department of Education press office, which has not directly responded to questions about Voorhees’ certifications.

School board president Anna Fallon responded to the complaint today.

"Ms. Voorhees holds an Administrative Certificate, with both the provisional school administrator endorsement, and the school administrator certificate of eligibility," Fallon wrote, "pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-12.4(a) and (c), which permits her to serve as the Board’s Acting Superintendent until the Interim Superintendent assumes the role."

The next scheduled Board of Educatiobn meeting is June 26.

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