School District Appointee Lacked Certification for Six-Figure Job

3a44ebc47a6697b0e3c6_skulboard.jpg
3a44ebc47a6697b0e3c6_skulboard.jpg

PATERSON, NJ – Grisell Hernandez, a retired principal, has changed her mind about taking an interim position as an assistant superintendent with Paterson Public Schools.

As it turns out, Hernandez did not have the state certification required for the job.

Hernandez was listed in the position, which pays between $140,000 and $167,000, on a school district organization chart dated November 4.

Sign Up for E-News

In a November 28 interview about the revised administrative structure, state-appointed superintendent Donnie Evans said Hernandez had the certification required for the job and would serve on an interim basis until someone were picked for the position permanently.

But PatersonPress.com subsequently requested a copy of Hernandez’ certification under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA).

In response to the OPRA request, the district’s spokeswoman, Terry Corallo, issued a statement on Wednesday that said Hernandez “does not hold this specific certification. (I know Dr. Evans believed and stated otherwise).   We did not need to proceed in any further manner as Ms. Hernandez has already indicated that she is no longer interested in accepting this interim position.’’

District officials would not say when or why Hernandez declined the job. Hernandez could not be reached for comment. Even though Hernandez was listed in the assistant superintendent position on a chart issued a month ago, she had not yet started work, according to Coralllo.

 Corallo would not clarify why Evans previously said Hernandez had the certification.

The duties that would have been assigned to Hernandez are “being shared by several district leaders,’’ Corallo said.

The Board of Education on December 21 is scheduled to approve a $50,000 contract for a private company to conduct a search for candidates for the position.

  

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23

Memorial Hall, Paterson

Cost Free Courses

Education

Sat, March 3, 12:00 PM

The Bethwood, Totowa

Have-A-Heart Tricky Tray

Food & Drink Giving Back

With Shafer the Lines of Communication are Always Open

February 15, 2018

Dear Editor:

I find myself in a juxtaposition right now.

On the one hand, I did question the process. On the other hand, I am fully supportive of Ms. Shafer.

I want to go on record as saying that I am completely confident in her leadership. I’ll briefly explain my reason.

When I served on the school board I was able to always reach Ms. Shafer. The lines of communication were ...

Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders Introduces 2018 Budget

February 15, 2018

(Paterson, New Jersey) – On February 13, 2018, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced the 2018 budget with conservative revenue projections, improved reserve levels, and significant investment in infrastructure improvements. The 2018 budget reflects fiscally sound financial policies, strong budgetary flexibility, proactive increases to manage volatile expense line items, ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...