PATERSON, NJ - The school district has created the new position of Director of High Schools and appointed Alexandra Gina to the job on an interim basis with a salary of $121,810.

State-appointed superintendent Donnie Evans decided to create the job after naming Eileen Shafer as his deputy superintendent, according to district spokeswoman Terry Corallo.

"Eileen Shafer was performing this function but once she was promoted, this was a critical role that the superintendent wanted to ensure we had to continue the positive momentum across our high schools,'' Corallo said.

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The appointment was included in the monthly personnel report provided to Board of Education members last week.

Gina previously had been the district's supervisor of language arts, a position that came with a $111,640 salary. The personnel report did not indicate who would get the language arts job.