We have learned that the longtime Atlantic City Board of Education Business Administrator is leaving the embattled school district.

We can’t blame Celeste Ricketts one bit. We’re tempted to offer her our congratulations.

The overall management of the Atlantic City Public Schools is disastrous under Superintendent La’Quetta Small.

La’Quetta Small is currently facing serious child abuse criminal charges as follows:

  • 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.
  • 3 separate counts of disorderly persons simple assault.

Additionally, Marty Small and Constance Days-Chapman have also been criminally charged as follows:

MARTY SMALL is criminally charged with:

  • 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.
  • 3rd degree aggravated assault
  • 3rd degree terroristic threats
  • disorderly persons simple assault.

Atlantic City High School Principal, Constance Days-Chapman has been criminally charged with:

  • second-degree Official Misconduct
  • third-degree Hindering Apprehension of
  • Another.
  • fourth-degree Obstruction of Justice.
  • disorderly persons Failure to Report Child Abuse.

Try imagine how difficult a job it is to be the business administrator for the board of education, when the mayor, superintendent and high school principal are criminally charged with child abused offenses.

It’s a nightmare.

Everyone in the Atlantic City public school’s district is afraid to talk to anyone about what is going on. They all fear political retaliation from Marty and La’Quetta Small.

Nonetheless, we have been able to obtain proof of the opening for a new business administrator.

Here is a copy of the official job opening posting:

Harry Hurley photo.
Harry Hurley photo.

About the outgoing business administrator, here is what an Atlantic City public schools insider told us:

“They're probably going to beg her to stay. She leaves. They've got a real problem. She was a pain in the a** and didn't always pay things on time for whatever reason, but she was pretty good at what she did. She did know purchasing procedure and statute,” said the insider.

The insider told us that the Smalls’ have a loyal person that they can trust to take over this key responsibility.

This is a most important position, because they are basically the purchasing agent for all of the Atlantic City public schools.

This represents more than $250 million a year in spending.


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