Atlantic City school board may publicly address superintendent’s charges

Superintendent La’Quetta Small

The Atlantic City Board of Education could finally publicly address the criminal charges filed against Superintendent La’Quetta Small.

Small and her husband, Mayor Marty Small, are accused of abusing their 16-year-old daughter on multiple occasions

Dr. Small has continued to lead the school district despite the pending abuse and child endangerment allegations without a word from the elected board despite three meetings since she and her husband were charged.

That could change at a special meeting set for Thursday night to discuss “personnel issues.” 

It is the second special meeting held by the board in the past week to discuss such issues.

At last Thursday’s meeting, the group voted on a doctrine of necessity that will allow the five members conflicted from making decisions about the superintendent to participate in the process, President Shay Steele explained.

He and fellow board members Patricia Bailey, Walter Johnson, Kashawn McKinley and Ruth Byard all have family members employed by the district.

McKinley himself is employed by the city, therefore work under Small’s husband, the mayor. There does not seem to be anything in place to address that potential conflict. 

The board previously approved attorney David Rubin as special counsel “to advise the Atlantic City Board of Education in matters involving the employment of the superintendent.”

Rubin would be paid $210 per hour with him not to exceed 10 hours without further board approval.

The Middlesex County-based attorney “has achieved national prominence of the field of education law through his representation of numerous public school districts and private schools throughout New Jersey, his longstanding leadership role in the National School Boards Association’s 3000–member Council of School Attorneys (COSA), and his reputation as a frequent author on school law issues and a sought–after speaker at conferences and seminars throughout the country,” according to his website.

He previously told BreakingAC that he could not comment on the issue.

Dr. Small and her husband were supposed to have their first court appearance Wednesday, but their attorneys separately waived that hearing.

They are now scheduled to appear for a pre-indictment conference on June 17 before Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury. 

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