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First Black woman to head regional Red Cross holds on to mother, grandmother’s wisdom

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First Black woman to head regional Red Cross holds on to mother, grandmother’s wisdom

By: Tanya O’Rourke via

ATLANTIC CITY — The Board of Education appointed La’Quetta Small to be superintendent of schools in a special meeting packed with supporters Tuesday night.

“I want to thank President Shay Steele and the board for their vote of confidence in my ability to lead the district,” Small said after the vote. “My focus will always be what is in the best interest of the students.”

Small, wife of Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr., will start in the new position Jan. 1 with a four-year contract at an annual salary of $210,000. She is currently principal at Atlantic City High School.

The board voted to appoint La’Quetta Small after taking public comment for about an hour, which was overwhelmingly supportive of her, and then breaking for an executive session.

Ventnor Mayor Beth Holtzman kicked off the public comments by expressing strong support for hiring La’Quetta Small as superintendent. Ventnor is a…

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