In a phone interview today Supt. Rafferty said his retirement will not become official until the Board of Education accepts his letter of resignation at the May 11 Board caucus.
“Things are going well in the district. Our student's test scores have improved. U.S. News and World Report named our high school The Best in 2015, our graduation rate has increased from 82 percent to 94.4 percent. Gloucester City School District is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada who was honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. And the new elementary school will open in September. ”
“The Gloucester City School District has been working to create a school environment that looks at a child readiness to learn and build academic lessons that build students the confidence to be successful. Working with the child's learning styles to help them to master information and framing the lessons that highlight their interests. It is great to see the results of the students and teachers hard work.
“I am 57-years-old. Barb (his wife) and I feel it is time for me to step down. I want to do other things. I am a deacon at St. Mary’s Church and I want to do more in that capacity. My father never got the chance to retire. He died young. I thought about that when making my decision along with wanting to do something different with the rest of my life.’”
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According to reliable sources, Rafferty sent the following email to staff and school board members; “After 34 years in education, my wife Barb and I have decided to retire September 1, 2017. I will be submitting an official letter to the Board for their next meeting.”
The Board of Education renewed Rafferty’s contract for another three years in June 2015. That contract doesn’t expire until June 30, 2018. Under that new agreement, his salary increased to $157,500 or $5,602 more than his previous salary of $151,898.
The following year, Rafferty received a $15,000 merit bonus increasing his salary to $172,500.
At the September 13, 2016, Board of Education meeting Rafferty announced he was giving back $12,600 of that bonus to the district to be used for other things, like the new multi-million middle school that is being built.
We reached out to Rafferty for a comment. We are still waiting for his reply.
Rafferty was hired in 2012 at a salary of $146,000 plus benefits. He replaced Paul Spaventa who was receiving a salary of $162,000 at the time.
School superintendents in the communities of Audubon, Brooklawn, and Woodlynne are also retiring this year.