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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (August 30, 2017)—Gloucester City School Superintendent Joseph Rafferty, who announced his retirement from that position in April, has been hired for the position of principal at St. Paul Grammar School, Burlington.
When asked why he was retiring Rafferty said “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.’”
Today, we asked Rafferty via an email what changed his mind? As of this posting we haven’t received his response.
Prior to our April phone interview with Rafferty he had 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.
Catholic schools in the Burlington City region have been faced with declining enrollment and financial difficulties. About 17,000 students are enrolled in 43 diocesan and parish schools in the Diocese of Trenton.
St. Paul, a Pre-K to 8th Grade grammar school, had about 500 students a decade ago. It was founded in 1870 and is part of the parish of St. Katharine Drexel. According to philly.com in 2016 the school’s enrollment was 152 students, 10 less than the previous year.
A school spokesman posted a letter to parents about the new principal on the school's website. It reads in part:
I can now announce that we have a new principal for St. Paul School who will be starting this upcoming September. His name is Joseph Rafferty. Mr. Rafferty is a deacon in the Diocese of Camden serving St. Mary’s Parish in Gloucester City and has over 30 years of educational experience in both the Catholic and Public school systems. He is retiring as the Superintendent of the Gloucester City School District and is excited to continue using his educational experience coupled with his service to the Church. We are excited to welcome Deacon Joseph Rafferty as our new principal beginning in September.
Rafferty replaces William Robbins who held the position for the past five years. He announced his retirement several months ago, according to a school spokesman.
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