Camden superintendent agrees to buyout

    CAMDEN, N.J.  — The school superintendent in Camden is leaving the job after five years.

    The district’s school board on Tuesday approved a $62,000 buyout for Bessie LaFra Young. That’s the equivalent of three months’ pay. She is also due to receive additional expense payments.

    Her last day is June 30.

    It’s not clear whether the school board or the state Education Department will choose her replacement. The state could take that role because most of the district’s schools are considered to be failing under state policy.

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    Young drew criticism for missing more than 180 days of work during a medical leave that ended in February. She told The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill this week that she needed the time off because she has sarcoidosis, a chronic inflammatory disease.

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