By Karen Yi
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
In an early and sudden move by incoming Newark Schools Superintendent Roger Leon, 31 employees -- including several high-ranking administrators -- were told Friday they would be fired if they didn't resign by next week, two sources with knowledge of the matter told NJ Advance Media.
The overhaul, first reported by Chalkbeat Newark, comes a week before Leon takes the helm as the district's first School Board-picked leader in 22 years. The state returned local control of the schools to the board earlier this year.
A school district spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
The shake-up appears to target employees associated with former state-appointed superintendents Cami Anderson and Christopher Cerf, often criticized for bringing in "outsiders" to run the district, and foreshadows Leon's likely departure from their vision.
A native Newarker, Leon has worked in the district for 25 years, as a principal and later as an assistant superintendent. He officially begins his tenure July 1.
Leonie Haimson at the Skinny Awards last Tuesday said that Richard Carranza was the best NYC Chancellor she's seen in twenty years and she was hopeful.
Chancellor Carranza could take a bold step by having a Newark style housecleaning at the Department of Education here in NYC. However, with Mayor Bill de Blasio still at the helm in a mayoral dictatorship over the schools, I'll believe there will be real change when I see it.