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Paterson school district gives assemblywoman’s husband 13 percent pay raise

By Jayed Rahman
Published: August 31, 2020

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The husband of assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter has received a 13 percent salary increase from the Paterson Public Schools.

School board members raised Kenneth Sumter’s salary from $102,267 to $115,288, a 13 percent increase, on August 12, according to public documents.

Sumter’s job title was changed from acting supervisor of special education, technology and compliance to supervisor of special education technology and data compliance.

“With the Board of Education’s recent decision about Mr. Sumter’s employment, Mr. Sumter has gone from working 10 months of the year to 12 months,” said Paul Brubaker, spokesman for superintendent Eileen Shafer.

Brubaker said Sumter has been given more responsibilities.

Sumter is working with Management and Information Systems Department on student attendance data, and compiling special education IEP compliance data from all of the district’s schools and reporting that data to the state. It includes district affiliated pre-k programs and out of district students, said Brubaker.

“Mr. Sumter will also be monitoring federal programs and special projects for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, policies and procedures. By designating these responsibilities to Mr. Sumter, the district will perform more efficiently in these areas,” said Brubaker.

Sumter has been working at the Paterson school district for 24 years, according to public records.

School board president Kenneth Simmons did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

Sumter did not respond to an email seeking his input for this story.

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