The graduation rate in Camden, New Jersey jumped six percent last year, and the school superintendent is optimistic about the future.
Officer Gabrielle Camacho said she looks forward to her 30 minutes with the students each week.
Paymon Rouhanifard considers his five promises made in January a work in progress. This was his first quarterly update on what’s called the “Camden Commitment”.
School district superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard says declining enrollment, overspending, and cuts in federal funding mean the district is facing a $75-million shortfall.
The program is not new, but more than ten percent of the families living in Camden have not yet registered their three- or four-year-olds for the free, all-day preschool program.
District schools will now be in session for students and staff from April 21-25, which had been scheduled as Spring Break.
Paymon Rouhanifard has been on the job for about three months. And while he recognizes the challenges ahead, he also sees a great deal of potential.
The governor’s appearance was part pep talk and part photo op as his re-election campaign moves into high gear.
“I think you can tell from his personal story that this is someone who understands challenge,” the governor said as he introduced Paymon Rouhanifard as his selection for superintendent.