The board has not yet decided whether Mills will remain as interim superintendent until a permanent replacement for Young is selected or if another search for an interim will be conducted, board attorney Lester Taylor said this morning.
"All (options) are on the table," Taylor said.
The decision to appoint Mills did not come until after midnight when the board came out of closed session.
Prior to the closed session Young gave an impromptu farewell speech in which she chastised the state for pushing their agenda, which she claims is privatization of schools, and using the district's money to do it.
"You are allowing people to reorganize, re-budget your money," Young said, speaking to the audience of about 50 people and the district's television camera, which broadcasts the meetings to residents on CCS-TV Ch. 19 and 30.
"For some reason, somehow, someone thought they could use Camden as a wholesale market," Young exclaimed from her seat among the board members, almost in a preaching tone.
Before coming to Camden as part of Young's team in 2007, Mills served as director of school support services in Philadelphia, overseeing professional development for principals, school police, and food service personnel.
He received his New Jersey administrator certificate in 2008, according to a copy provided by the district.
Under her contract, Young is to receive three months' pay, totaling $62,000, in severance, plus an as-yet-undisclosed amount in reimbursement for travel and other expenses.
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