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Jersey City Schools Superintendent has Settled on Two Finalists; Both African-American Women

The nationwide search to find a new Jersey City schools superintendent has settled on two finalists, both African-American women who have histories as high-ranking administrators in the New York City public school system, according to sources.

School officials aren’t set to announce the names until tomorrow, but The Jersey Journal has learned that Debra A. Brathwaite, a deputy superintendent in South Carolina, and Marcia V. Lyles, superintendent of Delaware’s largest school district, are the leading contenders to become chief administrator for Jersey City’s 28,000-student district.

The district has tentatively scheduled a 6 p.m. town hall meeting on June 15 at School 11 on Bergen Avenue to allow the community to meet the two women, who are under consideration to replace former superintendent Charles T. Epps Jr.

Epps stepped down in December after leading the district for more than a decade. Franklin Walker, the interim superintendent, was interested in taking on the job permanently, but sources say he was eliminated from consideration.

Jersey City Board of Education president Sue Mack declined last night to comment on the search.

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