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The superintendent of Voorhees Township Public Schools was removed by the Board of Education on Wednesday night.

David Gentile, superintendent since June 2019, was immediately relieved of his duties after the board unanimously voted not to renew his contract, which ends on June 30, according to a board memo to the school district.

"First, please understand that we do not take these decisions lightly. Our decisions were thoughtful, rationale and based in data and facts," the board said in its memo. "At the end of the day, we are tasked with doing what is in the best interests of the district and for the children that we serve in this community."

Board President Monica Watson told in an email on Thursday evening that she could share only what information went out to the community and district in two memos. Mike Redfearn, the coordinator of community education and recreation for the district, was appointed acting superintendent.

Before Gentile joined Voorhees, he spent nearly eight years as a consultant with Tailored Educational Designs LLC, a firm that provided teacher professional and leadership development, according to Gentile's LinkedIn profile. For 10 years, beginning June 2009, he served as superintendent in the Millville Public School District. He received his doctor of education degree in educational leadership and administration from Rowan University, according to his profile.

"We recognize that these changes may come as a surprise to some parents, but we are responsible for ensuring our district has strong and capable leadership and that our students have a safe and positive learning environment," the board wrote in a memo to the community. "We also conducted a Climate Survey for the district staff and administration, which provided invaluable data and information and allowed us to move forward."