Two former school district employees, including the one who oversaw its affirmative action policies, filed race discrimination suits in September, saying they were fired because they’re not Hispanic.

Bernice Marshall, the former human resources manager, and Edmund Treadway, the former transportation manager, argue in Superior Court filings that the Perth Amboy School District is favoring Hispanic job candidates and employees.

“No one’s paying attention to the kids,” said Marshall, who is African-American. “It’s about who’s getting hired, who needs to be hired. They’re paying attention to controlling the jobs in the district. They could care less about curriculum and instruction.”

School board members and officials dispute that the district discriminates against non-Hispanic candidates. Derlys Gutierrez, the school district’s lawyer, said that two recent lawsuits are “without merit.”

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