ATLANTIC CITY — The board of Atlantic Human Resources Inc. will take over day-to-day operations of the organization after accepting the resignation letter of Executive Director Joseph Gaynor, effective May 3.

In the past month, the local nonprofit relinquished control of its federally funded early childhood education program, Head Start, and had two senior programs suspended.

Board President Sonya Harris said after a regular meeting Tuesday that there are some concerns the board will need to address, and they are conducting “an in-depth (fiscal) assessment of the remaining programs.”

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AHR has about six to eight local, state and federally funded programs, Harris said.

She added that the loss of Head Start will require a reduction in administrative force since the grant accounted for about half of the organization operations.

The decision to relinquish Head Start was a hard one, she said, but it came as a suggestion from the New York regional office.

In a teleconference at the beginning of the month, just prior to the April 4 relinquishing, Head Start officials advised the nonprofit that if their funds are later suspended, AHR will not be allowed to re-compete for the grant.

They had been informed that they would not be renewed after the current grant expired on June 30.

“We are saddened that recent events have impacted our clients, employees and community,” Harris said in a statement following the meeting Tuesday evening.

The state Department of Community Affairs will conduct a fiscal assessment of the organization, Harris said. The board is concerned about the state of AHR and hopes to have more answers in coming weeks.

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