BOE to Vote on New Interim Superintendent

The West Orange School District may be run by an interim superintendent until June 2013.


A new interim superintendent is expected to be appointed tonight by the West Orange Board of Education.

James O’Neill is being considered by the board as long-term interim superintendent for the district. If appointed, O’Neill will have a contract extending from Aug. 9 to June 2013. He will be paid $673.07 per day. 

Most recently, O’Neill  of the Roxbury School District for the 2011-12 school year. Before that, he was the superintendent of Chatham School District from 2003 to 2011, and principal of Chatham High School from 1996 to 2003. 

The board will vote on O'Neill's appointment tonight during a special meeting at the district’s administration building, 179 Eagle Rock Ave. The board is expected to enter into closed session at 6 p.m., and begin the public portion of the meeting at 8 p.m.  

Current Superintendent Anthony Cavanna was placed on  in July pending an investigation by the board. At that time, Assistant Superintendent Donna Rando was appointed to act as interim superintendent during Cavanna’s absence. 

Both O'Neill and Board of Education President Laura Lab declined to comment until after the board voted on the appointment. 

The full agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found in the photo gallery. 

Gary Englert August 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Alan Saunders: Unfortunately, the paradigm has truly shifted with Governor Christie capping superintendent's pay at $175K, so we're entering a brave new world here. Dr. O'Neill is on a list of qualified "interim superintendents" and is essentially being paid a per diem equal to this new cap when annualized. While Chatham's democgraphic is different from West Orange, it too has experienced significant growth over the last decade. Dr. Cavanna was hired by the Board utilizing both a paid consultant and a community committee that interviewed applicants. Sometimes, no matter how much due diligence you do, the gears jus don't mesh.
john anthony prignano August 07, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Correction; It's not the top 205 households earning $123,000 or more. It should read the top 20% of households earning $132,000 or more.
john anthony prignano August 07, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Forgive my bragadoccio , but I consider myself a damned good magician . Here's a trick I think everyone will enjoy . First , tell me how much money you have in your wallet . Your answer in "None " Okay, now listen carefully; Teachers struggle on 100k. We need to pay them more to hire and retain the best talent . They go above and beyond . They come early and stay late . They care about our kids, and they take private sector jobs away from the tax- paying public out of dire necessity . NOW look in your wallet . NOW how much money do you have in your wallet ? There should now be several one hundred dollar bills in it. Your answer is still " None "????? { Sigh } I guess I,m not as good a magician as I thought I was .
john anthony prignano August 07, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Adam We often hear this lament from teachers and their supporters : " We live in a part of the country where the cost of living is very high. People who make 100k are struggling too. Now, let us keep in mind the shop - worn cliche, " Just because you choose to be a teacher, that doesn't mean you have to take a vow of poverty " Lots and lots of teachers retire every year , and many remain in New Jersey . How ? They're struggling on their salaries, but they're retiring on significantly less. But this is even more bizarre ; Many teachers who have recently retired entered into their retirements by this route : " Member over 55 has chosen to take early retirement " These people aren't being forced to take a vow of poverty, they're opting for it .
john anthony prignano August 08, 2012 at 12:01 AM
wohopeful There are three million people in NJ making less than $34,300 and bringing home smaller average paychecks than a decade ago. More than three quarters of all the new income generated In New Jersey during the decade was earned by the top 20% : people earning $132,000 or more. In 1990, only 19% of New Jerseyans who held a job relied on food stamps .That grew to 30% in 2010. I'm sure you've read the letters posted on this site . Do you think a certain group of letter writers cares about the things I've written about the economy ? Has even one of them criticized the School Board for allowing teachers to provide the equivalent of 14 days less instructional time at the High School than the State average ? Do you understand that the days of live and let live are long over ? It's not enough to bleed people dry for garbage, They take away their employers jobs every chance they get .But they not only want people's money and love and respect, they also want to crush and humiliate people. Alot of what I've witnessed first hand is pure sadism. Live and let die is the new order of the day .Look at the facts I've provided here, yet their untenable rhetoric continues unabated, and ever more strident. What more proof do you need ?


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