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West Orange Board Appoints New Assistant Principal

The Board of Education appointed Lesley Chung on Wednesday evening, making her the fourth assistant principal at West Orange High School.

Lesley Chung was appointed the West Orange High School’s newest assistant principal on Wednesday night by the Board of Education. 

“It feels really great,” said Chung after her appointment by the board. “I ... look forward to the school year to bring new ideas that I have. I have already been researching neighboring districts and getting in contact with those schools to bring their best practices to West Orange.” 

Chung was a guidance counselor at the high school and will start as assistant principal Sept. 1. Her salary will be $109,470.39. 

The appointment makes Chung the fourth assistant principal at the high school. The others are: Annette Dade, Louis Della Pia, and Kimberly Juirdano-Mancarella.  

Chung, also a resident of West Orange, said as she moves into an administrative role, one of her most valuable assets will be her experience gained at the school. She started there in 2005, so she is familiar with its day-to-day workings. 

“I already know the student population, a lot of the students in the building whether it be as a guidance counselor or just in the community,” said Chung. “Now I get to not only affect my caseload of students, but the whole entire school overall to bring new ideas and programs to help our students.” 

Chung will be joining a new class of upper administrators this school year. Hayden Moore was as the high school’s new principal, and Dade was appointed an assistance principal earlier this year. 

“We are bringing a whole new regiment to the school with new ideas and programs and ways of thinking,” said Chung. “It is awesome. We all have been in the district for so long ... and we have worked together on so many projects.”

leslie August 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Does she have any classroom experience? If a VP has to evaluate teachers on their performance, it would be helpful if they have classroom experience.
john anthony prignano August 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Lesley Chung was hired by the West Orange Public School System in 2005 { total length of service 7 years } She is/was a Guidance Counselor at West Orange High School..She is not National Board Certified, she is not Highly Qualified, and she teaches no classes. If she has been a Guidance Counselor since she started in 2005, she has never taught a class.. She will start as an assistant principal September 1. Her salary will be $109,470.39
john anthony prignano August 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Lesley Chung was hired by the West Orange Public School System in 2005. Her total length of service is 7 years . She is/was a Guidance Counselor at West Orange High School.She is not National Board Certified, she is not Highly Qualified, and she teaches no classes . If she has been a Guidance Counselor since she started in 2005, she has never taught a class. She will start as an assistant principal September 1. Her salary will be $109,470.39.
Ann Aly Ahmed August 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
WOW!! This is FANTASTIC. Lesley is the PERFECT person to fill the position. I wish her Good Luck in her 1st year as an Assistant Principal.
john anthony prignano August 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM
leslie Good point
john anthony prignano August 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM
leslie Nobody, and I mean nobody, says anything about the fact that WOHS offers 14 days less instructional time than the State average . And many people - in - know are saying that the current amount of curriculum time offered in the public schools does not adequately meet the students' needs. Ms. Chung wants to bring " new ideas and programs to help our students. " Good for her. However, Ms. Chung's field of expertise is Guidance . I doubt if many of her ideas and programs relate directly to core - curriculum content and standards. And even if all her ideas and programs are utterly fabulous , where will WOHS find the time to implement them ? Clearly,they would be attempting to put 5 pounds of Chateaubriand in a 3 pound bag. " The most important classroom resource is time "
badbul August 31, 2012 at 12:17 AM
4 Assistant Principals in WOHS. Now I know why taxes are $13,000 a year!
Will Rod August 31, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Why stop at 4 assistant principals? We clearly need more people on the payroll and not in the classroom.... This really needs to stop. It's sickening at this point. Can't wait for the status quo to say there is no fat in the school budget. This is a PERFECT example of too many pigs at the trough.
john anthony prignano August 31, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Will Rod The current School Board is is simply continuing the great traditions established by previous West Orange School Boards - giving the educrats everything that's not nailed down .Years ago, I told a School Board member that the Board wasn't even trying to control costs. She said " We are, we've privatized cafeteria services" ?? As I've said,why pay 6 dollars an hour when you can pay 5 , and why pay teachers $100 an hour when you can pay them $150 an hour.It was the School Board, not the Teacher's Union,who fought for higher starting salaries . When the deal was finalized, Board member William Willis said " We were determined to get those starting salaries up there " Years ago when a budget was defeated, the School Board fired all the bus- aides. In 1998, the City Council cut no money from a defeated budget.The status quo will say there is little or no fat in the budget, and they will be right .The School Board will sign insanely overly generous, air tight contracts with the teachers and administrators, cut everything else to the bone or marrow, and then say to the public, "Show us the fat and we'll cut it " Millburn is running a shakedown racket .They eliminated COURTESY hazardous route busing .The parents must pay $580 a child, with a cap of $1160. A parent said " What can I do ? I can't let my 6 year old walk over a mile to school " Other parents said the same thing. If that's not a shakedown racket,what is ? P.S. The teacher's got a raise. GREAT comments,Will Rod
Ralph August 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM
4 seems like a lot of assistant principals....Did she replace someone or is this a newly created position? Do we need 4 because out "new" principal needs extra support?? Is there some state mandate on the number of AVP's a school has?? We keep hearing that there is no room to cut in the school budget....Just makes me wonder......
john anthony prignano August 31, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Dr. Donna Rando has been in West Orange for 12 years. She makes $200,000 a year, PLUS a $45,000 a year benefits package. She is NOT National Board Certified, and she is NOT highly qualified, yet she's the Assistant Superintendent in Charge of Curriculum Instruction.She should start by instructing herself on how to become Highly Qualified .Imagine, $245k a year, in charge of curriculum instruction no less, and not Highly Qualified .We also have the highest paid School Business Administrator in the State. Many years ago, the State presented the West Orange School Board with a BOOK of cost saving suggestions. Over and over again, the State pointed out that West Orange is one of, if not the most, generous Districts in New Jersey in terms of teacher and adminstrator compensation. It still is. AND, West Orange High School provides 14 days less yearly instructional time than the State average. Yet our teachers are demoralized, they feel underappreciated, they're fed up with the politics, etc. Our new Vice-Principal has a total of 7 years in the District as a Guidance Counselor. She is not National Board Certified, nor is she Highly Qualified.She's says she's excited because a whole new "regiment " will be in charge at WOHS..We all make mistakes,now we have to get the School Board to accept that simple truth. They give the educrats everything that's not nailed down, then they cut everything else to the marrow, and then they challenge the Public to find "the fat" in the budget.
Amazin Grace August 31, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Reject Amazin Grace 2:22 pm on Friday, August 31, 2012 We need highly qualified administrators be it in the class room or in a guidance position 7 years is enough experience working with students and aiding them to make the best choices! How can we put a limit or question how much this indidvidual is getting paid. There is no amount of money that will compensate for the education of our future. We are currently on the bottom of the education list, as a nation, so I say teachers and administrators ought to get paid triple the amount that surgeons make. Education starts in school so blessings to this young lady! Now raise the bar for our students Ms Chung!
john anthony prignano August 31, 2012 at 07:34 PM
" We need highly qualified administrators." Well said ! Ms. Chung is not National Board Certified, she is not Highly Qualified ,her chosen field of expertise is, at best, a pseudo - science, and it appears she has never been a classroom teacher What does she "teach " the Character Curriculum ? How dare the public schools try to indoctrinate children with THEIR definition of what " having character" means..I question what any individual or group I pay earns. Silly me. I base the costs of ALL goods and services I purchase I what I can afford . " There is no amount of money that will compensate for the education of our future" How much are you willing to pay for mediocrity,or worse? " We are currently at the bottom of the education list , as a nation ." EXACTLY! Do you sincerely believe the Public School's mission is " to prepare students to be successful in the high - tech , hyper-competitive, twenty - first century global economy? Teachers take private - sector jobs from their employers. 3,000,000 people in New Jersey earn $34,300 or less,and their take- home pay is shrinking. During the retraction, occupations that paid median hourly wages of $7.69 to $13.83, accounted for 21% of job losses.Since employment started expanding, they have accounted for FIFTY EIGHT PERCENT of all job GROWTH. A 40 something WO teacher with a bachelor's degree makes $150 an hour. Mentor,coach,moonlight? More $$$. Guess what ? I too wish Ms.Chung all the best. There's an awful lot at stake.
Kathleen Kay August 31, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I am surprised at the people who comment on Ms. Chung's qualifications without any idea of what they are. She was a classsroom teacher in another district prior to taking the guidance job at WOHS. She is also a highly professional, excellent educator and a wonderful person who cares deeply about the students at WOHS. Is it too much to ask people to find out the facts before they speculate wildly about her credentials? I am thrilled she has been hired to replace Mr. Moore as assistant principal.
john anthony prignano August 31, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Ms. Chung's official profile from 2010 - 2011 reads ; Experience District ,5 years. Experience New Jersey, 5 years . Experience total ,5 years . So enlighten us about this other district she taught in . Ms. Chung is not National Board Certified, and she is not Highly Qualified . Her chosen field of expertise is, at best , a pseudo - science. From time to time, teachers will write on Patch, " I am a good teacher . All of my students pass the standardized tests ". That's certainly an objective way of measuring the quality of teacher's work, don't you think ? You say she is an excellent educator. Where are the words educator or teacher in her job description ? She guides and counsels .She cares deeply about her students and is a wonderful person .And how do those qualities boost test scores and create employment opprotunities for her students ? She said nothing about the fact that WOHS provides 14 days less instructional time than the State average . She wants to bring new ideas and programs to the school .Why didn't she add to that statement " I am determined to raise standards and improve test scores !"? Because, in my opinion, she's not .You're thrilled, I'm thrilled . I truly wish Ms. Chung much success - objective, clearly defined,and measurable success
john anthony prignano August 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Kathleen " She is a highly professional , excellent educator who cares deeply about her students. " Highly subjective! Sooo I took a look on the website. Bingo! Kathleen,there's a Kathleen Kay employed by the Wayne Township Board of Education .She started in 1992. She is the Supervisor of pupil personnel services/ Guidance.Her base pay $129,728 .She is highly qualified ? IN GUIDANCE ?? The Kathleen Kay I just described and Kathleen Kay Patch contributor are one and the same, aren't they? Many teachers who care deeply take private - sector jobs from their student's parents. 3,000,000 New Jerseyans earn $34,300 or less, and their take - home pay is shrinking 30% of people with jobs rely on food stamps. In 1990 that figure was 19%. During the retraction,jobs with median hourly wages of $7.69 to $13.83 accounted for 21% of job loses.Since employment started expanding,they have accounted for 58% OF ALL JOB GROWTH .There is 9.8% unemployment in New Jersey. 75% of all the new wealth created in New Jersey in the past decade was earned by the top 20%; families earning $132,000 or more..Kathleen,the number of children living in poverty in NJ is soaring .15.000,000 Americans are considered desperately poor .146,000,000 are considered low earners.We're drowning in white collar hucksters and hustlers and grifters.Guidance should be a part time job and PRIVATIZED. I have a slightly different take on what's occurring . I don't see it as deeply caring. I see it more as sadism. . .
Sylvia September 01, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I said the same thing!!!!!!!! 4 assistant principals!!! What a scam and bunch of crooks!!!!! Wake up people in West Orange!!!
Sylvia September 01, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I agree 100% with you! this will have to stop!!!
Sylvia September 01, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Just so you know, West Orange High School did not even made it to top 100 in NJ this past month in NJ monthly....... Who are we kidding here.... What is this person going to change????? It takes a whole town to raise kids and it dosen't help that we have bunch of money hungry people running WO school system! Watch "Waiting for Superman" it will help you understand everything!
john anthony prignano September 01, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Sylvia You are correct ! For many years we received a letter from the P.T.A. asking for a "yes " vote on the school budget . The letter warned, "If the budget is defeated, important programs like music and art may be eliminated. A defeated budget could result in larger class sizes. Hazardous route courtesy busing may be eliminated, forcing children to walk dangerous highways to get to school." As far as I'm concerned, this was a blatant threat to the lives of children . And for what ? To get a school budget passed? Well, Millburn delivered on that threat. The Millburn School Board eliminated hazardous route courtesy busing . Parents now have to pay $580 per child, with a cap of $1,160, no matter how many children an individual family has bused. A parent said , " What can I do ? I can't let my six year old walk over a mile to school. I have to pay." Other parents said basically the same thing. If that's not a shakedown racket, what is ? P.S. The teachers and administrators got raises. These people are paid very well. But not enough ! They do not hesitate to take jobs from the very people who have to pay them,i.e., their employers These people and other " public servants " are on a scorched earth policy. That's why New Jersey is a private- sector wasteland. They leave nothing but the crumbs for their employers to fight over. AND, West Orange High School is not even in the top 100 High Schools in NJ Monthly. $21,000 + per student ! Greed,combined with callous indifference.
john anthony prignano September 01, 2012 at 04:12 AM
West Orange High School offers 14 days less yearly instructional time than the State average and the " State average " is based on the rhythms of an agrarian society. An anti - bullying curriculum became a State mandate last school year. The West Orange School Board approved the addition of two field days, fitness testing , and a representative from West Orange's food vendor service will come in to the classrooms and speak to the students on the topic of healthy eating choices. Where is the time for all these District and State mandates, AND core- curriculum? More work, less time. How could anyone possibly believe that the School Board and the teachers and the administrators are truly dedicated and commited to properly educating children? " The most important classroom resource is time "
john anthony prignano September 01, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Sylvia Approximately 20% of the " professional staff " at West Orange High School teach no classes. The now retired head of the Guidance Department was listed as teaching no classes at WOHS. But he was also a professor at Kean University. A principal from a suburban school with a higher Great Schools rating than the Redwood School retired in 2011. Her final average base salary was $130,000. She had 33 years and 8 months of service . The principal of the Redwood School, Barbara Kivlon,has slightly less service time.. Her base salary in 2011 was $163,276. I'm sure her benefit package is much more expensive than the retired principal's was. Slightly less service, and a lower Great Schools rating { Great School ratings are based on test scores }. but Ms.Kivlon makes $33.276 more in base pay, and has a more, perhaps a much more expensive benefits package.Too, too many people making much too much money. AND, they don't hesitate to take private - sector jobs away from their employers, the public - at - large. Guidance counselors, consultants, in - school suspension officers, substance abuse coordinators, department heads, Deans of Students, supervisor/coordinators, non- supervisory coordinators, curriculum coaches,District anti- bullying program coordinators etc. etc., all to achieve inferior results, and at obscenely inflated prices.
Tom September 02, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Why don't we give you all our earnings? You can decided how much we can keep? Now that would be Amazinly stupid.
john anthony prignano September 03, 2012 at 01:39 AM
summer Years ago, I told a School Board member that the Board wasn't even trying to control spending . She said , "Yes we are . We privatized cafeteria services " Exactly. Why pay $6 an hour when you can pay $5 an hour. Why pay teachers $100 an hour when you can pay them $150 an hour.This Board member attempted to explain to me the costs to the West Orange School District of all the unfunded State mandates. So I said," Let me ask you something . Does the State mandate longevity pay ? Does the State mandate 9 salary steps ? How about the cost of the teacher's benefit package? How about the pay itself ? Does the State mandate early dismissals and in- service workshops? I said, "You do all these things because YOU WANT TO." Years ago when a budget was defeated , all the teachers and administrators got raises, ..... and the School Board fired all the bus - aides. $21,000 per student, and for what ? Remember "Chief "in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ? He said his father had died of alcoholism.Then he said, "First he drank from the bottle.Then the bottle drank from him". So many taxpayer dollars have{ theoretically } gone into "student preparation ", there's nothing left to prepare the students for. GREAT comments summer. .
Tom September 04, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Is there a dress code for teachers in WO? If so what is it? What is it for female teachers?
jason September 04, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Did you notice that West Orange is now hiring ghetto people as principals and VP? Fire the board! People who cannot culturally relate. Two months ago Mrs. Chung spoke about a summer program at West Orange high for incoming 9th graders. She spoke so ghetto, the other two teachers had to take over. One of the teachers were the one who was charged with rape, and the other a very beautiful and smart African American girl. She must be sleeping with Hayden. We need to stop this type of Ghetto promotion, because our school system is getting worse. Mr. Oneil has his work cut out for him, because when he finds out that these people cannot perform, the district is going to be sued for racism. Good luck West Orange tax payers! These type of ghetto appointments will bite you big time
jason September 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Four bad hiring in one year! I said it!
jason September 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
really? Not with these dumb teachers in West Orange.
jason September 04, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Only in West Orange, influx of illegal immigrants! High crime rating! deteriorating education! High taxes! unqualified principals! Affirmative action at its reverse!
jason September 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Ally you should never comment, the last board meeting you showed up drunk and out of control. Get your house in order first, before you decide who is qualified. You always showed up with these statements that makes no sense. What makes Lesl;ey qualified? Because she is black. That seems to be the new qualification.

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