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Board of Ed. Appoints New WOHS Principal

BOE remains tight-lipped about Superintendent Anthony Cavanna's Suspension.

 

West Orange High School officially has a new principal. 

Hayden Moore was unanimously appointed as principal of the high school by the Board of Education at its meeting on Monday in the WOHS library. 

Moore has been in the district for the past 15 years, of which 12 years have been at the high school. He has held various positions during his tenure there, including dean of students and, most recently, assistant principal. 

“There is no place like home,” said Moore to a crowd of more than 100 teachers, staff members, administrators and parents who turned out for the appointment that evening. 

Moore will be replacing Arthur Alloggiamento, who served as the high school principal for the past 10 years. Alloggiamento will continue to work at the high school until August 31. He was also present to see Moore appointed at the meeting on Monday.  

Moore emphasized that he will need students, parents and teachers to maintain and advance the high standards already in place at the high school. 

“I want you to understand that this is a shared responsibility,” said Moore. “I can push the engine, but I am going to need people to help drive it. 

“... Faculty: I want a renaissance. ... It’s about collaboration. You know I can’t do it without you.” 

The board set Moore's salary at $150,017.20, and he will begin serving as principal September 1.  

The appointment came less than a week after the board pending an investigation. According to the board, interim Superintendent Donna Rando made Moore’s recommendation.  

Even before Cavanna was suspended by the board, Moore’s . Cavanna had issued a press release on July 2 stating he intended to recommend to the board Moore's appointment.  

Cavanna was not present at Monday's meeting

Board President Laura Lab addressed the recent tumult in the district, stating that the district is in a “state of transition.” Reading a prepared statement, Lab said that the board was unable to comment further about Cavanna’s suspension or deciding not to renew his contract after it expires in June 2013. 

“We ask for your patience as we comply and adhere to the processes,” said Lab. “But, please, I must stress, these were unanimous decisions by the board in its entirety. Tonight our district will be entering into an new era ....”

Marie DeMaio, principal of Washington Elementary School, also weighed in with her own comments about the state of the district. Moore’s appointment, she said, should be seen as a symbol to unify the district and move it forward. 

“This evening, as [Moore] is appointed the principal,” said DeMaio, “we must move forward as a district with Hayden as the leader at the high school. That is the most important thing we must do now.”

Vicki Russo July 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I am happy Hayden Moore will be the new principle at WOHS. I am very proud of his leadership and his concern for all student, faculty and administration employees. I think HE is the ONE person that can make the HS a great place to work and learn for all in attendance. Thank you Mr. Moore for accepting this position and I know you will work very hard to make the WOHS the best learning facility it can be.
john anthony prignano July 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Teach ,I'm sure it's me , but alot of your letter is difficult to understand ; You write " We are tired of the fact that everyone else get raise except for teachers." One raise when there are 1100 employees seems like much ado about nothing .You write " I showed up for work at 7 am and leave late in the afternoons ." Stating that you showed up once for work at 7 am does not impress me . You write" I am asking the acting superintendent to get an outside firm to to conduct a teacher evaluation to find out how many of us are please with what has been happening " I don't understand . I thought teachers were evaluated annually . I think a survey is what is called for here .".Please with what has been happening " seems to be an appeal of some sort , but you don't finish the thought. You write" People who are apart of the failure are kept and promoted as principals ". Here we agree. People who are apart - seperate - from the failure, SHOULD be promoted . You write "Ask any teacher, whether black, whites, Indians and Hispanic, and privately they will tell you that our input are not given when decisions are made for the students " Is there only one Black teacher and one Hispanic teacher in the District ? " Our input are not given " . I am embarassed to admit it, but I did not know " input " is also the plural form of " input " I do not know what " As you are lead to believ " means.. Also, I am not familiar with a School Board member named Mr. Pettgrov son.
john anthony prignano July 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
You write "Sweetest little boy ! I can not blame him for the systematic problem. " Of course not . In fact , I would not blame him for the systemic problem either . Thank you Teach ,thank you . Your postings have exposed a great deal of what is wrong with the educational system in our country . And you have done it much better than I ever could. Thank you so very very much
CC Minton July 30, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Dear Teacher, Thanks for your comments. I can understand why you would not post your name. Hopefully the issues will be resolved.
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