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Superintendent Anthony Cavanna Resigning at End of Year

Board of Education and Cavanna announce resignation in a joint statement.

On Monday, the West Orange Board of Education passed a resolution stating that they had accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Cavanna. 

The BOE and Cavanna released a joint statement:

On October 22, 2012, the West Orange Board of Education voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anthony P. Cavanna, effective December 31, 2012.

Dr. Cavanna was appointed as Superintendent of the West Orange School District on July 1, 2009.

During Dr. Cavanna's tenure, the District's accomplishments included the receipt of over $4,000,000.00 in Federal grants.  As a result, the District was able to maintain programming in the face of significant reductions in State aid.

Dr. Cavanna sincerely appreciates having had the opportunity to work with the staff, parents, an community members in West Orange, but he especially appreciates being given the opportunity to contribute to the education of the students the District serves.

Cavanna was suspended on July 18 for undisclosed reasons.  It had been reported that the board was unhappy with Cavanna's performance as far back as July 2011.  The board also voted not to renew his contract, which was set to expire in June 2013.

The board had unanimously appointed Cavanna to a four-year term as superintendent in 2009. Before coming to West Orange, Cavanna worked in schools in New Jersey and New York as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and deputy superintendent of schools.

In August, the board chose James O’Neill -- a former superintendent in both Roxbury and Chatham schools -- to serve as interim superintendent for West Orange schools until June 2013.

john anthony prignano October 24, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Barry Where does it say Dr. Cavanna was dismissed? He was suspended with full pay,and now he has resigned. He had been suspended for over 3 months, but his resignation will not take effect until December 31, 2012. He receives no punishment.Further,there is not, and there will not be, so much as even an attempt to punish him. What he does receive is at least $125,000 in compensation for a five and a half month vacation. I think Deb Harvest's letter written on August 28 is dead on.
Adam Kraemer October 24, 2012 at 10:11 PM
We still don't know the full cost on legal matter related to this. I will be putting in an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requesting how much we spent in legal fee related to this.
Brett Kaiser October 25, 2012 at 08:58 AM
There is NO WAY the BOE didn't shell out some cash, to cover up ???? And HOW Did we come out ahead? http://thealternativepress.com/towns/west-orange/categories/news/articles/dr-anthony-cavanna-issues-statement-to-the-west Why else would the doc be silent? Again U ask..what is the charter of the BOE? And Barry...maybe some of the BOE Members were bent against their will, in the best interest of the town...we may never know
West Oranger October 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
It doesn't have to be illegal to be unethical or otherwise wrong. We should know more - particularly about the money issues -- but I also think that the BOE needs to be free to act.
ANNE M CALLOWAY November 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
To laugh often and love much To win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children. To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty..to find the best in others ..to give of one's self..to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child or a garden patch or a redeemed social condition ..To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. THIS IS TO HAVE SUCCEEDED..GOD SPEED MR G.

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