Months before the West Orange Board of Education , Cavanna was seeking another superintendent job in New York.
Cavanna was named as one of the finalists for the superintendent position in the Greenburgh Central 7 School District in New York on April 26, 2012, according to the Greenburgh Daily Voice.
“This is the job that I have been preparing for,” Cavanna said, according to the same artice in the Greenburgh Daily Voice. Cavanna added that he intended to stay superintendent for “10, 12, 15, years – whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Cavanna was not available for comment on Friday.
West Orange Board President Laura Lab could also not be reached for comment.
The superintendent position for the Greenburgh Central 7 School District was later filled by another candidate in June, according to another article in the Greenburgh Daily Voice.
Cavanna had also sought the superintendent position in Greenburgh in 2007, but ultimately did not get the job.
No one at the Greenburgh Central 7 School District could be reached for comment on Friday about Cavanna seeking the superintendent position there.
Cavanna currently lives in Greenburgh, N.Y.
The West Orange BOE has not revealed any more information why it placed Cavanna on paid leave or why the board declined to renew his contract after it expires in June 2013.
During Cavanna’s leave of absence, Assistance Superintendent Donna Rando will serve the superintendent.
Cavanna was appointed as superintendent of the West Orange School District 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.