Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The West Orange Board of Education unanimously votes James O'Neill as interim superintendent on Tuesday.
The West Orange Board of Education has chosen James O’Neill -- a former superintendent in both Roxbury and Chatham schools -- to replace Superintendent Anthony Cavanna. O’Neill will serve as interim superintendent for West Orange schools until June 2013, the board announced at its meeting Tuesday night. “Even though I have spent the bulk of my career elsewhere,” said O’Neill after being appointed by the board on Tuesday, “my style is to become fully immersed, and to be an advocate and integral part of what happens ... in West Orange. It is not my style to do things halfway. “I ask people not to make any judgments prior to seeing what actually happens and what takes place .... I won’t make any judgments about anyone else and we’ll start …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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 served as the interim superintendent 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 …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
School district shaken up as Board of Education suspends superintendent.
The biggest story in West Orange this week was the Board of Education’s decision to place Superintendent Anthony Cavanna on paid leave beginning Wednesday. And for those of you who are keeping an eye on this year’s budget, the council decided to postpone its vote on the administration’s proposed budget at the council meeting on Tuesday. The council preferred to hold a special workshop at the end of the month to discuss the expected tax increase, among other things. In other news, local students traveled to Montclair State University to learn the basics of reporting in a week-long program called Write on Sports. The following is a rundown of the top stories this week in town.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Board of Education places Superintendent Anthony Cavanna on leave pending further investigation into 'district issues.'
Superintendent Anthony Cavanna was suspended by the West Orange Board of Education on Wednesday. Cavanna was placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation into “district issues,” said Board President Laura Lab. The board also voted not to rehire Cavanna as superintendent of the district after his contract expires in June 2013. Cavanna was not present at the meeting that evening. 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. Assistant Superintendent Donna Rando was appointed by the board to act as …