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BOE to Vote on New Interim Superintendent

The West Orange School District may be run by an interim superintendent until June 2013.

BOE to Vote on New Interim Superintendent


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  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 enter into closed session at 6 p.m., and begin the public portion of the meeting at 8 p.m.  

Current Superintendent Anthony Cavanna was placed on  in July pending an investigation by the board. At that time, Assistant Superintendent Donna Rando was appointed to act as interim superintendent during Cavanna’s absence. 

Both O'Neill and Board of Education President Laura Lab declined to comment until after the board voted on the appointment. 

The full agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found in the photo gallery. 

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