O'Neill Up for W. Orange Interim Superintendent
Chatham's former superintendent, who resigned amid a battle with Gov. Chris Christie over salary caps, could leave Roxbury for a position in West Orange.
James O'Neill, the former superintendent for the School District of the Chathams, could soon become the new interim superintendent in West Orange.
The West Orange Board of Education will vote Tuesday on whether to appoint O'Neill as their interim superintendent with a contract from from Aug. 9 to June 2013. He will be paid $673.07 per day.
O'Neill became Chatham's superintendent in 2003 after serving as the principal of Chatham High School for seven years. He resigned from Chatham in 2011 amid a battle with Gov. Chris Christie over salary caps for superintendents. If O'Neill had remained in Chatham, he would have taken a pay cut of $45,000 to his salary of $210,000.
O'Neill submitted a petition to run for the state assembly representing Chatham Borough, but when the borough was redistricted into the Union County-predominant 21st district, it threw a wrench into his plans.
Most recently, O’Neill served as the interim superintendent of the Roxbury School District for the 2011-12 school year.
Both O'Neill and West Orange Board of Education President Laura Lab declined to comment until after the board voted on the appointment.