LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) has announced that it intends to approve the hiring of Jim O’Neill as interim superintendent of Livingston Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year following the recent departure of Christina Steffner, whose resignation became effective on July 31.
Members of the board will take an official vote on O’Neill’s appointment will be made at the public LBOE meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Having served as interim superintendent for Livingston Public Schools (LPS) for the 2014-2015 school year, O’Neill will be a familiar face to many.
“Jim O’Neill knows Livingston,” said LPS business administrator Steve Robinson. “He will come in knowing most of the board, staff members and many of our parents.”
In addition to having first-hand knowledge of the district and its stakeholders, O’Neill brings with him more than 40 years of experience in education. During his career, he has served as both a teacher and a principal in New Jersey public schools.
O’Neill previously served as superintendent of Chatham Public Schools for eight years before retiring in 2011. Following his retirement, he served as interim superintendent of Roxbury Pubic Schools for one year and West Orange Public Schools for two years.
“We are thrilled to welcome O’Neill back to LPS,” said LBOE president Pam Chirls. “He brings four decades of experience with high-performing school districts and is the ideal interim superintendent to get right to work for the benefit of staff, students and families.”
A “Meet and Greet” with Mr. O’Neill will be held prior to the board’s meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The public is invited to attend the informal event, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Livingston High School media center. The voting meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Livingston High School auditorium.
Pending board approval, O’Neill will serve as interim superintendent of LPS from Sept. 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. During that time, he will collaborate with the board and administration in the search for a permanent superintendent of schools for the district.
Steffner recently resigned from the LPS superintendent position after two years in the district. To read more about her resignation, click on the headlines below: