Pointing to Staff, Principal Cancels Roxbury High School Back to School Night

Roxbury High School Principal Jeffrey Swanson Credits: Roxbury High School

ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury High School Principal Jeffrey Swanson on Wednesday canceled the school’s annual “Back to School Night,” telling parents that most of the school's teachers – locked in an increasingly bitter contract dispute with the school board – told him they wouldn’t participate.

Swanson announced the sudden cancellation in a 7 p.m. alert to parents. Back to School Night was scheduled to take place Thursday evening.

“I have been informed by a majority of the high school staff that they will not be in attendance at Back to School Night tomorrow evening,” wrote Swanson. “Accordingly, I am postponing the event.”

Sign Up for E-News

John Williams, the state teachers’ union field representative for Roxbury, said any decision by Roxbury High School staff to pull out of the event was not something encouraged by the local arm of the union, the Roxbury Education Association (REA). In fact, Williams said it was Swanson who approached teachers urging them to not attend.

"I want to make clear to you it’s the position of the REA that teachers or staff do attend back to school nights," said Williams. He noted that teachers at Nixon School showed up Wednesday night for that school's Back to School gathering.

"They met with the parents and there were other members of REA outside who handed out information to the parents if they wished to accept it," Williams said. "But the position of the REA is that Back to School Nights are to be held. You also have to know that the principals' association is also bargaining and ... Jeff Swanson as the president of the administrators' association, approached some of our members and asked if the REA would cancel. He thought it was a good idea to cancel Back to School Night."

Williams said Roxbury High School teachers were free to do what they wanted. But he contended "the leadership of the REA decided it was in best interest of all that they continue to attend back to school nights" and reached that decision about a week ago after Swanson urged teachers to not go.

"The associattion decided to move forward," Williams said. "If principals want to cancel or principals want to postpone, that was up to them." 

Several hundred teachers staged a rally Tuesday evening in front of the Lincoln-Roosevelt School. Picketers urged the Roxbury Board of Education to sign a new contract. The current contract expired June 30, 2014 and an impasse has been declared.

Swanson’s decision to not attend Back to School night seemed to be a last-minute idea as the high school, as recently as Tuesday, reminded parents to attend the event.

Williams said the union leadership believes Back to School nights are a good place for teachers to talk to parents about the contract matter.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Sat, May 26, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale



Sun, May 27, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale



Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Lincoln-Roosevelt School, Succasunna

Roxbury Memorial Day Parade

Giving Back


Mon, May 28, 10:00 AM

Vapealicious VapeShop, Kenvil

Memorial Day Sale



SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!


Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

An Open Letter from Morris County Educators

May 9, 2018

May 8, 2018

To the editor,

We are writing on behalf of the more than 1,600 public school employees working in our schools.  We are proud of the work that we do, and we are the reason that our schools celebrate notable achievements and our students’ goals and dreams are often fulfilled. 

Today marks the annual Teacher Appreciation Day, a day in which our nation takes a ...

Lacking Respect

As a parent of children who have attended Kennedy Elementary School in Succasunna starting in 2010, I am very disappointed that you chose to use Mr Eric Renfors  “No Shave November photos” to announce his resignation.

They were clearly used in poor taste. He is a humble man who participates in many community fund raisers and teaches ...

NYU Accepts Roxbury's Max Dorn

May 25, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Succasunna resident Max Chloe Dorn, a Roxbury High School senior, has been admitted to the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University (NYU).

NYU has been Dorn's "dream school" for many years, according to her parents. She will begin classes in January but will be entering an accelerated program that will allow her to graduate in May 2022, the same ...

Kent Libby of Roxbury Makes Worcester Polytechnic Dean's List

WORCESTER, MA - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Kent Libby of Succasunna, a member of the class of 2020 majoring in robotics engineering and computer science, was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester.

A total of 1,474 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI's spring 2018 ...

Roxbury Area Students Make Bucknell Dean's List

LEWISBURG, PA - Six students from the Roxbury area earned the dean's list during the spring semester at Bucknell University.

A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition.

The students:

Sara Christian, Class of 2018 from Flanders, NJ

Mike DiDomenico, Class of 2018 from Succasunna, NJ

Owen Klinger, Class of ...

Press Releases

Calling all Singer-Songwriters - Earn Spot Opening Music Fest in June!

May 9, 2018

Fulfill your dream of performing at an established local Music Festival!  Two (2) talented local/area singer-songwriters will each be awarded a 15 minute spot to open the Groove in the Grove Indie Music Festival (the Festival)!

The Groove Acoustic Open Mic Challenge (the Challenge) will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Enzo’s Pizzeria, 382 Rt 46, Budd Lake, NJ starting ...