WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange administration is down to five candidates to fill the spot for West Orange High School principal as Arthur Alloggiamento will be retiring by September.
West Orange School Superintendent Anthony P. Cavanna said that the board has already started interviewing the group of five finalists and is expected to complete the interviews by next week.
"The process is coming to an end and hopefully we'll have a principal soon," said Cavanna, who has weeded through more than 100 candidates over the last several months.
The next board meeting is scheduled for July 23 at the Administration Building, but the board did not say that they would have a new principal to vote on at that meeting.
For Alloggiamento, it will be his last commencement exercise on Thursday night at the Richard J. Codey Arena where officials say that it is one of the largest group of graduates in recent history with 532 students.
"Congratulations to the Class of 2012," said board President Laura Lab. "It will be a fun night,"
In other business, the board approved a new Economics book called "Economics for the Money, Markets and the Economy."
"They provide the book online so you can access it any time you want," said Assistant Superintendent Donna Rando.
The board also announced the Hazel School PTA had collected $16,000 for the purchase of classroom iPads, mobile iPad care, MAC laptop and SmartBoards. In addition, the Hazel PTA helped purchase funds to place a sign over the school's front entrance. "It is a lot of work to collect that amount of money," said Lab.
The West Orange trustees also approved a lease purchase of approximately 400 Dell Optiplex computers in a Dell Financial Services lease proposal for a three year period. Cavanna said that lease purchase was necessary with standardized tests expected to all be placed online by the 2014-15 school year.
"We can't afford to buy 400 computers outright," said Board Administrator Mark Kenney.
The district said goodbye to Patrick Leonardis, a physical education/health teacher at Roosevelt School, who was recently named as the new Millburn head football coach.
"He's off to Millburn to be in charge of the football program," said School Trustee Michelle Casalino. "He contributed a lot to our district."
Also in athletics, the school district honored several West Orange High School boys and girls track and field athletes who collected several medals during the recent Super Essex Conference league season along with the state tournament and a national meet in North Carolina.