Getting defiant in Chatham

The regional school board serving Chatham and Chatham Township is spoiling for a fight. It  approved a new contract last night for superintendent Jim O’Neill that defies the state’s pending salary cap

There is no way this contract is going to be approved by the state. The Chatham board probably knows that, but it is still plowing ahead, citing the need for local control.
In fact, the board got support from a petition with about 300 names that backed a new contract for O’Neill. A woman active in the petition drive was quoted as saying that the governor was punishing the suburbs that voted for him.

Yep, the suburbs were more likely to vote for Christie than they were for Jon Corzine. But that is not the point; the point is that the status quo in regard to property taxes can not continue. Drastic steps need to be taken; this is one of them.




About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

One Response to Getting defiant in Chatham

  1. Ed France says:

    In some towns HOME RULE works. Property values keep going up,there is little crime, and most of the students attending public school are doing well.So in these towns they are inclined to protect past practices.
    In many of the other towns the taxpayers want some relief. Fair or unfair. Logical or not, some caps are needed. Public funding must have some limits.

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