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Jim O'Neill Biography

Former Superintendent of Chathams School District (New Jersey)
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"

“I still believe that tenure is important and does protect academic freedom. It would not only be unfair and shortsighted if teachers could be dismissed because they were told not to teach about global warming or they must teach intellectual design; it would be criminal and fostering anti-intellectualism in an institution designed to foster investigation into and a healthy debate about emerging ideas. I believe there remains important controversial ideas that must not be ignored, overlooked, or banned when we are in institutions that should foster and nurture intellectual curiosity.”

Email to, Apr. 14, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Interim Superintendent, Livingston School District, NJ, July 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015
  • Interim Superintendent, West Orange Public School District, NJ, Aug. 7, 2012-July, 2014
  • Interim Superintendent of Roxbury Township Public School District, NJ, 2011-2012
  • Superintendent, Chathams School District, NJ, July 1, 2003-June 30, 2011
  • President, Garden State Education Coalition, 2009-2010
  • Assistant Superintendent, Chathams School District, 2000-2003
  • Principal, Chatham High School, Dec. 16, 1996-July 1, 2003
  • Former Principal and Assistant Principal, Lower Cape May Regional High School, NJ
  • Former Assistant Football Coach, Lightweight team, Princeton University
  • Former Social Studies and English teacher, Head Varsity
    Baseball Coach, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Princeton Regional High School, NJ

  • Former Executive Committee member, New Jersey School Development Council
  • Former President, Morris County Association of School Administrators
  • Former Special Committee member, NJSIAA (New Jersey State Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association)
  • Former Special Committee member, NJASA (New Jersey Association of School Administrators
  • MA, Education Administration, Rider University
  • BA, Hope College
  • Legal name is James F. O’Neill
  • Retired from Chathams School District on June 30, 2011 because Gov. Chris Christie imposed a salary cap on superintendent’s salaries, effective Feb. 7, 2011
  • In Jan. 2011, O’Neill and the Association of New Jersey School Board Administrators filed suit against the state and Morris County school officials contesting the legality of the salary cap