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School Board Member Ends Re-Election Campaign

Deborah Orme backs out, incumbent ticket now will include challenger Alison Cogan.

The tenure of longtime Parsippany member Deborah Orme is coming to an close.

The chairwoman of the school board's Teaching and Learning Committee had launched a re-election campaign for November. But on Aug. 30, according to the Morris County Clerk's Office, Orme submitted a letter asking to have her name removed from the ballot.

Orme also confirmed her departure from the race to Patch, adding that she will discuss the move in the near future.

No reason for her withdrawal has been revealed publicly.

Orme has served on the BOE since her first election to the school board in April 2006.

Board President Frank Calabria called Orme's decision "a real loss."

"She's a good and fine board member," he said. "No one on the board knows more about curriculum and instruction than Debbie. She has real insight and knowledge in that area. She just excelled. Good board members do their homework, and Debbie was always prepared.

"I'm very proud to have been associated with her," he added. "I know she will continue to do good things for the community."

School board colleague Anthony Mancuso said Orme's departure will mean the loss of a thoughtful advocate for education.

"I am sorry to see that Debbie has decided not to run again," he told Patch. "She has proven herself to be an outstanding board member, always pushing us to find more funding for classroom technology and teacher support. She has been a strong supporter of our special education programs, always keeping their needs in our thoughts as we make decisions.

"She has served this community and district well and will be missed."

Calabria said Orme had an impact on Parsippany education that will be long-lasting.

"It's because of her that I've been thinking of opening up some committee members to the public," he said. "Even if I do not win [in November], I hope that will continue."

Of course, Calabria said he believes having candidate Alison Cogan take Orme's spot on his slate with fellow incumbent and BOE Vice President Frank Neglia is a winning choice.

"I have worked with her on the PTA Council," Calabria said. "She's also a certified public accountant. She's demanding and her expectations are high for the schools. I've seen her leadership skills, insight, knowledge and caring first hand."

As of now, : incumbents Calabria and Neglia and challengers Cogan, James Carifi, Anthony DeIntinitis and Joanne Mancuso.

Calabria said he believes all the candidates are worthy, but that because of his personal experience with her work, Cogan stands out.

Cogan has not been able to be reached for comment.

On Nov. 6, Parsippany voters will have the opportunity to select three members to sit on the school board for three-year terms.

Scott Dean September 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Im wondering if this stepping down has anything to do with Mr.Strummolos concerns that he went public with? Which member wilingly did not complete a backround check?
John M September 29, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I see the lawn signs are going up for Calabria,Neglia, and Cogan.
Natalie Davis September 29, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Scott, according to the district, all the BoE members complied with and passed background checks.
Monica Sclafani September 29, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Mr. Dean, perhaps you'd like to enlighten us with what, exactly, Mr. Strumolo's concerns are? ALL Board members passed their background checks. What are you and Mr. Strumolo inferring?
VietNam Vet September 30, 2012 at 02:02 AM
We have to do everything we can to get rid of these people and keep Cogan from going anywhere. Calabria and Neglia are still two of the original trouble makers who started the crap with Spietz contract and they have to go, we need them out NOW to avoid them from bringing in more of their corrupt friends. Next year its Mancuso's turn to be thrown out because of the all the problems he has cost us, i.e. the lawsuits now from spietz against the town for the contract and the suit from the board against him forr the overpayment that he refuses to give back to the taxpayers. These people have to be thrown out NOW!!!!!!

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