Mordecai sets the record straight regarding discussions of district personnel

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District released the following statement on April 19 from Board of Education President Sandra Mordecai: “The board members have been receiving emails stating how important librarians are in our school district. We could not agree more. There has been some misinformation that has been shared and we […]

Rutzky announces that district cuts will not be as severe due to contract agreement

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District released the following statement April 18 from Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky: “Based on the tentative agreement for health benefits and salary with the West Orange Education Association, the additional $1.3 million dollars in budget cuts will no longer be needed. Therefore, the library media specialist […]

WOBOE, WOEA reach tentative agreement

WEST ORANGE, NJ — According to an April 17 statement from the West Orange School District, the West Orange Board of Education and West Orange Education Association, the teachers’ union, have reached “a tentative agreement with regard to health benefits and salary increases.” A contract has not been in place for nearly two years due […]

WOEA and WOBOE remain in deadlock

Teachers' contract remains unresolved, though both sides hope for an equitable resolution soon

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Education Association and the West Orange Board of Education did not agree upon a new contract by April 1, which was the start of the 91-day time period that district insurance provider Horizon has set to roll into the 10/20 plan being offered by the BOE. WOEA President […]

WOSD preliminary budget to cut 42 jobs

Tight finances, limited state aid force district to make cuts, average homeowner to pay $271 more

WOSD preliminary budget to cut 42 jobs

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year’s preliminary budget, which increases taxes by 4.09 percent and uses all of the school district’s banked cap accumulated during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. The proposed budget, which only Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum voted against during the board’s special […]

WOEA, district butt heads over health care plan, contract

WOEA and BOE seem unable to reach contract agreement

WOEA, district butt heads over health care plan, contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange Board of Education revealed the details of the latest health care plan presented to the West Orange Education Association, stressing during its special March 22 meeting that the package would prevent costs from increasing by approximately $1.3 million if accepted by Horizon’s April 1 deadline. Irv […]

Preliminary WOSD budget presentation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A presentation of the preliminary 2017-18 West Orange School District budget will be held at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive, in the auditorium on Wednesday, March 22, beginning at 8 p.m. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky and Business Administrator John Calavano will present the preliminary budget to the Board of Education.   The preliminary […]

After one year, Friends touts achievements, outlines goals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — One year after holding its first organizational meeting, the Friends of the Library are embarking on a 2017 action plan intended to continue the group’s mission of raising money and support for the West Orange Public Library while also establishing the library as a cultural hub for the township. A major […]

TC passes Downtown Alliance budget

Budget passes with 4-1 vote, though Krakoviak votes against it due to recent upheaval with Eben

TC passes Downtown Alliance budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved the proposed 2017 Downtown West Orange Alliance budget totaling $207,000 at its Jan. 3 meeting. Council President Joe Krakoviak cast the sole vote against the budget, which actually has the same net operating total as last year. But while the net operating budget may be […]

Tensions continue to rise between administration, teachers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky has come under fire after making reference to the ongoing West Orange Education Association contract negotiations in an email that asked district faculty to keep daily challenges “in perspective” on the fourth anniversary of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Rutzky’s Dec. 14 email stated […]

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