Sodexo and school district help out local food pantry

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sodexo, the food service provider for the West Orange School District, answered a call for help from the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry and provided several cases of food to be distributed to its members. Board of Education member Laura Lab saw a post on social media started by residents and […]

Salimbeno to helm new pre-school named for colleague

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District’s pre-school program will open its doors to young children and parents on Wednesday, Sept. 6, when the new school year begins at a new location: The Life Christian Church on Northfield Avenue. Moving from Kelly and Redwood elementary schools, 70 pre-school students will now be attending […]

WOSD names interim principal for Redwood School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With the recent resignation of Bruce Arcurio, principal at Redwood Elementary School, Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky has named Heather Carr as the interim principal. The text of the letter sent to Redwood parents is below. Carr will assume the post effective Aug. 30. Carr has previously served as interim principal […]

$20,000 raised for Mary Jo Codey Scholarship Fund

$20,000 raised for Mary Jo Codey Scholarship Fund

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Scholarship Fund honored educator Mary Jo Codey at a reception held at the Montclair Country Club on June 15, raising $20,000 to implement an annual scholarship in her name. Attendees included Mary Jo Codey’s husband, Richard Codey, former N.J. governor and current state senator; West Orange Mayor Robert […]

WOSF distributes record $108,500 at Senior Awards Night

WOSF distributes record $108,500 at Senior Awards Night

WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was a night to remember for graduating seniors of the West Orange High School Class of 2017 as the West Orange Scholarship Fund distributed a record $108,500 at the Senior Awards Night held June 8. “A special thank you to all the organizations that have provided scholarships this evening to […]

Town, BOE and county work together for new traffic light

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After years of advocacy by residents, the West Orange Board of Education and township officials, a traffic signal will finally be erected at the busy intersection where Pleasant Valley Way meets Alisa and Lakeview drives. According to the agreement and resolution unanimously passed by the West Orange Township Council on May […]

Parents continue to protest honors admission process

District defends process, though always looks to improve

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the third straight year, several parents are speaking out against the admissions process for the West Orange School District’s honors program — specifically criticizing the emphasis the criteria puts on the placement test and writing sample. Much like last year, the parents believe that more weight should be placed on […]

Mt. Pleasant School celebrates students at annual Autism Awareness Carnival

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Autism Awareness Carnival held at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School on May 12 celebrated district elementary, middle and high school autistic students with a ceremony, bubble-blowing, a carnival and a barbecue. The event began with comments by Mt. Pleasant Principal Julie DiGiacomo, Kelly Principal Joanne Pollara, Superintendent of Schools Jeff […]

BOE passes 2017-18 school year budget, raises taxes

Schwarzbaum votes against budget in board minority

BOE passes 2017-18 school year budget, raises taxes

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education voted 4-1 to approve the 2017-18 school year’s final budget, which uses all of the school district’s banked cap on top of raising taxes to the state-mandated 2-percent cap — making for a 4.09-percent overall increase. The final budget, which only Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum […]