West Orange science teacher Susan Zaccaro dead at 54

West Orange science teacher Susan Zaccaro dead at 54

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beloved Liberty Middle School science teacher Susan Zaccaro, 54, died June 30 following an illness. Zaccaro was born in Edison and lived in Nutley. She taught science at Edison Middle School from 1990 through 2005 and moved to Liberty Middle School when it opened its doors in 2005, teaching until the […]

Liberty Middle School graduates 251 eighth-graders

Liberty Middle School graduates 251 eighth-graders

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Liberty Middle School graduated 251 eighth-grade students on June 19 in a midday ceremony at West Orange High School. Families of the graduates filled the auditorium as Principal Bob Klemt congratulated the students and parents on their accomplishments. “Ceremonies such as this provide opportunities to reflect on achievements and memories from […]

LMS 8th-grader champions road safety, brings change

LMS 8th-grader champions road safety, brings change

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Pedestrian beacon signals were recently installed on Kelly Drive thanks to the efforts of a Liberty Middle School eighth-grader and a petition he started that amassed 395 signatures in support of the safety measure. Soham Bhatnagar decided to start the initiative while researching a school project on traffic safety. The project […]

Tribute to Nikhil to be June 12

Tribute to Nikhil to be June 12

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Nikhil Badlani Foundation will hold its annual Musical Celebration and Tribute to Nikhil on Tuesday, June 12, at 6:45 p.m. at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive in West Orange. The celebration will feature performances by the students and instructors from the Music For Nikhil program. Admission is free. For […]

BOE considers creating consolidated ELL program

BOE considers creating consolidated ELL program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education postponed a vote on the English Language Learners Program at its May 21 meeting, after board members decided they want to hear more feedback from parents and community members about the program changes proposed by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Eveny de Mendez and world language […]

Edison and Liberty schools receive Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants

Edison and Liberty schools receive Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Edison and Liberty middle schools were notified May 10 that they have each received $4,450 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants, to be used for the purchase of 3D printers for the Makerspace in each library media center, including a Makerbot 3D Education Bundle and additional filament. The printers will be used […]

Board of Education passes preliminary budget

West Orange School District budget for 2018-2019 school year will raise taxes by 1.67 percent

Board of Education passes preliminary budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget at its May 7 meeting at Liberty Middle School. The preliminary operating budget totals $149,186,427. Salaries make up 63 percent of the district’s operating costs at $94,315,752. Benefits and special education services combined take up approximately 24 percent of […]

Codey announces teen suicide initiative at LMS

Codey announces teen suicide initiative at LMS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — State Sen. Richard Codey held a press conference at Liberty Middle School on May 9 in an effort to address the serious issue of teen suicide and to assist school employees in identifying at-risk students. Codey and his wife Mary Jo — a teacher for more than 40 years, 15 years […]

Liberty students take audience down the rabbit hole

Liberty students take audience down the rabbit hole

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Liberty Middle School’s production of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” on May 3 and 4 was a carefree, spirited interpretation of the Disney classic movie that had enough giggles, laughs and inside jokes to entertain its audience of all ages. “‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a timeless classic,” Director Lissette Villalobos said. “It […]