BOE pleased to see increase in state aid

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District will be receiving $3.5 million in state aid, Board of Education member Sandra Mordecai announced at the BOE meeting on July 16. The funding comes after years of advocating for increased state aid and for implementation of the School Funding Reform Act, a 2008 law that […]

Grace period for WO taxes extended

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The third-quarter tax bills for West Orange were mailed out July 30 and are now available online for payment. Due to the delay in sending out the bills, the grace period for the third-quarter payment has been extended to Tuesday, Aug. 28. Payments must be received in the tax office no […]

BOE votes to join Fair Funding Action Committee

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Board of Education voted unanimously at its June 18 meeting on a resolution to join the Fair Funding Action Committee, a school-funding activist organization, in an effort to bring more funding to the students of West Orange. Joining the committee will allow the West Orange School District to connect with […]

Democrats DeLuca and Dafis take 2 open TC seats

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — With 20 of 21 districts reporting in by 10 p.m. on election night, Maplewood voters have again made clear that they want an all-Democrat Township Committee. In a landslide election, Democratic incumbent Vic DeLuca and challenger Dean Dafis have been elected to the two open seats on the committee, beating out Republican […]

BOE to vote on SOMA schools budget

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District released the following press release: “On March 7, 2017, the district’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year was presented to the Board of Education and the community. The proposed budget was updated for the March 13, 2017, community forum, upon receiving information that […]

‘Is school funding reform possible?’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m., in DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave. in Maplewood, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey’s legislative director, Lindy Wilson, will present different funding proposals and discuss how they impact the South Orange-Maplewood School District. The school district gets only about half of the state aid it should get, […]

Senate Democrats launch school funding website

TRENTON, NJ — N.J. Senate President Steve Sweeney, Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey announced on July 1 the launch of a new, interactive website to share the details behind their plan to bring every school district in New Jersey to full funding under the School Funding Reform Act, […]

Christie unveils Fairness Formula website to help residents lower property taxes

TRENTON, NJ — On June 22 Gov. Chris Christie launched the Fairness Formula website,, encouraging people to take simple online action to help lower their nation-high property taxes. The governor announced his proposal to ensure equal funding for all New Jersey students and to provide hundreds and thousands of dollars in annual property tax […]

Proposed bill could bring additional state aid to South Orange-Maplewood School District

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John McKeon of District 27, which includes South Orange and Maplewood, have proposed a bill that would provide the South Orange-Maplewood School District with an additional $2,179,393 in state aid for the 2016-17 fiscal year to make up for the revenue to which it […]