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 […]

Community members speak against BOE’s Schwarzbaum

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Several residents spoke out against West Orange Board of Education Vice President Irv Schwarzbaum during the board’s May 8 meeting after he voted against a policy that, in part, allows transgender students to use whichever bathroom or locker room corresponds to their gender identity. The policy in question, which was passed […]

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 […]

BOE, WOEA reach tentative agreement

School district, teachers’ union reach consensus on salaries, benefits; a few items left to decide

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education and the West Orange Education Association reached a tentative agreement regarding health benefits and salary increases on April 17. Neither side would comment on the specifics of the deals since they are still negotiating other issues and therefore have not yet arrived at a final […]

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 […]

WOBOE members recognized at county School Boards Association meeting

WOBOE members recognized at county School Boards Association meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Three West Orange Board of Education members were recognized at the April 6 Essex County School Boards Association meeting for achieving advanced training certification. In addition, current West Orange Board of Education President Sandra Mordecai was elected as the new president of the Essex County School Board. Mark Robertson became a […]

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