WOHS senior recognized by Essex County School Boards Association

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School senior Justin Davis was honored at the Essex County School Boards Association Student Recognition Program, held at Liberty Middle School on March 9. Davis was selected along with 28 other students across Essex County “who have distinguished themselves in unique ways, who model good citizenship or a […]

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 […]

WOHS students teach others to build solar circuits

WOHS students teach others to build solar circuits

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School students in Katie Gardner’s engineering and design solutions class had the opportunity to show off their skills on Feb. 27 as they instructed administrators, Board of Education members and community members how to construct solar circuits. In 2016 students first constructed the circuitry as part of the […]

Mayor recognizes high school students at Chamber event

Mayor recognizes high school students at Chamber event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi took the time to recognize outstanding West Orange High School seniors at the annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Breakfast, held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel on Feb. 8. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky, Assistant Superintendent Eveny De Mendez, Board of Education President Sandra Mordecai, Board Vice-president Irv Schwarzbaum, […]

BOE looks to future under Mordecai, Schwarzbaum leadership

BOE looks to future under Mordecai, Schwarzbaum leadership

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sandra Mordecai and Irv Schwarzbaum were unanimously elected president and vice president, respectively, of the West Orange Board of Education during the board’s Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. This is Schwarzbaum’s first leadership position on the board since joining last year, and the new vice president said he is looking forward to […]

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 […]