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 […]

Superintendent salary cap may change, but WO wants it gone

NJDOE proposes changes to increase superintendent salary cap, but districts want the cap gone

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education on Nov. 16 released proposed revisions to a portion of the state’s Accountability Regulations, including changes to the superintendent salary cap provisions. The proposal would adjust salary maximums and make other changes to the cap process. Going into effect in 2011, the cap provisions set […]

WOSEPAC meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Special Education Advisory Council will meet Monday, Nov. 21, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 203 of the Board of Education building at 179 Eagle Rock Ave. in West Orange. WOSEPAC encourages families of West Orange students with special needs or students eligible for or receiving services […]

Incumbents Mordecai and Robertson retain BOE seats

Incumbents Mordecai and Robertson retain BOE seats

WEST ORANGE, NJ — We saw a heated West Orange Board of Education race this election season with six candidates running for just two open seats. But, at the end of Election Day, the incumbents had regained their seats. Incumbents Sandra Mordecai and Mark Robertson beat out challengers Steve Christiano, Sharon Sherman, Tanya Atterberry and […]

WOHS Senior Night held during home game against East Orange

WOHS Senior Night held during home game against East Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School seniors in all fall sports, the marching band and color guard were recognized with their families during the Nov. 5 home game against East Orange. Senior Night provided the opportunity for the high school and Board of Education to recognize students and families for their hard work, […]

Six try for just 2 open seats on Board of Ed

BOE candidates debate the issues — such as taxes and teacher morale — at Oct. 27 forum at Liberty

Six try for just 2 open seats on Board of Ed

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 2016 Board of Education election features six candidates running for two open seats in a year when taxes remain high, teacher morale is cited as being low and communication between the board and its stakeholders continues to frustrate. Incumbents Sandra Mordecai and Mark Robertson and challengers Steven Christiano, Tanya Atterberry, […]

West Orange schools recognize ‘Week of Respect’

West Orange schools recognize ‘Week of Respect’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange schools commemorated the New Jersey state-mandated “Week of Respect” Oct. 3 through 7 with a series of events meant to create self-acceptance and respect for others. Following the passage of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act in 2010, with amendments in 2011, a new series of Harassment, Intimidation and […]