BOE desires a fair, manageable agreement

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following is a statement submitted to the West Orange Chronicle from the Board of Education regarding the current dispute with the West Orange Education Association, the teachers’ union: The Board of Education and administration absolutely value our staff but need to find a fair and equitable agreement for all parties […]

Departmentalization, new standards come to WOSD

WOSD continues work to modernize WO education

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Most West Orange students who recently returned to school were met with new initiatives designed to improve their learning experience and better prepare them for the future. The West Orange School District this year implemented departmentalization for grades four and five, meaning students at those levels will now report to multiple […]

Chief Gregory construction completed

Prior to school starting, addition of kiss-and-go lane and bus loop is finished at Gregory School

Chief Gregory construction completed

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The long-debated bus driveway and parking lot expansion at Gregory Elementary School is now largely completed, though a few relatively minor items still have to be installed. Leonard Lepore, the township engineer, said all the work necessary to construct the looping driveway in front of the school and the enlarged staff […]

Sue Freivald withdraws from WOBOE race

WEST ORANGE, NJ — And the number drops to six. West Orange resident Susan Freivald announced Sept. 7 that she is withdrawing from the race for the two open West Orange Board of Education seats. This leaves six candidates in the race; they are: incumbents Mark Robertson and Sandra Mordecai, and challengers Chris Diaz, Tanya […]

WO School District confirms 37 HIB cases in 2015-2016 school year

WOSD pleased with low HIB number but still looks to improve

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were 37 cases of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying confirmed to have taken place in the West Orange School District during the 2015-2016 academic year, according to data presented by Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky during the Aug. 22 Board of Education meeting. Each case was substantiated following an investigation conducted […]

WOSD set to adopt new strategic plan to improve learning

New strategic plan, feedback to inform district action plan

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The strategic plan presented to the West Orange Board of Education in August calls on the district to make changes to its facilities and curriculum so that its students will be safer, healthier and more prepared for life in the 21st century after they graduate. The plan, put together by the […]

Seven to run in WO for two open Board of Ed seats

Two incumbents take on five challengers for BOE seats

Seven to run in WO for two open Board of Ed seats

WEST ORANGE, NJ — This November’s West Orange Board of Education election looks to be a real battle, with seven candidates running for two open seats, each for three years. Incumbents Mark Robertson and Sandra Mordecai will be vying to reclaim their seats against challengers Christopher Diaz, Tanya Atterberry, Susan Freivald, Sharon Sherman and Steve Christiano. […]

Topic of Gregory School improvements remains heated

Topic of Gregory School improvements remains heated

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The final plan for the proposed bus driveway and expanded parking lot at Gregory Elementary School was presented to a decidedly split audience of residents, educators and township officials assembled in the school’s cafeteria, with one half of the room praising the design for its potential to keep children safe and […]

Roosevelt Middle School students experience Holocaust ‘Through the Eyes of a Friend’

Roosevelt Middle School students experience Holocaust ‘Through the Eyes of a Friend’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Holocaust assembly at Roosevelt Middle School on May 9 featured a performance by actress Elizabeth Rainer in “Living Voices: Through the Eyes of a Friend,” which fictionalized the journey of Anne Frank after her family’s capture until her death. The program included Rainer’s dramatic interpretation and a multimedia presentation. […]

WOBOE meetings now available online

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Board of Education meetings are now available online at, where the community can view the most current meeting. Subscribe to the West Orange Board of Education TV channel on YouTube to view current and past meetings. New meetings will be posted online by the Thursday following the board […]