West Orange SEPAC holds meet and greet

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Special Education Parent Advisory Council held its first meeting of the school year on Oct. 17 at Liberty Middle School; the meet and greet proved enthusiastic and informational. Leading WOSEPAC this year are Chairwoman Ellen Gilio; Co-chairwoman and educational events Chairwoman Joanne De Simone; recording secretary Martha Singer, […]

Two candidates vie for single BOE seat

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a quiet local election season for West Orange, there are two candidates running for the one open seat on the West Orange Board of Education in the Nov. 7 election. Challengers Chris Diaz and Ken Alper shared their platforms with the public at a debate on Oct. 26, as well […]

Gogerty to head special services in WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At the Oct. 16 West Orange Board of Education meeting, board member Ron Charles voted twice during the staff appointments section of the night’s agenda — one yes and one “absolutely yes.” The second affirmative vote was to voice his support for Kristin Gogerty as the district’s new director of special […]

Meet the WOBOE candidates

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Meet West Orange Board of Education candidates Ken Alper and Chris Diaz on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at Valley Arts, 400 S. Jefferson St. in Orange. The event will be moderated by Cindy Matute Brown. The forum is sponsored by West Orange Cares About Schools, the West Orange African […]

Year-to-year PARCC scores show change

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education was presented with results of the PARCC standardized testing at its Oct. 16 meeting. This is the first year that year-to-year results — from 2015 and 2016 — could be compared. Students from third through 11th grade took the state-mandated test in English language arts […]

Municipal ID ordinance passes 4-1

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved on second reading an ordinance to create a municipal identification program at its Oct. 3 meeting, with Councilwoman Michelle Casalino again casting the only opposing vote. The ordinance had been through several rounds of revisions before passing on first reading at the Sept. 19 meeting, […]

BOE lauds Edison Central Six staff for strides made

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education officially acknowledged that Thomas A. Edison Middle School’s “focus school” status has been removed and was notified that the school had met all eligibility requirements as of June 30. New Jersey defines a focus school as having “the overall lowest subgroup performance, a graduation rate […]

Sodexo and school district help out local food pantry

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sodexo, the food service provider for the West Orange School District, answered a call for help from the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry and provided several cases of food to be distributed to its members. Board of Education member Laura Lab saw a post on social media started by residents and […]

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