WOEA, WOSF honor Galante bros. for decades of service

WOEA, WOSF honor Galante bros. for decades of service

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A combined 84 years of learning, teaching and coaching in the West Orange School District earned brothers Nick Galante and Pat Galante the West Orange Scholarship Fund and West Orange Education Association’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to them at a fundraising reception at the Rock Spring Golf Course on May […]

WOEA, WOSF to honor Galante brothers

WOEA, WOSF to honor Galante brothers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Education Association and the West Orange Scholarship Fund will honor twin brothers Nick and Pat Galante, who both served in the West Orange School District for 40 or more years. “We are very excited to be working with the West Orange Education Association to honor Pat and Nick […]

West Orange science teacher Susan Zaccaro dead at 54

West Orange science teacher Susan Zaccaro dead at 54

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beloved Liberty Middle School science teacher Susan Zaccaro, 54, died June 30 following an illness. Zaccaro was born in Edison and lived in Nutley. She taught science at Edison Middle School from 1990 through 2005 and moved to Liberty Middle School when it opened its doors in 2005, teaching until the […]

BOE postpones vote on Rutzky’s contract

BOE postpones vote on Rutzky’s contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education delayed the vote on whether to renew Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract at its Feb. 12 meeting, so board members could take into consideration comments they heard at the meeting. The vote is now scheduled for Feb. 26. Many members of the community spoke […]

BOE, WOEA finally enter new contract

After 2 years without contract, WOEA and BOE make deal

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After nearly two years of working without a contract, the West Orange Education Association finally entered into a new agreement with the West Orange Board of Education on May 25. The contract features a faculty pay raise that WOEA President Mark Maniscalco described as being in line with state and county […]

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 […]