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 […]

DeMaio: 55 years educating and no signs of stopping

DeMaio: 55 years educating and no signs of stopping

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Very few people can truly say that they love what they do for a living. Even those with multimillion-dollar salaries complain about the long hours and other aggravations. But Marie DeMaio is a different story. The Washington Elementary School principal is in her milestone 55th year as an educator and has […]

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 […]

Board OKs strategic plan and actions

WOBOE approves revised plan to improve academics, safety

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Sept. 26, the West Orange Board of Education unanimously approved the revised district strategic plan and corresponding action items, which emphasize the goal of improving student achievement during the next five years. The revised plan and actions, devised and presented by Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky and Assistant Superintendent Eveny de […]

West Orange School District takes clown threats seriously

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Just when we thought 2016 couldn’t get any weirder, the clowns came. Beginning in South Carolina with unsubstantiated reports that clowns were trying to lure children, clown-mania swept across the country, leading to reports of scary and dangerous clowns and threatening social media postings made by “clown” accounts. Though mostly considered […]

Clown threats sweep the country, affect two towns

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Just when we thought 2016 couldn’t get any weirder, the clowns came. Beginning in South Carolina with unsubstantiated reports that clowns were trying to lure children, clown-mania swept across the country, leading to reports of scary and dangerous clowns and threatening social media postings made by “clown” accounts. Though […]

Mayor, district: Edison Village will not overload schools

Some say the development will overcrowd the schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Representatives from the township, school district and Prism Capital Partners are saying the first phase of the Edison Village project will not have a major impact on local schools when people move into the mixed-use project’s residential units. Though the first phase of the project includes a total of 333 apartments, […]

Hazel, Washington students learn robotics thanks to grant

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students at Hazel and Washington elementary schools had the opportunity to code and program their own robots during the summer through a special grant award, “The Innovate NJ Summer Blended & Learning Grant,” targeted for Title I schools. West Orange was one of only 12 school districts to receive the $98,200 […]

Teachers’ union protests lack of contract

Tenured teachers boycott Back to School Nights, demand new contract with pay raises, respect

Teachers’ union protests lack of contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The tenured teachers of the West Orange Education Association are not attending their Back to School Nights in order to raise awareness about the negotiations dispute that has left them working without a contract for more than a year as well as what they feel has been disrespectful treatment on behalf […]

WOEA calls for fair pay, respect

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following is the condensed form of a statement given to the West Orange Chronicle from the West Orange Education Association, the teachers’ union, regarding the current dispute with the Board of Education: While we are reluctant to engage the BOE in a tit-for-tat exchange, we would be remiss if we did not reply and […]

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