St. Barnabas Hospital donates playground equipment to 3 West Orange elementary schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ – St. Cloud, Gregory and Washington elementary schools were the lucky recipients of hula hoops, balls, chalk, jump ropes and other playground equipment from St. Barnabas Hospital on April 20. Margie Heller, administrative director of community health and outreach at St. Barnabas; Andrea Cuellar, supervisor of physical therapy and lift team services; […]

WOBOE raises taxes by 1.86 percent

Board of Ed passes $128.8 million budget, cuts only six positions despite original plans to cut 20

WOBOE raises taxes by 1.86 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed final budget for the 2016-17 school year, which increases taxes by 1.86 percent to make up for an approximately $3 million deficit but reduces fewer positions and classes than the preliminary budget did. According to the budget presentation made by Superintendent […]

Scholarship Fund gains $50,000 donation

Now defunct Women’s Club gives excess funds as endowment to West Orange Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund gains $50,000 donation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Scholarship Fund received an extraordinary $50,000 donation from the now-defunct West Orange Women’s Club, which was seeking to give away its remaining assets to worthy causes before closing up shop for good after more than 80 years in the community. According to WOSF President Rich Rizzolo, the $50,000 […]

Better safe than sorry, WOSD tests schools’ water for lead

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After the Newark school system made headlines last month when analyses showed that its drinking water contained lead levels significantly higher than allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the West Orange School District is planning to have the water tested for lead in all of its own buildings during the coming […]

West Orange middle schools ‘Fuel Up to Play 60’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Twenty-seven lucky Edison, Liberty and Roosevelt middle school students enjoyed a trip to the Jets Training Camp facility in Florham Park on March 16 to taste smoothies, do a little dancing and learn about the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program that will be added to their schools beginning in September. […]

Edison Central 6 spreads sports combine districtwide

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sit-ups, push-ups, running and learning game rules can be activities that young teens dislike doing in gym class. What if physical education teachers could come up with a program that students would actually want to do? Robert Berke, Corinn Giaquinto, Bryan Azzato and Meredith Schwartz, the physical education and health teachers […]

WOSD to cut 20 employees, two classes

With budget shortfall and 2-percent tax cap, school district forced to make personnel, class cuts

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed 2016-2017 school year’s preliminary budget, which includes increasing taxes by 1.86 percent while also cutting 20 positions and two middle-school classes to make up for an approximately $3 million deficit, during its March 21 meeting. According to the budget presentation made […]

Meet to discuss proposed elementary school changes

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange elementary school parents and guardians are invited to an informational meeting to discuss the proposed K-5 report card revisions, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, and departmentalization, which will begin in September 2016 for grades three through five. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and […]

WOSD cuts retiree health, dental plans to save money

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Ever since retiring from the West Orange School District in 2008 after 25 years of teaching, Margo Sokolow paid into the Horizon Dental Option Plan offered by the district to its retired employees in need of dental insurance. And for the past eight years, all was well. The program covered nearly […]