Rutzky resigns, BOE approves separation

After unanimous Board of Ed. vote on Oct. 19, Rutzky ceases being WO superintendent that midnight

Rutzky resigns, BOE approves separation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education approved a separation agreement with Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky at a special meeting Oct. 19, in which Rutzky agreed to voluntarily resign effective at midnight that evening. Complying with state law, Rutzky will be paid three months’ salary for each year remaining on his contract, which […]

BOE candidates discuss diversity, school security at forum

Candidates warn against schools becoming like prisons

BOE candidates discuss diversity, school security at forum

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The three candidates running for the two open seats on the West Orange Board of Education participated in a debate to discuss the issues facing West Orange School District on Oct. 11. Held at West Orange High School and hosted by the West Orange Council of PTAs, challengers Terry Trigg-Scales, Jeremias […]

WOSD wins 2 NJ School Public Relations Association awards

WOSD wins 2 NJ School Public Relations Association awards

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District has received two New Jersey School Public Relations Association awards, announced at the NJSPRA awards ceremony on Oct. 11. The district received a first place award in the Media Relations and Human Interest category for its “We are the Answer” video addressing tolerance and acceptance, and […]

‘Liv Bits’ star shares her story of hope and love

‘Liv Bits’ star shares her story of hope and love

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Olivia VanLedtje, age 11, has visited more than 30 schools, spoken to more than 25,000 people and traveled to 19 states to share her message of hope and love under her brand “The Liv Bits,” along with her mom, Cynthia Merrill, a literacy consultant. The dynamic duo are halfway through a […]

WOHS Senior Night recognizes students, highlights music program

WOHS Senior Night recognizes students, highlights music program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Senior Night on Oct. 12 recognized Class of 2019 fall athletes while the annual District Band Night welcomed students from Edison, Liberty and Roosevelt middle schools to play with the Marching Mountaineers. Athletes from the football, girls’ volleyball, cheerleading, marching band, cross-country, boys’ soccer and girls’ soccer […]

Badlani Foundation awards $2K grant to Gregory School

Badlani Foundation awards $2K grant to Gregory School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Nikhil Badlani Foundation presented Gregory Elementary School with a $2,000 grant award at the PTA meeting on Oct. 10. The grant award was presented by Sangeeta and Sunil Badlani to Gregory Principal Makeida Estupinan. NBF had issued a challenge to West Orange public schools that the school team raising the […]

Kelly students celebrate International Walk to School Day

Kelly students celebrate International Walk to School Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School in West Orange joined schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Approximately 75 students from Kelly Elementary walked from multiple neighborhood meeting points to school along with parents, teachers, the West Orange Police Department and community leaders. A group […]

‘LivBits’ star to visit to West Orange elementary schools

‘LivBits’ star to visit to West Orange elementary schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The parents of students in grades K-6 are invited to attend two special information sessions featuring 11-year-old social media sensation Liv VanLedtje — #thelivbits — and her mother, literacy consultant Cynthia Merrill. The two sessions, “Tips for Staying Safe, Savvy, and Smart Online,” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Monday, […]

Township, school district unite to fight bullying

Township, school district unite to fight bullying

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Human Relations Commission is partnering with West Orange School District to sponsor an anti-bullying campaign for the month of October. Bullying is generally defined as “an intentional act that causes harm to others, and may involve verbal harassment, verbal or non-verbal threats, physical assault, stalking, or other methods […]