WEST ORANGE, NJ — According to both West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) President Laura Lab and Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky, a recent claim from WBOE candidate Stephen Christiano that four elementary school assistant principals have recently been hired was not accurate.
According to Rutzky, two assistant principals were recently hired: one for the Redwood Elementary School and one for the Gregory Elementary School. There is currently an interim assistant principal at the Washington Elementary School, with a search underway to hire a permanent assistant principal for this school.
Explaining why the WOBOE deems that these assistant principals are needed, Lab said that both Redwood and Gregory have larger student populations than the middle schools, which have far more professionals in administrative and guidance positions. She said the Washington Elementary School also requires a permanent assistant principal due to the challenges of addressing the needs of students at the Title 1 school, as well as the major expansion of the evaluation process at all elementary schools.
In other news, Rutzky also reported on one of the most successful educational field trips that took place at West Orange High School this fall. All sophomores spent a day visiting the Essex County Courthouse, where they were able to speak with Judge Michael Ravin, see court cases taking place and interact with lawyers and prosecutors.
“This was an outstanding learning experience for our students, who were very engaged in it,” he said. “They asked very good questions. Judge Ravin, who is a Mountain High School grad, said our students are always welcome.”
During public comment, resident Tony Edelstein asked the WOBOE to advocate for a traffic light on Alisa Drive near the high school. Lab agreed that this was a dangerous intersection, and an “accident waiting to happen.”
Lab said she has advocated for the need for a light at this corner with County officials since it’s an Essex County road, but so far to no avail. She added that if anyone in the community can be helpful in advocating for this light to please let her know.
The next WOBOE meeting will take place on Nov. 21, 2016.