Education

West Orange Board of Education Addresses Ongoing Community Conversation

d81987aa4b529a83482e_13392257_1352765468073327_627416922294325412_o-1.jpg
d81987aa4b529a83482e_13392257_1352765468073327_627416922294325412_o-1.jpg

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In thanking parents, teachers and community members for speaking out at recent West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE), the board acknowledged that it has heard the community’s need for the following:

  • Improved communications, empathy and tonality
  • Accountability and follow-up on improving Special Services
  • Approaches, as requested by parents and teachers, to “heal” the school community.
  • Addressing teachers’ concerns about support, respect and a desire to be heard on issues such as: The need for a new elementary-school reading program; Securing greater input from the teachers on the front lines, and more-advanced planning when implementing new programs or initiatives; Recognition of time allocation and priorities that impact instruction time and lesson planning; and Avoiding over-testing that stresses teachers, students and parents

“Leaders and members of WOSEPAC, WOCAS, Essex Rising and the COPTA have emailed us or called to offer support, and to ask about our plan for the process of healing, and our approach to school-community partnership, in order to advance student achievement,” the WOBOE wrote in a statement earlier this week.

In order to begin the process of “healing and strengthening” the WOBOE’s partnership with the community, the board is implementing the following initiatives:

  1. Expansion of the PR Committee to become a PR/Community Relations Committee, chaired by WOBOE Vice President Mark Robertson and board member Ken Alper. Parent/community organizations are invited to the table to work with the board on solutions
  2. Regular Special Services Progress Reports at board meetings and WOSEPAC meetings
  3. Follow-through on previously proposed board initiatives to ensure parent, teacher and community input, including but not limited to:
  • Town Hall Meetings with breakout groups for various high-interest topics, and more public forums and listening sessions where all voices can be heard and ideas can be put into action
  • Climate Surveys for Parents and Teachers with safeguards for confidentiality and curtailing duplication
  • Adding a Student Representative to the Board of Education
  • New Board Committees, including a Safety & Security Committee (and possibly Finance and Curriculum)
  • Diversity Training by a certified company and a Diversity Recruitment Job Fair (2019).

 

The board thanked all involved for their patience and partnership throughout this process. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

April 17, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Swimming
Camp
Childcare 
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

About the West Essex YMCA:
The West Essex YMCA has ...

MAX Challenge of West Orange - 2 Weeks FREE and more...

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The MAX Challenge of West Orange is about to start its next challenge.  Sign up before April 9, and you will receive maximum benefits, including two weeks free!

NUTRITION... MOTIVATION... RESULTS..!

SIGN UP BEFORE APRIL 9TH AND GET THE 'TAP CHALLENGE' PROMO:

12 weeks for the price of 10
Unlimited fitness classes 
Nutritional ...

deAmour Salon - Complimentary Blowout with Other Select Services - $40+ Value

Millburn, NJ - Salon Profilo in Milburn has recently rebranded to deAmour Salon & Spa! In celebration, owners Roula and Grace are inviting new and existing clients to enjoy a complimentary blowout with any color service. Call (973) 379-8300 to schedule your appointment. Promo code: TAP COLOR

deAmor Salon specializes in multiple coloring techniques and stays current on industry ...

Guerrero Martial Arts Kids - 50% OFF

CALDWELL, NJ - Guerrero Martial Arts in Caldwell is offering 50% off of their regular 6 week trial program.  Regular price of $69 is being slashed in half to only $34.59 for a limited time only. 

Redeem this discount by clicking HERE and entering in coupon code: TAPKIDS

Six week package includes 12 lessons (2x per week) and a uniform!

" Martial arts ...

Man Charged With Kidnapping and Assaulting Essex County Victim

April 16, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – A New York man appeared in federal court last week to face allegations that he assaulted and kidnapped an individual who had a protection order against him, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Rudolf Szoradi, 50, is charged by four-count criminal complaint with kidnapping, transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, interstate domestic violence and interstate ...

Letter to the Editor: Lions Club of West Orange Spaghetti Dinner

April 16, 2018

Dear Editor,

Since 1953, the Lions Club of West Orange has been recognized throughout the township for our service to the blind and visually impaired. A majority of the world’s eye banks, clinics, and eye research centers are established and supported by all Lions Clubs throughout the world.

We are men and women committed to helping provide quality eye care, eye ...

West Orange Community House Seeks Community Sponsors

April 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Boys & Girls Club at the West Orange Community House (WOCH) has opened its new 9,000 square foot recreational facility at 250 Main Street in West Orange.

The WOCH has been supporting families of West Orange for 100 years, and needs help to continue providing much-needed recreational programs to West Orange. By placing an advertisement banner on the gym ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.

 

Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...