WEST ORANGE, NJ — After more than a dozen of Kristin Gogerty’s colleagues praised her during public comment of Monday’s West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, the WOBOE unanimously approved her as the new director of special services.

Gogerty replaces Connie Salimbeno, who was recently named the principal of the Betty Maddalena Early Learning Center.

Among those who highly recommended Gogerty for this position was Stuart Nachbar, an attorney and a special needs advocate who served on the selection committee for this position.

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“West Orange has one of the best special needs programs in the state,” said Nachbar. “This department is phenominal, and it will be even better under the direction of Ms. Gogerty…She is a perfect fit for the district.”

Gogerty was the supervisor of special education for Pre-K to grade eight in West Orange for more than six years prior to her new appointment.

“Kristin will be an outstanding director of special services because she always places children at the center of her education decisions,” said Joanne Pollara, principal of the Kelly Elementary School.

To read more about this meeting, during which members of the WOBOE discussed their concern over the ownward trend of algebra PARCC scores, click HERE.

The next WOBOE meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20.