WEST ORANGE, NJ - With a few agenda items dropped, the West Orange Board of Education met in the Library Media Center at West Orange High School on Monday and passed all personnel, financial and curriculum items in short order. Board member Megan Brill was not present at the meeting.

Interim Superintendent James O'Neill acknowledged the West Orange High School Athletes of the Week, which The Alternative Press of West Orange is also highlighting: Dana Catanzarite, Lindsey Tortora, Jasaan Ely, Erin Lester and Jean Charles.  

He also noted that the football team is 5-1 in Super Essex Conference play and tied for first place.  They will be playing Columbia High School in an away game this weekend and Montclair at home the following week.

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O'Neill then apologized to the WOHS Marching Band and famiies for the timing issue that arose during Friday night's Homecoming Game. Nutley High School parents and football coach insisted officials stick to game play time rules, and as the Marching Band began to play officials told WOHS that they would be penalized 15 yards at the start of the second half.  If they did not take the Marching Band off the field, they would be penalized another 15 yards and then forfeit the game. Athletic Director Ron Bligh and Principal Hayden Moore met with the Marching Band on Saturday to talk about what happened.

Sandra Van Dyke, head of the high school Drama Department for the last 15 years, will be retiring.  The announcement was made to students earlier in the day.

Title 1 Funding continues to provide Adult English Literacy programs to Spanish speaking parents and caregivers, with no cost to the district.

The long-dormant plans for a community garden on the grounds of Edison Middle School where the trailers once stood has gained new life, thanks to efforts of parent and landscaper Mike Giovine, Congdon lumber, and several staff and parent volunteers.  More to come on this effort and its progress.