WEST ORANGE, NJ — Due to a number of inquiries concerning the West Orange Board of Education’s (WOBOE) consideration of Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract, the West Orange Board of Education released a letter to the school district community today reminding community members that the board is legally precluded from publicly discussing personnel matters, but assuring the public that it carefully considers any and all personnel matters.

In order to carefully deliberate this matter over the past several months, the WOBOE has scheduled a number of special meetings, and has not taken any action at its regularly scheduled meetings, in order to carefully deliberate.

“The WOBOE appreciates the public’s patience during this process, as we carefully review and consider the matter,” the board wrote in its statement. “We are listening to all stakeholders’ comments, and we greatly appreciate your input.”

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According to the board, members of the public have inquired as to the legal requirements concerning superintendent contracts.

“A superintendent’s employment contract must be approved by a majority roll-call vote of the full membership of the board pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:17-15,” according to the board. “In order to non-renew a superintendent’s contract, the board needs a majority vote of the quorum of the board. Failure to have a majority vote of the quorum of the board to non-renew a superintendent’s contract will result in the superintendent’s current contract automatically renewing under the same terms in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:17-20.1.”

The letter to the community was signed by WOBOE President Ron Charles, Vice President Mark Robertson and board members Sandra Mordecai, Irv Schwartzbaum and Ken Alper. 

The next board of education meeting will be held on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.