WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Rutzky made the following announcement on Tuesday regarding budget cuts:
"Based on the tentative agreement for health benefits and salary with the West Orange Education Association, the additional $1.3 million dollars in budget cuts will no longer be needed. Therefore, the library media specialist positions are not being discussed or eliminated.
Please know that approximately 70 Rice notices were provided to district employees so the Board of Education members can legally discuss any matter involving those staff members' employment, if needed.
This process is followed annually in our school district and in school districts across the state during the budget process and prior to staff reappointments. Furthermore, a Rice notice must be provided to every employee listed on the Board agenda."
Appellate Court, the second-highest court in the State of New Jersey, ruled last week that all employees and prospective employees of local schools are “entitled to receive a ‘Rice Notice’ any time a matter involving their employment is placed on the board’s agenda, regardless of whether the board will actually be discussing the individual.”
To learn more about Rice Notices and the ruling on them, click HERE.