West Orange Teachers Show Up En Masse at Board of Education Meeting to Protest Contract Impasse

September 28, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Teachers from each of West Orange’s eleven public schools packed the West Orange High School (WOHS) library at a board of education meeting on Sept. 26 to convey their disenchantment with the way contract negotiations have been conducted as well as what many called the board members’ “lack of respect” for teachers.

Mark Maniscalco, president of ...

West Orange High School Marching Band to Compete in Roxbury Classic Saturday

ROXBURY, NJ - An evening of musical entertainment for the whole family will feature the West Orange High School Marching Band on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the eighth-annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic. 

The Roxbury Classic, an annual competition of local and regional high school marching bands, is an opportunity to experience a diverse range of performances ...

All-Gender Restrooms Promote LGBTQ Inclusion at Golda Och Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy is determined to develop and maintain a welcoming environment that is accepting and inclusive of all, regardless of a student, teacher, staff member or parent's sexual orientation and/or gender identity. As a result, the school has recently taken a number of steps to ensure that its policies and buildings reflect this message—including ...

Gregory Elementary School Bus "Kiss and Go" Lane Project Completed Prior to Start of School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The recently completed Gregory Elementary School bus lane construction project was part of a successful first day of school in West Orange on Sept. 6.

The newly installed driveway for buses only is located in front of the school. Buses will enter and exit the driveway heading north on Gregory Avenue. The former bus drop, located on Lowell Avenue, has become the ...

West Orange Teachers Protest Contract Impasse by Not Attending Back to School Night at Kelly Elementary

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With West Orange teachers working without a contract for more than one year, the West Orange Education Association (WOEA) membership in all the township’s schools voted to approve an action that “tenured staff will not be volunteering at Back to School this year, unless and until serious progress has been made towards a settlement and towards the restoration of ...

West Orange High School Mountaineers Fan Fest to Benefit WOHS Clubs and Sports

WEST ORANGE, NJ — To kick off the 2016-2017 West Orange High School football season, the high school is hosting its WOHS Mountaineer Fan Fest on Sept. 23 at the WOHS baseball field from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The high school invites the community to meet the mascot, have fun in the bouncy houses and enjoy games and prizes as fans cheer on the Mountaineer Football team before game time at ...

West Orange Board of Education Candidate Announces Pregnancy; Withdraws from Race

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The number of candidates running for the West Orange Board of Education in November is down to six after Susan Freivald announced her withdrawal from the race on Sept. 8.

In an official statement on Thursday, Freivald announced that she is pregnant and would miss most of the budget process if elected, but said she remains as “motivated as ever” to continue ...

An Important Announcement from West Orange Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The following is an announcement from Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky regarding busing for the start of the 2016-2017 school year on Sept. 6.

2016-2017 Transportation Update


For in-district students, all bus passes will be mailed to the parents/guardians of eligible students by August 24, 2016. Please ensure that your child is at the designated bus stop ...

West Orange High School Set for Sept. 6 Opening

WEST ORANGE, NJ – While students slept in late and played Pokémon GO, work continued at West Orange High School.

Even as sports teams practiced, Summer Enrichment classes filled the halls with future high school students, and teachers prepared for September, custodial services cleaned, polished and waxed the school. This week marks the return of the marching band, whose practices ...

Annual CubMobile Derby Attracts Record Number of Local Scouts

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 100 local scouts participating, more than twice the number from previous years, volunteers from packs in West Orange, Livingston, West Caldwell, Verona, East Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Short Hills, Millburn and Newark recently collaborated on the annual CubMobile Derby in Maplewood.

In the CubMobile Derby, Scouts use gravity to race down the hill at Memorial ...

A Statement from the West Orange Board of Education; Vows to Find Equitable Agreement for all Parties

September 23, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education and Administration values our staff but need to find a fair and equitable agreement for all parties, as the board represents all West Orange taxpayers. We welcome the opportunity to find common ground and work together on viable solutions.

The Association unilaterally declared impasse on May 26, 2016. A mediator was appointed by ...

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On the Move: A Consumer Conference for People with Spinal Cord Injury

September 20, 2016

You’re cordially invited to attend On the Move: A Consumer Conference for People with Spinal Cord Injury on this Friday, September 23rd, 9:30am-4:30 pm, in West Orange, NJ.

The Kessler Foundation conference will provide a rare opportunity for the media to see people with spinal cord injury (SCI) demonstrating how to use various types of robotic ...

Rutgers Study: What Expansion of Casino Gambling to North Jersey Means for State

Rutgers researchers see little, if any, improvement in jobs and personal income

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – If a new casino is built in northern New Jersey, the state might receive enough revenue to reduce its budget deficit “slightly,” according to a Rutgers study. Beyond that, however, no net substantial benefits are likely to be accrued by New Jerseyans; it would mostly be ...

Westfield Students Win Top Math Awards in National Competition

The Mathematics Department at Westfield High School (WHS) announces the results of this summer’s Mu Alpha Theta national mathematics competition including the achievement of the First Place Blue Ribbon Award.

Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, attracted 56 high schools and two-year colleges from all parts of the US at National ...