West Orange District Provides Updates on Upcoming Committees

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In response to parents who inquired about the status of the Allergy Awareness Committee and the upcoming Diversity Committee, West Orange Interim Superintendent Eveny de Mendez said that the allergy awareness committee “has been brought under the Health and Wellness committee” at the board of education’s request and that invitations have been sent out to those interested in joining the Diversity Committee. 

According to de Mendez, the allergy committee is currently being reorganized to include Director of Special Services Kristin Gogerty as well as nurses, former committee members, and newly interested members. More information on the Health and Wellness committee will be sent out at a later date.

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Regarding the Diversity Committee, de Mendez said the first meetings will be held on June 10 and June 27, and that any interested parties who did not receive an invitation should contact de Mendez or Paul Palek Jr., Interim Director of Human Resources.

In other news, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) also had its first reading of a newly revised Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) report during last week’s meeting.

“The difference between this HIB policy and our existing policy is that this now includes private schools for [special education] students,” said board vice president Sandra Mordecai. “Also, there’s a 60-day reporting requirement.”

In addition, the board unanimously approved the recommendation to appoint Ana Marti as the acting principal of Hazel Elementary School until a candidate is identified.

“I can’t think of anybody who’s better qualified,” said board member Mark Robertson of Marti’s appointment. “She’s contributed to our district so many times, for so many years. We’re very fortunate to have her.”

Kimya Jackson, who was recognized at this year’s “Parade of Honors,” will be the acting assistant principal at Redwood Elementary.

Board President Ken Alper also announced the resignation of 17-year district faculty member Michelle Martino, who has been selected to serve as principal of a K-8 school in Northvale, Bergen County. The board congratulated her and wished her well on her next venture.

To read more from this meeting, where parents, faculty and students continued the discussion on state-mandated physical education (P.E.) and health education, click HERE.

The next board meeting will be held on June 17 at 8 p.m.