Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Despite supporters objections, West Orange Board of Education hires Jim Matsakis as new high school coach.
Over the objections of almost 200 supporters in attendance Tuesday night, the West Orange Board of Education approved the hiring of a new high school football coach to replace longtime coach John Jacob. In a 4-1 vote, with board member Ronald Charles dissenting, the board approved the hiring of new head coach Jim Matsakis despite pleas from community members, students and former players for the board to let Jacob retain his job after 10 seasons. More than a dozen residents offered testimony how the school community sees Jacob as more than a teacher or a coach. The parents and students also demanded transparency from the board why Jacob was removed. The residents cheered Jacob when he appeared at the meeting and several times throughout …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
District will be open Valentine's Day to make up for days lost in Sandy.
The West Orange Board of Education recently voted to add days to the school calendar to make up for closures resulting from Hurricane Sandy. District officials said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 will now be a full day, and Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 will be a single session or half day, the district announced. The super storm closed West Orange schools for one week at the end of October and beginning of November, leaving it one day short of the state-mandated 180 days of school for students. The full revised calendar is attached as a PDF to this article.
Monday, November 12, 2012
West Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment, Downtown Alliance also in session.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, November 12, 2012
Following Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter and the 2012 election season, the township will get back to work this week. The week begins with town offices closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in recognition of Veteran's Day. The West Orange Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 has been canceled. The West Orange Downtown Alliance meeting will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in town hall, conference room 109. An agenda is not yet available. On Thursday, Nov. 15, the West Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment meets in council chambers, 66 Main St. beginning at 8 p.m. An agenda is not yet available. The West Orange Board of Education will meet the following Monday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Redwood Elementary School, 75 Redwood Ave. The …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Charles, Casalino earn seats on township board of education; County prosecutor's office investigating death.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Incumbent Michelle Casalino will join newcomer Ronald Charles on the West Orange Board of Education following Election Day wins Tuesday. Casalino was the top vote-getter in the four-person race for two seats. Charles finished second and was followed by Joseph Sorbino and Adam Kraemer. Board member Paul Petigrow dropped out of the race in September. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the death of a West Orange woman on Oct. 31. Lelia Whatley, 22, was found unresponsive at her Washington Street residence early last Wednesday and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Whatley's death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy Monday found she died of …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Board of Education and Cavanna announce resignation in a joint statement.
On Monday, the West Orange Board of Education passed a resolution stating that they had accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Cavanna. The BOE and Cavanna released a joint statement: On October 22, 2012, the West Orange Board of Education voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anthony P. Cavanna, effective December 31, 2012. Dr. Cavanna was appointed as Superintendent of the West Orange School District on July 1, 2009. During Dr. Cavanna's tenure, the District's accomplishments included the receipt of over $4,000,000.00 in Federal grants. As a result, the District was able to maintain programming in the face of significant reductions in State aid. Dr. Cavanna sincerely appreciates having had the…
Sunday, October 14, 2012
A look at West Orange's top stories.
Busy last week and missed all the West Orange news that's fit to be posted? Here's a quick list of important news last week: Board of Education Candidates Meet and Greet Local Residents. The Pleasantdale PTA held a “Meet the Candidates Night,” where residents could meet Board of Education candidates and ask them questions in an informal setting. The four candidates, incumbent Michelle Casalino and challengers Ron Charles, Adam Kraemer and Joe Sorbino are running for two three-year seats on the West Orange Board of Education. This will be the first year candidates campaign and compete against one another in a November election. One of the popular topics of the night was the lack of transparency, specifically after Superintendent Anthony…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Washington Elementary Board of Education honors Marie DeMaio for five decades of leadership and dedication
Washington Elementary School principal, Marie DeMaio, was honored by the Board of Education with an auditorium of parents, students and fellow faculty members eager to express their gratitude for her 50 years on staff. “She’s a valuable part of the West Orange community,” the superintendent of schools, Dr. Anthony P. Cavanna, said at Monday night's board's meeting . “She is a wonderful principal and always has her students in mind.” The principal, who began her work at Washington Elementary as a second grade teacher in 1962, made remarkable strides in transitioning the school into what it is today, also said Cavanna. DeMaio accepted the district’s recognition and display of gratitude by saying, “My career in West Orange has been a …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Board of Ed also recognizes student essay winners and considers a new literacy plan.
The West Orange Board of Education granted tenure to Athletic Director Ron Bligh, and the move was met by a standing ovation by an auditorium filled nearly to capacity at Monday night's meeting. In other business, the board heard Harassment Intimidation Bullying (HIB) and literacy reports and recognized four winners of an essay contest about the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Once he was granted tenure, Bligh stepped up to the microphone and said, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Questions had swirled recently about the athletic director's future in West Orange. Doubts over Bligh’s eligibility for tenure were put to rest Monday night, as several members of the audience talked about his strengths as a member of the district. …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The complaint was filed in February.
An ethics complaint was filed against Laura Lab, president of the West Orange Board of Education, and Megan Brill, another member of the board, according to documents obtained by West Orange Patch. Nicholas Galante, a current school district employee and president of the local teacher's union, filed the complaint in February with the state School Ethics Commission, confirmed Galante's attorney Gail Oxfeld Kanef in Newark. The document charges that Lab allegedly demanded Galante be transferred from his current work assignment and asked for Galante's work email to be monitored - among other complaints. The document also charged that Brill wanted a "supporter" to fill a teacher position that had been left vacant due to a maternity leave, as …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Policies require new hires to live in New Jersey
On Monday, the West Orange Board of Education passed new recruitment, selection, and hiring policies for newly hired school staff members who are required to live in New Jersey. The rules state that any employees hired on or after September 1, 2011 and is not a New Jersey resident must become one within one year, according to papers provided by the school board. If they fail to do so, they would be "deemed unqualified for employment" and will be terminated from their position. The new school staff rules reflect state law that was signed by Gov. Chris Christie last year. Called the "New Jersey First Act," it became effective last year on September 1 and pertains to public employees. If a public employee who was hired prior to the law's …