West Orange Schools Discuss Action Plan to Address Holes in Special Education Program
WEST ORANGE, NJ – In response to a recently completed Special Education Audit that exposed numerous problems that need to be addressed, the West Orange Public School system put together an action plan to fully bring the district up to standards of compliance in this area.
Jeffrey Rutzky, superintendent of schools, and Kristin Gogerty, director of special services, presented the action plan during Monday’s West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting.
Gogerty presented the highlights of the five major goals of the action plan—the first of which focuses on enhancing the instructional programs and resources to meet the individualized needs of special education students in pre-k to grade 12. Gogerty outlined the major objectives of this goal, which includes establishing effective and appropriate assessments, as well as better evaluating district programs, instructional practices, resources and the professional development structure.
“We must clarify and refine department processes and procedures to ensure compliance and quality assurance, as well as maximize proactive, transparent communication,” Gogerty said regarding the second major goal.
In order to bring this goal to fruition, Gogerty said the district will create a detailed Special Services Procedures Manual and corresponding training and advisory documents. She added that communication procedures to facilitate effective communication with parents and guardians will be established and implemented.