Roselle schools get OK from state in benchmark rating

Roselle schools get OK from state in benchmark rating

ROSELLE, NJ — The local school district has passed the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum, a statewide benchmark that assesses districts in several key areas. The news, announced at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting, included that the district has raised its grade in “instruction and program” from 60 percent in March 2017 […]

Roselle council clashes over appointments, vendors

ROSELLE, NJ — Council members clashed with one another and the mayor regarding a series of appointments that filled the agenda at the Jan. 16 council meeting. The vote to appoint a new municipal prosecutor, the awarding of contracts to new attorneys and the selection of an architectural firm were called “political favors” by some […]

Ousted Roselle school board member announces bid for mayor

Ousted Roselle school board member announces bid for mayor

ROSELLE, NJ — Archange Antoine, a former local school board member who was dismissed for missing meetings and is facing formal ethics complaints with state authorities in unrelated incidents, is running for mayor. Antoine, who was the longest-serving member of the Board of Education at the time he was removed by a 5-4 vote on […]

New Roselle schools chief settles in, has ways to go

New Roselle schools chief settles in, has ways to go

ROSELLE, NJ — James Baker was trained as a paratrooper in the Army in the 1970s. He knew something about jumping into hostile situations long before he accepted the job as the superintendent of the Roselle School District six months ago. “I’ve worked in the field in urban areas for 25 years,” Baker said during […]

Hair stylist seated as newest Roselle school board member

ROSELLE, NJ — Lifelong borough resident Jonathon “Shawon” Spearman has said his connections to the community will be his greatest strength as the newest member of the Board of Education, which he characterized as “a mess.” Spearman was appointed to the board by an 8-0 vote at its Nov. 19 meeting. After being sworn in […]

Teachers union asks Roselle BOE to resume negotiations

ROSELLE, NJ — The president of the union representing 400 teachers and support staff, such as security guards, custodians and nurses, has asked the local Board of Education to return to the negotiating table. Claudia Jo, president of the Roselle Education Association, addressed the Oct. 29 board meeting, saying that although a stalemate has been […]

First lighted church in Roselle celebrates 150th anniversary

First lighted church in Roselle celebrates 150th anniversary

ROSELLE, NJ — Thomas Edison first brought electric light to the village of Roselle back in January 1883, when he was trying to prove that a town could be illuminated by power from a single generating station. Roselle was chosen by Edison because it did not have any gas-powered lighting. Along with installing his incandescent […]

Roselle teachers picket board meeting, demand contract

Roselle teachers picket board meeting, demand contract

ROSELLE, NJ — About 75 teachers, frustrated to be working without a contract for more than 15 months, picketed outside Abraham Clark High School before the Sept. 24 school board meeting. One group of teachers at the corner of East 7th Avenue and Chestnut Street brandished signs that read “We want a contract,” “No contract, […]

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