October 11, 2019
Dear West Orange Community,
At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, a dress code matter was brought before the Board and to my attention. Privacy for those involved necessitates that I be judicious in my words. However, on behalf of the Board of Education, I felt it was imperative to provide a statement.
As I have stated before, I am a superintendent who strives to nurture an environment wherein all students and staff feel welcome, safe, comfortable and supported. When it comes to light that we have fallen short in our mission, what shall we do as a community? We shall not condemn, we shall not judge, we shall not cast out. I say, as a learning organization, let’s come together through honest and heartfelt dialogue, and let’s teach and grow. That is precisely the effort in which I lead. Constructive steps are already being taken on the part of the community, not to these ends, but better stated to these beginnings! The first step was taken on Monday night by a youngster and we will, as I find we sometimes do, take our cue from the children for whom we care.
My door and email inbox remain open to feedback, expertise and reflections as West Orange continues to set an example of a community which refuses to be divided as it learns and evolves to keep pace with an ever changing world. All are special here, all are welcome, and all are celebrated!
J. Scott Cascone, Ed. D.