By Barry Carter
The Facebook picture of Akbar Cook standing in front of washing machines and dryers looked rather odd at West Side High School in Newark.
Not to Cook, who is the school’s new principal this school year. The appliances are not out of place at all. In fact, he said, they’re needed to remove a barrier that kept students from coming to school when he was vice principal.
Students couldn’t afford to wash their school uniforms, a financial situation at home that was made worse when they did show up to school.