Racism and insensitivity in our schools

Threats to lynch black people, swastikas, slave auction posters appear in SOMSD buildings

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It has been a rough couple of weeks for the South Orange-Maplewood School District in regard to tolerance and cultural competency. Last week, South Orange Middle School reported two incidents of racist graffiti scrawled in bathrooms. The first incident, using the N-word, said that “Naughty (blacks) Get Lynched”; while […]

BOE to vote on SOMA schools budget

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District released the following press release: “On March 7, 2017, the district’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year was presented to the Board of Education and the community. The proposed budget was updated for the March 13, 2017, community forum, upon receiving information that […]

BOE affirms duty to educate all children

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the Feb. 27 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, board members voted to affirm the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s commitment to educating all children. The board passed Resolution No. 3536, which states the district’s goal to education all children, regardless of ethnicity or immigration status. “The School District […]

Preliminary district budget shows $2.36 million deficit

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As has been the trend for a long time, the South Orange-Maplewood School District is facing a considerable budget deficit for the 2017-2018 school year. Business Administrator Paul Roth presented the 2017-2018 preliminary budget, based on “zero-based” budgeting, at the Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting and highlighted a […]

Discuss the SOMSD 2017-2018 budget

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — How will your tax dollars be used to support our local public schools as they strive to prepare each and every student for post-secondary educational success and to educate all students to be responsible and productive members of the global society at large? Whether you have children enrolled in […]

SOMA Board of Ed affirms commitment to educating all children

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the Feb. 27 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, board members voted to affirm the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s commitment to educating all children. The board passed Resolution No. 3536, which states the district’s goal to education all children, regardless of ethnicity or immigration status. “The School District […]

Evening activities in SOMSD canceled for Jan. 23

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Due to high wind conditions, all South Orange-Maplewood schools will be closed from 6:30 p.m. on tonight, Jan. 23, and all after-school activities from 6:30 p.m. on are canceled, according to a release from the district. The one exception is the Board of Education meeting, which will take place […]

Township Committee welcomes McGehee

TC members appointed to committees, liaison positions

Township Committee welcomes McGehee

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its Jan. 1 reorganization meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee welcomed Committeeman Frank McGehee, who was sworn in for a three-year term. McGehee joins Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams, India Larrier and Greg Lembrich on the committee. “Collaborating with my fellow Township Committee members, I look forward to continuing the […]

District’s strategic plan gets under way

BOE passes strategic direction and action plan in final 2016 meeting, remains open to feedback

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The process to implement the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s strategic plan is under way following the Board of Education’s 8-1 vote — with board member Johanna Wright voting nay — to pass a resolution approving the plan’s strategic direction and action plan during its Dec. 19 meeting. Residents are […]

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