Donate books to your local school

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District, the Parenting Center and the Elementary School PTAs are partnering to expand elementary school and classroom libraries so that they reflect the rich diversity and backgrounds of the community. To view a wish list of needed books and purchase them, visit http://store.wordsbookstore.com/somsd-elementary-school-wish-list or https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/24Q0RP07AY0XU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_t40hzbZ7CJ3DP. […]

BOE approves new executive director of special services, youth development

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On June 15, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education approved the appointment of Lauren Reisenauer as executive director of Special Services & Youth Development, effective July 1. “Dr. Reisenauer’s work as a district leader in special education and staff development, her background in school scheduling, and her strengths in […]

Community forum on lead in drinking water

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold a community question-and-answer forum to discuss the recent discovery of lead in nine district drinking water sources. The forum will be Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood. Free childcare will be available.

Nine SOMSD water sources found to contain higher levels of lead

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District, in compliance with the Department of Education regulations and technical guidance developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, identified and tested all drinking water and food preparation outlets, according to a June 12 press release from the district. Of the 223 samples […]

Expert sees classroom shortfall, lopsided racial makeup

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District and Board of Education is considering how it will address issues of increasing enrollment after a commissioned facilities-usage study found that rezoning alone will not prevent a shortfall of classrooms at the elementary school level. BOE President Elizabeth Baker told the News-Record that the […]

Ramos to leave SOMSD after just 2 years

Superintendent retires three years before contract expires to spend more time with his family

Ramos to leave SOMSD after just 2 years

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After just two years, Superintendent of Schools John Ramos Sr. is retiring from the South Orange-Maplewood School District, effective Aug. 24. The retirement, which was announced in a May 22 letter to the SOMSD community, comes as a surprise since Ramos only joined the district about two years ago. […]

Residents come together to discuss bias in the SOMSD

Town hall forum breaks into small, focused sessions

Residents come together to discuss bias in the SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a second town hall meeting on equity and inclusion on May 3, roughly one month after community members stressed that the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s curriculum should be changed to prevent racially insensitive incidents from occurring, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction informed parents that teachers […]

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

Community members highlight continuing insensitivity

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Prompted by recent controversies within the school district, a community healing event featuring the free showing of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” and an open panel discussion were held Saturday, May 6, at Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange in an effort to encourage open dialogue and […]

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