District looks into credit recovery at CHS

District looks into credit recovery at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a June 13 town hall meeting to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan, Acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra confirmed that his administration is currently looking into the credit-recovery program at Columbia High School. According to a May 23 letter sent by the CHS administration to the school community, credit […]

Board of Ed re-issues RFP for superintendent search firm

Board of Ed re-issues RFP for superintendent search firm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously agreed at a May 29 special meeting to begin anew the process to select a search firm for a new superintendent of schools. South Orange-Maplewood School District Business Administrator and BOE Secretary Paul Roth has thus issued a revised Request For Proposals for a superintendent […]

Crossing cultures with the CCR at XRootsFest

Crossing cultures with the CCR at XRootsFest

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presented the fifth annual XRootsFest in Maplewood Memorial Park on June 2. The event featured musicians, dancers, food vendors, merchants and more. An area for children was set up with a bounce house and other activities; alongside it was an “Edu-tainment” tent, where various cultural […]

Lawson-Muhammad apologizes, intends to stay on BOE

Lawson-Muhammad apologizes, intends to stay on BOE

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At the May 21 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad took time to address the incident that occurred when a South Orange police officer pulled her over for speeding. She apologized again for her behavior and reaffirmed her commitment to the school district and to serving the community. […]

Parents urge BOE, district to keep Frye

Parents urge BOE, district to keep Frye

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Public speaks at the May 21 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education special meeting was full of passionate support for Seth Boyden Principal Damion Frye, who, a week prior had not been reappointed to his post for the 2018-2019 school year. More than two dozen community members — including many Seth Boyden parents, […]

School water retests show 1 issue at CHS

School water retests show 1 issue at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In a May 13 update, the South Orange-Maplewood School District reported that it received the results from an April test of 21 plumbing fixtures in the district; only one unit had an unacceptable level of lead and failed the retest. The district retested the 21 fixtures, which had been offline during the […]