VolunTEENs learn from motivational speaker

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Public Library’s VolunTEEN program kicked off with motivational speaker and Columbia High School graduate Coobee Darcelin, third row, far left. The VolunTEENS are running their summer food drive through Aug. 31 to benefit local food pantries through Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity. Non-perishable low-salt food can be dropped at […]

SOMA Board of Ed suspends Busichio

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood School District confirmed Aug. 27 that Columbia High School’s athletic director has been suspended indefinitely with pay. At its Monday, Aug. 20, meeting, the Board of Education voted to suspend five staffers — none of whom were named in the meeting’s agenda. According to the district in its Aug. 27 […]

BOE selects West Hudson Associates to lead search for new superintendent

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its meeting on Monday, Aug. 20, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education voted to appoint West Hudson Associates, a leading educational executive search firm, to lead the search for the school district’s next superintendent. West Hudson Associates was selected after two rounds of Requests for Proposals to identify the best partner […]

Morgan enthusiastic about upcoming work at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A new principal will take over at Columbia High School when classes begin in September, after interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra announced the shuffling of several district administrators, including former CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron. After serving as the high school’s principal for the last four years, Aaron is now a principal […]

U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus to perform free concert in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The township of Maplewood will present a free concert featuring The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus in the Memorial Park Amphitheater on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. Featuring more than 90 musicians and vocalists, the combined ensemble will perform a program which includes patriotic favorites, popular songs and […]

Silver looks forward to effecting change on Board of Ed

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hannah Silver, 17, a rising senior at Columbia High School and the newly-elected student representative to the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, was skeptical about running for the position. It wasn’t until a close friend brought her the application and encouraged her to run that she changed her mind. “I initially wasn’t […]

11 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This election season in the South Orange-Maplewood School District is looking to be exciting and heated, with 11 candidates — and only one incumbent — running for three open seats on the Board of Education. On Nov. 6, the two towns’ residents must select three of the following candidates […]

District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Services held a community forum on Monday, July 30, at Columbia High School to address growing concerns about the new direction the department is taking. In addition to a new interim director, Laura Morana, the leadership of the Special Services team […]

SOMSD to hold forums on special education

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Education invites the public to take part in two upcoming forums on special education in the Columbia High School Auditorium, 17 Parker Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; one forum will be Monday, July 30, and the other Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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