SOMA BOE president releases statement on new contract for superintendent

SOMA BOE president releases statement on new contract for superintendent

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education President Thair Joshua released a statement regarding the new contract for Superintendent of Schools Ronald G. Taylor on Aug. 27, in which he details the board’s new agreement with Taylor. “When Dr. Taylor came to our district with previous experience as a superintendent leading […]

South Orange–Maplewood schools make curriculum available online

South Orange–Maplewood schools make curriculum available online

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District’s curriculum and instruction department announced Aug. 10 that the district’s entire K-12 curriculum will now be available online at https://bit.ly/SOMSDAtlas. The district has partnered with Rubicon Atlas to build out a digital public-facing platform for the K-12 curriculum, which is now open to SOMSD […]

Fofana family and SOMA community grateful for arrest in case, continue to push for ‘Justice for Moussa’

Fofana family and SOMA community grateful for arrest in case, continue to push for ‘Justice for Moussa’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Aug. 6 that a 20-year-old Newark man had been arrested and charged with the June 6 murder of Moussa Fofana, an 18-year-old Maplewood resident and Columbia High School junior. Yohan Hernandez was charged with murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of […]

SOMSD to implement security upgrades at Underhill in Maplewood

SOMSD to implement security upgrades at Underhill in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood Superintendent of Schools Ronald G. Taylor announced July 7 that — after many conversations and assessments of the current security infrastructure at the Underhill facility with our Maplewood Township officials, Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul, Board of Education President Thair Joshua and Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez — the […]

18-year-old soccer star shot to death at Underhill Field in Maplewood, 17-year-old injured

18-year-old soccer star shot to death at Underhill Field in Maplewood, 17-year-old injured

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Columbia High School student died following a shooting on June 6 at Underhill Field and another was injured, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on June 7. Moussa Fofana, 18, a CHS junior and star soccer player, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:24 p.m., after Maplewood Police Department […]

Columbia High School to hold Lavender Graduation this June

Columbia High School to hold Lavender Graduation this June

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As part of annual June Pride Month celebrations across SOMA and Essex County, Maplewood and South Orange are again partnering with the South Orange–Maplewood School District and others in the community to present SOMA Lavender Graduation 2021, to be held in person and virtually on Thursday, June 3, at […]

CHS students speak out about sexual harassment, the need for better education regarding consent

CHS students speak out about sexual harassment, the need for better education regarding consent

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Students and staff at Columbia High School asked the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education and district administrators to address sexual assault and harassment among students at the April 19 BOE meeting, after students identified themselves as victims and shared their experiences online in early March. BOE student representative Lily […]

Taylor addresses integration, facilities plan in letter to community

Taylor addresses integration, facilities plan in letter to community

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — To provide updates regarding the South Orange–Maplewood School District’s Intentional Integration Initiative, which will begin in September with the incoming kindergarten class, Superintendent of Schools Ronald Taylor sent an informational letter to the community on April 14. “For background, in the 2018-2019 school year, the Board of Education voted […]

SOMSD announces phases 4 and 5 to reopen for in-person learning

SOMSD announces phases 4 and 5 to reopen for in-person learning

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced the plan for the next two phases of the district’s reopening plan, as the district gets ready to continue with the third phase of hybrid instruction. Students in kindergarten through second grade, and in sixth and ninth grades have returned to […]

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