SOMSD to begin school year virtually

SOMSD to begin school year virtually

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Four days after the South Orange–Maplewood School District presented its fall reopening plan, with three options to choose from as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent the normal back-to-school fanfare September would usually bring, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing New Jersey school districts to begin the […]

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In February 2018, the Black Parents Workshop filed a federal lawsuit against the South Orange–Maplewood School District, drawing attention to the marginalization of black students in the district and the segregation seen in the district’s elementary schools. On July 13, the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education approved a settlement […]

Essex County superintendents respond to news of continued school closures

Essex County superintendents respond to news of continued school closures

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Teachers and students were holding out hope that they would be able to return to school and some semblance of normalcy before June, but on May 4 Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance […]

Departing guidance head at CHS lists perceived failures

Departing guidance head at CHS lists perceived failures

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As schools navigate remote learning, a departing South Orange–Maplewood School District employee wrote a scathing letter detailing what he perceives as the district’s failures and shortcomings. “Over the past two years, I have observed a district that has accomplished some important goals but has fallen well short on others. […]

Essex County schools make the best of remote learning

Teachers adapt to online education as schools stay closed

Essex County schools make the best of remote learning

By Amanda Valentovic and EmilyAnn Jackman / Staff Writers ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It has been more than two weeks since the global COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of the country, and Essex County school districts have closed the doors to school buildings and moved to online classes. With no timeline for returning, teachers and […]

COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

Two towns, entire state, close down everyday life to prevent spread of disease

COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The two towns are feeling the effects of COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus that was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. School districts, many businesses and other organizations have closed and moved to online learning for at least two weeks. As of March […]

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District Superintendent Ronald Taylor and Business Administrator Paul Roth gave an update about the district’s planned elementary school integration at a Feb. 19 meeting at Jefferson Elementary School. According to Taylor’s presentation, the administration will recommend a plan to the Board of Education by June and will be ready […]

Seth Boyden reporters interview superintendent

Seth Boyden reporters interview superintendent

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Seth Boyden’s third-grade class, led by teacher Carol West, had the opportunity to interview Superintendent Ronald Taylor as a part of their Black History Month studies. Their focus is on interviewing citizens who are making a difference in their communities. Students interviewed Taylor as “staff reporters.” Each child had a question and […]

Town hall meeting to discuss SOMSD III

Town hall meeting to discuss SOMSD III

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Office of the Superintendent and the Parenting Center will present a community town hall event to discuss the South Orange-Maplewood School District Intentional Integration Initiative on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 518 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood. Superintendent Ronald Taylor and other members of district administration […]