Lead test results show large variances

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District had announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in drinking water, news that upset parents […]

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 […]

Biggham and friends give exhilarating fundraising concert for Seth Boyden

Biggham and friends give exhilarating fundraising concert for Seth Boyden

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Grammy-winning gospel music producer and singer Rev. Milton Biggham brought the house down with his fundraising educational concert for Seth Boyden on March 26. More than 400 people attended “The Story of Gospel: A Unique American Art Form.” The legendary Biggham gathered a host of veteran gospel musicians for the event, including […]

SOMSD fine arts spring calendar

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District recently released its spring fine arts calendar. Events are as follows: Monday, April 3, from 10 to 11 a.m., Columbia High School choir Canens Vocem will perform at Winchester Gardens, 333 Elmwood Ave. in Maplewood. Wednesday, April 19, from 5 to 10 p.m., Columbia […]

Maplewood Green Team and SOSMD focus on overheating issues in classrooms

Maplewood Green Team and SOSMD focus on overheating issues in classrooms

MAPLEWOOD, NJ —  The South Orange-Maplewood School District and the Maplewood Green Team are working together on a multi-year action plan to address overheating issues in the schools. Because the school buildings are almost a century old, this project is a cost-effective way to achieve greater classroom comfort as well as energy savings. “If you […]

Gospel music legend to perform at Seth Boyden benefit

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Legendary gospel singer, songwriter and producer Rev. Milton Biggham will host an educational concert of historic and contemporary music, “The Story of Gospel: A Unique American Art Form,” on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in the Columbia High School Auditorium to benefit Seth Boyden Elementary. Led by Biggham, a choir of […]