School Ethics Commission rules against Lawson-Muhammad

School Ethics Commission rules against Lawson-Muhammad

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On March 26, the New Jersey School Ethics Commission released its ruling in a complaint filed by Black Parents Workshop founder Walter Fields against Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad. The commission ruled in favor of Fields, saying that Lawson-Muhammad had violated NJSA 18A:12-24.1(e) and NJSA 18A:12-24.1(f) during a […]

Maplewood raises transgender flag in front of Town Hall

Maplewood raises transgender flag in front of Town Hall

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On March 31, the Maplewood and South Orange community gathered at Maplewood Town Hall to raise the transgender flag, celebrating the International Day of Transgender Visibility, a movement to ensure transgender people are not forgotten or delegitimized in any way. The event had many speakers, including several transgender individuals, who spoke about […]

SOMA BOE recognizes students, teachers

SOMA BOE recognizes students, teachers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its March 18 meeting, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education recognized several outstanding students and faculty members for recent accomplishments. The Columbia High School girls’ fencing team won the bronze medal in the State Championship. Fencing sabre are Valentina Aquino, Janine Bacchus-Joseph, Shaine Hammarberg, Christina Wright and Mia Zuckerberg; fencing epee […]

School district introduces preliminary 2019-20 budget

School district introduces preliminary 2019-20 budget

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Board of Education heard a presentation on the preliminary 2019-2020 budget at its Feb. 25 meeting, getting details from the administration on the district’s $141,598,027 preliminary budget for the next school year. According to the presentation, 78 percent of the total will be dedicated to instruction, 10 percent […]

BOT approves contract to reseed, fertilize playing fields

BOT approves contract to reseed, fertilize playing fields

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously approved at its Feb. 25 meeting a resolution approving a contract with Trugreen Commercial to reseed and fertilize the playing fields in South Orange and Maplewood, with the provision that weed-killing chemicals cannot be used on any South Orange fields. Trustee Howard Levison pulled […]

Playing fields direly need repair

Two towns, school district partner to rehabilitate shared playing fields

Playing fields direly need repair

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The playing fields in both South Orange and Maplewood have fallen into disrepair over the years due to overuse and weather, and the two towns, along with the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, are currently in the midst of a process to restore the fields to better playing conditions […]

BOE ready to tackle the issues in 2019

BOE ready to tackle the issues in 2019

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As we head into February, the 2019 SOMA Board of Education is all set up and ready to go. On Jan. 3, new members were sworn in and board leaders were chosen, and on Jan. 28, board members were assigned to committees. At the Jan. 3 reorganization, the business […]

SOMA BOE recognizes excellence within the school district

SOMA BOE recognizes excellence within the school district

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its Dec. 17 meeting, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education recognize many groups of students and faculty members for their many recent accomplishments. The CHS Unaccompanied Minors Vocal Ensemble, led by Vocal Music Director Jamie Bunce, was featured on a “Wonderama” episode, which aired Nov. 16. The CHS […]

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