Board approves changes to lockdown drill policy

Board approves changes to lockdown drill policy

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved on first reading changes to its Emergency and Crisis Situations policy at its Oct. 28 meeting, after having heard students and parents describe at a prior meeting the long-term effects lockdown drills have on students. The district will not hold more […]

Siders, Joshua and Wright win BOE seats

Siders, Joshua and Wright win BOE seats

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In a heated election season that saw seven candidates running for just three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, voters decided Nov. 5 to elect challengers Erin Siders and Thair Joshua, along with incumbent Johanna Wright, who will be entering her third term in office.  All […]

Education commissioner denies SLM appeal, affirms her fears, reduces penalty to 30 days

Education commissioner denies SLM appeal, affirms her fears, reduces penalty to 30 days

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad’s appeal of an ethics complaint against her was denied Thursday, Oct. 31, though the original six-month suspension was lessened to 30 days by New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet. The complaint was filed in May 2018 by Black Parents Workshop Chairman […]

7 vie for 3 Board of Ed seats

Two incumbents, five challengers discuss the issues facing SOMA schools

7 vie for 3 Board of Ed seats

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Seven people are running for three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election; two are incumbents and five are challengers. On the ballot for the third time will be Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad and Johanna Wright, and the challengers are Sharon Tanenbaum Kraus, Carey […]

CHS string musicians play in Atlantic City as NJSBA convention

CHS string musicians play in Atlantic City as NJSBA convention

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The Columbia High School Virtuosi Ensemble was honored to perform at the New Jersey School Boards Association State Convention on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Atlantic City Convention Center. Per the recommendation of arts supervisor James Manno, Columbia High School String Orchestra instructor Todd Van Beveren sent in a video excerpt […]

Candidates discuss their reasons for running at HNA debate

Candidates discuss their reasons for running at HNA debate

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The seven candidates with their names on the ballot for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education continued campaigning Thursday, Oct. 17, participating in a debate at the DeHart Community Center hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association. They answered questions about how to make the South Orange-Maplewood School District better and asked for […]

Students, parents request changes to lockdown-drill procedures

Students, parents request changes to lockdown-drill procedures

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting on Sept. 16 saw many residents — including students — speaking out about active shooter and lockdown drills in the district and their negative impact on students. The drills, which are required by state law, often involve students hiding inside locked rooms, […]

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