Fischetti fired from Newark Academy for alleged CHS actions

Fischetti fired from Newark Academy for alleged CHS actions

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In the wake of South Orange-Maplewood School District suspending Columbia High School Athletic Director Larry Busichio, Newark Academy has fired its head baseball coach, Joe Fischetti, who was the CHS head baseball coach until 2017. Fischetti, among other CHS baseball coaching staff members, were not rehired as coaches for the spring 2017 […]

SOMA Board of Ed suspends Busichio

Busichio suspended for alleged ‘highly disturbing’ management of baseball team

SOMA Board of Ed suspends Busichio

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood School District confirmed Aug. 27 that Columbia High School’s athletic director has been suspended indefinitely with pay. At its Monday, Aug. 20, meeting, the Board of Education voted to suspend five staffers — none of whom were named in the meeting’s agenda. According to the district in its Aug. 27 […]

BOE selects West Hudson Associates to lead search for new superintendent

BOE selects West Hudson Associates to lead search for new superintendent

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its meeting on Monday, Aug. 20, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education voted to appoint West Hudson Associates, a leading educational executive search firm, to lead the search for the school district’s next superintendent. West Hudson Associates was selected after two rounds of Requests for Proposals to identify the best partner […]

Silver looks forward to effecting change on Board of Ed

Silver looks forward to effecting change on Board of Ed

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hannah Silver, 17, a rising senior at Columbia High School and the newly-elected student representative to the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, was skeptical about running for the position. It wasn’t until a close friend brought her the application and encouraged her to run that she changed her mind. “I initially wasn’t […]

11 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

Only one incumbent files to run for re-elections; Pai and Sabin opt to leave Board of Education

11 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This election season in the South Orange-Maplewood School District is looking to be exciting and heated, with 11 candidates — and only one incumbent — running for three open seats on the Board of Education. On Nov. 6, the two towns’ residents must select three of the following candidates […]

Residents angry over Aaron’s reassignment

Board of Ed meeting overflows with frustrated community members questioning personnel changes

Residents angry over Aaron’s reassignment

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Frustration and anger abounded as concerned community members demanded answers on the reassignment of key administrative positions within the school district, specifically Columbia High School Principal Elizabeth Aaron, at the July 16 Board of Education meeting. In a June 30 letter, interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra announced that the South Orange-Maplewood […]

CHS says ‘bon voyage’ to Class of 2018

Columbia HS confers diplomas on 508 graduating seniors at June 21 commencement ceremony

CHS says ‘bon voyage’ to Class of 2018

NEWARK, NJ — The gymnasium at Essex County College in Newark was filled with anticipatory energy and bursting pride on Thursday, June 21, as the 508 members of the Columbia High School Class of 2018 were conferred their diplomas. The graduating seniors were joined by family and friends, who watched as they walked across the […]

District looks into credit recovery at CHS

District looks into credit recovery at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a June 13 town hall meeting to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan, Acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra confirmed that his administration is currently looking into the credit-recovery program at Columbia High School. According to a May 23 letter sent by the CHS administration to the school community, credit […]

Board of Ed re-issues RFP for superintendent search firm

Board of Ed re-issues RFP for superintendent search firm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously agreed at a May 29 special meeting to begin anew the process to select a search firm for a new superintendent of schools. South Orange-Maplewood School District Business Administrator and BOE Secretary Paul Roth has thus issued a revised Request For Proposals for a superintendent […]

District bids farewell to retiring teachers

Retiring teachers thanked for years of service to SOMA

District bids farewell to retiring teachers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the June 4 Board of Education meeting, the South Orange-Maplewood School District honored the school system personnel who are retiring at the end of the school year, after dedicating themselves to making the SOMSD a better place for all students. BOE President Elizabeth Baker welcomed the retirees, their families and community […]

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