SOMA BOE president releases statement on new contract for superintendent

SOMA BOE president releases statement on new contract for superintendent

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education President Thair Joshua released a statement regarding the new contract for Superintendent of Schools Ronald G. Taylor on Aug. 27, in which he details the board’s new agreement with Taylor. “When Dr. Taylor came to our district with previous experience as a superintendent leading […]

South Orange–Maplewood School District plans to rename Jefferson School

South Orange–Maplewood School District plans to rename Jefferson School

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education voted unanimously on Aug. 16 to adopt a resolution affirming the district’s commitment to renaming Jefferson Elementary School. Joining a growing list of school districts across the nation that are choosing to drop Thomas Jefferson as a namesake for their schools, the South […]

South Orange–Maplewood BOE attends second retreat to address operational dysfunction

South Orange–Maplewood BOE attends second retreat to address operational dysfunction

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education has held two board retreats in the last three weeks in an effort to find its footing after a tumultuous spring and summer that began with the resignation of member Kamaljit Kaur Zubieta in May because of what she called “cliquish behavior” on […]

South Orange–Maplewood BOE holds Donaldson meeting for CHS choir teacher

South Orange–Maplewood BOE holds Donaldson meeting for CHS choir teacher

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After his contract was not renewed at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, former Columbia High School choir director Desmond Moulton requested a Donaldson hearing, which allows nontenured teachers to make their case before the Board of Education. The South Orange–Maplewood BOE did not take action at the […]

SOMSD to implement security upgrades at Underhill in Maplewood

SOMSD to implement security upgrades at Underhill in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood Superintendent of Schools Ronald G. Taylor announced July 7 that — after many conversations and assessments of the current security infrastructure at the Underhill facility with our Maplewood Township officials, Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul, Board of Education President Thair Joshua and Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez — the […]

Flying the Pride flag in South Orange

Flying the Pride flag in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — To celebrate June at Pride Month, South Orange and Maplewood residents gathered on South Orange Avenue in the village to raise the Pride flag. Attendees included residents and officials from both towns. Among the speakers were SOMA Board of Education 1st Vice President Shannon Cuttle, the first non-binary/transgender Board of Education […]

SOMA PRIDE is back with a month full of events

SOMA PRIDE is back with a month full of events

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA PRIDE 2021 is a time for South Orange and Maplewood residents to come together as one in celebration of all LGBTQ-plus identities and allies collectively united. The monthlong schedule of events will shine a light on LGBTQ-plus issues with books, films, discussions, performances, picnics and parties, and recognize […]

SOMA BOE approves creation of task force to address sexual assault

SOMA BOE approves creation of task force to address sexual assault

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education approved creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault and violence at its May 17 meeting, following students speaking out about their own experiences at the April 19 meeting. The resolution allows Superintendent Ronald Taylor or a designee to appoint stakeholders […]

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