COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

Two towns, entire state, close down everyday life to prevent spread of disease

COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The two towns are feeling the effects of COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus that was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. School districts, many businesses and other organizations have closed and moved to online learning for at least two weeks. As of March […]

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District Superintendent Ronald Taylor and Business Administrator Paul Roth gave an update about the district’s planned elementary school integration at a Feb. 19 meeting at Jefferson Elementary School. According to Taylor’s presentation, the administration will recommend a plan to the Board of Education by June and will be ready […]

Board of Education selects Zubieta

Zubieta will fill 2nd year of Farfan’s second term, 3rd year will go to vote

Board of Education selects Zubieta

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education filled its vacant seat on Feb. 10 at a special meeting, swearing in Kamal Zubieta as the newest member of the BOE. Zubieta will serve the second year of the term Javier Farfan won; Farfan resigned in January. Zubieta will be able to […]

SOMSD audit shows effective management

SOMSD audit shows effective management

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District heard an audit report of the 2018-2019 school year at its Jan. 27 meeting, learning that all financial operations during the year were working effectively. The report was presented by Robert Morrison of the accounting firm Hodulik & Morrison, who has been working in […]

SOMA celebrates women’s history

SOMA celebrates women’s history

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Women officials in Maplewood and South Orange, in partnership with the area business districts, have relaunched SOMAWomen.org, the official website of SOMA Celebrates Women’s History where the two towns can learn about upcoming events and businesses can post promotions and offerings. Normally, events take place throughout March to celebrate […]

SOMSD alters security drill policy to address community concerns

SOMSD alters security drill policy to address community concerns

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Dec. 4, Superintendent of Schools Ronald Taylor sent a letter to the South Orange-Maplewood School District community regarding changes to the district’s security drill policy. The letter is below: “Student and staff safety continues to be a top priority for our school district and practicing safety drills is […]

County clerk releases certified election results

County clerk releases certified election results

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin has released the certified the November election results for most of the county. The sole election in the county not certified as of press time was the Board of Education in Bloomfield, where a tie triggered a recount. According to the certified results, voter […]

District outlines teacher evaluation model

District outlines teacher evaluation model

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood School District Assistant Superintendent Gayle Carrick presented the updated model for teacher evaluations at the Nov. 18 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, explaining how the Danielson Framework for teaching, a teacher evaluation rubric, fits into the district’s teacher-observation plan. Carrick also told BOE members about the […]

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