Teachers union and district reach impasse in contract negotiations in South Orange–Maplewood

Teachers union and district reach impasse in contract negotiations in South Orange–Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Education Association, the district’s teacher’s union, has reached an impasse in its negotiations for a new contract with the school district and Board of Education, and all involved parties will be meeting with mediators at the beginning of the year. The union has been working under […]

SOMSD offers COVID-19 testing

SOMSD offers COVID-19 testing

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District has partnered with MediMobile to offer an additional COVID-19 testing site every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Board of Education building, in the district meeting room, 525 Academy St. in Maplewood.  Testing continues every Saturday at Columbia High School, in the […]

South Orange–Maplewood schools observe Week of Respect

South Orange–Maplewood schools observe Week of Respect

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year be designated as the Week of Respect and School Violence Awareness Week in New Jersey. To recognize the importance of social and emotional learning and character education, school districts, […]

SOMSD under fire regarding allegations that teacher forcibly removed hijab from second-grader

SOMSD under fire regarding allegations that teacher forcibly removed hijab from second-grader

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District is investigating a discrimination allegation at Seth Boyden Elementary School, in which a second-grade teacher allegedly forcibly removed a hijab from a student’s head. The incident first gained publicity in a Facebook post written by Ibtihaj Muhammad, a former Olympic fencer and SOMSD graduate. In a statement […]

Parents are up in arms about quarantine rules in South Orange–Maplewood School District

Parents are up in arms about quarantine rules in South Orange–Maplewood School District

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Parents in the South Orange–Maplewood School District asked the Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 20, to decrease the 14-day quarantine requirement for students who have been exposed to COVID-19, asking the district to prioritize in-person learning by whatever means necessary. Before the meeting, the district […]

SOMSD partners with MediMobile to effer weekly COVID-19 testing

SOMSD partners with MediMobile to effer weekly COVID-19 testing

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District, through a partnership with MediMobile, will be offering weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing at Columbia High School’s gymnasium parking lot on Valley Street. Testing is open to all district staff and students, the SOMA community, and any Essex County resident. We encourage staff, students and […]

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 […]

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