District offers alternate redistricting plan for consideration

District offers alternate redistricting plan for consideration

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra updated the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education on the long-range facilities and integration plan at its Oct. 15 meeting, presenting the plan for facilities renovations, additions and redistricting after talking to parents and community members during the summer months. The $93.1 million plan for capital […]

Maini, Cuttle, Farfan win seats on the BOE

Maini, Cuttle, Farfan win seats on the BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In an intense election that saw eight candidates running, the voters decided Nov. 6 to re-elect Annemarie Maini, and elect Shannon Cuttle and Javier Farfan to the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. Cuttle was the top vote-getter, with Maini, who ran a joint campaign with Farfan, a close second. […]

Integration and innovation in SOMSD schools

Integration and innovation in SOMSD schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood School District will screen “Beyond Measure,” a film of inspiring stories of innovation in education, as part of its discussion of intentional integration and innovation in the elementary schools. This event will be Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Clinton Elementary School, 27 Berkshire Road in Maplewood. The screening […]

Eight try to snag three open SOMA BOE seats

Eight try to snag three open SOMA BOE seats

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Eight candidates are running in the Nov. 6 election for the three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. Running are incumbent Annemarie Maini and challengers Narda Chisholm-Greene, Marian Cutler, Shannon Cuttle, Javier Farfan, Michael Laskowski, Bruno Navarro and Christopher Trzaska. Each candidate shared their ideas for […]

SOMSD holds ‘Code Red’ drills at SOMS, Clinton

SOMSD holds ‘Code Red’ drills at SOMS, Clinton

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The school district sent out the following message at 12:30 p.m. today, Nov. 2: “As you know, we conduct state-mandated emergency drills — both a fire drill and a security drill — every month, so that students and staff know what to do to protect themselves in various situations. […]

Cali School gets grant to continue partnering with SOMSD

Cali School gets grant to continue partnering with SOMSD

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music’s Arts Institute Partnership Grant was renewed for a second year. The grant is designed to provide music lesson services to South Orange-Maplewood School District music students. Last year, South Orange-Maplewood School District’s fine arts department and Montclair State University embarked on one […]

Arrest made in Maplewood sexual assault

Arrest made in Maplewood sexual assault

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul announced Oct. 21 that authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the sexual assault and home invasion that occurred in Maplewood on Tuesday, Oct. 16. After an extensive investigation, detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and […]

Cooperman honored with prestigious Max Sobel Award

Cooperman honored with prestigious Max Sobel Award

MILLBURN, NJ — The Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey has chosen Neil D. Cooperman as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Max Sobel Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in mathematics education. Cooperman is currently a mathematics teacher and department chair at Millburn High School; formerly, Cooperman, a graduate of Columbia High School, […]

Eight BOE candidates discuss special ed, redistricting

Candidates agree spec. ed. families need more services

Eight BOE candidates discuss special ed, redistricting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The League of Women Voters of Maplewood and South Orange and the Presidents’ Council hosted a debate for Board of Education candidates at the South Orange-Maplewood School District administration building on Oct. 10, in which all eight remaining candidates discussed the issues facing the district ahead of Election Day, Nov. 6. Running […]

BOE candidates debate issues in district

Six challengers for Board of Ed seats discuss redistricting, aging facilities, superintendent search

BOE candidates debate issues in district

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Six of the nine remaining candidates running for the three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education squared off in a debate at Maplewood Memorial Library in an event hosted by South Orange-Maplewood Cares About Schools on Oct. 3. Running are: incumbent Annemarie Maini, and challengers Narda Chisholm-Greene, Michael Laskowski, […]

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