BOE outlines superintendent search process, feedback opportunities

BOE outlines superintendent search process, feedback opportunities

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In August 2018, South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education launched the search for South Orange-Maplewood School District’s next superintendent, and hired William Librera of West Hudson Associates as the superintendent search consultant to assist in the search process. According to a press release from the district, the board chose Librera […]

New families reception at CHS for those new to the district

New families reception at CHS for those new to the district

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — If you have a high school student new to the district, you are invited to a new families reception on Back to School Night, Thursday, Sept. 27, at 5:45 p.m. in the Columbia High School Cafeteria. The official BTSN program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium; seats will be reserved […]

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 […]

Morgan enthusiastic about upcoming work at CHS

Morgan enthusiastic about upcoming work at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A new principal will take over at Columbia High School when classes begin in September, after interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra announced the shuffling of several district administrators, including former CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron. After serving as the high school’s principal for the last four years, Aaron is now a principal […]

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 […]

District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Services held a community forum on Monday, July 30, at Columbia High School to address growing concerns about the new direction the department is taking. In addition to a new interim director, Laura Morana, the leadership of the Special Services team […]

SOMSD to hold forums on special education

SOMSD to hold forums on special education

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Education invites the public to take part in two upcoming forums on special education in the Columbia High School Auditorium, 17 Parker Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; one forum will be Monday, July 30, and the other Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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