SOMSD staff attends summer arts conference

SOMSD staff attends summer arts conference

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This summer, South Orange-Maplewood School District supervisor of fine arts James Manno and Marshall School Principal Bonita Samuels, along with a team of Marshall teachers, visual art teacher Jessica Fong and kindergarten teachers Laura Wood, Deborah Kalpus and Julie Matthew, participated in the Educational Leaders as Scholars three-day conference […]

Fischetti and Becht sue district, BOE

Former CHS baseball coaches fire back after being let go

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The saga of alleged incidents of bullying on the baseball team at Columbia High School continues. Former CHS baseball coach Joe Fischetti and former assistant coach Matt Becht have filed a lawsuit against the school district for violating their civil rights, defamation, malicious prosecution and more, all stemming from […]

Lead test results show large variances

Despite reassuring results in retest, school district will still replace all initially affected water sources

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District had announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in drinking water, news that upset parents […]

SOPD once again holds its Junior Police Academy

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Police Department Youth Aid Division will again hold its Junior Police Academy. The academy is open to all South Orange residents, as well any South Orange-Maplewood School District student, between the ages of 10 and 13. The Junior Police Academy is designed to show students the training and […]

Columbia graduates Class of 2017

District personnel says bon voyage to 433 CHS graduates at June 22 commencement ceremony

Columbia graduates Class of 2017

NEWARK, NJ — The air in the Essex County College Athletic Center in Newark on June 22 was filled with excitement, nervousness, joy, relief and more as Columbia High School graduated the Class of 2017. In many of the commencement speeches, the 433 graduates were encouraged to move forward and do great things, whether they […]

BOT introduces $3.5M budget, votes down banked cap

Village stays under 2-percent tax cap for 7th straight year

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees introduced the village’s proposed 2017 budget at a June 12 meeting. The 2017 budget comes in at $35,588,094.13. The board voted unanimously, 6-0 to introduce this budget, which maintains current levels of service and budgets for agreed union contracts, village administrator Barry Lewis Jr. said […]

District explores next step in lead dilemma

District officials, experts discuss risks of lead ingestion, plans to remediate issue, communication

District explores next step in lead dilemma

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead in drinking water, news that upset […]

Donate books to your local school

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District, the Parenting Center and the Elementary School PTAs are partnering to expand elementary school and classroom libraries so that they reflect the rich diversity and backgrounds of the community. To view a wish list of needed books and purchase them, visit http://store.wordsbookstore.com/somsd-elementary-school-wish-list or https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/24Q0RP07AY0XU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_t40hzbZ7CJ3DP. […]

BOE approves new executive director of special services, youth development

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On June 15, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education approved the appointment of Lauren Reisenauer as executive director of Special Services & Youth Development, effective July 1. “Dr. Reisenauer’s work as a district leader in special education and staff development, her background in school scheduling, and her strengths in […]

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