District gathers SOMA’s ideas, feedback

Two towns share thoughts at second education summit, discuss next steps in strategic action plan

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District held a second education summit at Columbia High School on Dec. 6 in order to garner feedback from parents, teachers and students as to how the deliverables of its proposed action plan should be prioritized if the Board of Education votes to approve the […]

School district unveils strategic action plan

Board applauds work put into developing action plan

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The majority of the Nov. 21 special meeting of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education was spent presenting the district’s new strategic action plan. The plan was formed by nine committees — each focused on one strategy — that met for approximately nine months to flesh out the actions […]

Amid bullying scandal, district hires new baseball coach

Boosters president criticizes baseball coach-hiring process

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of James Whalen as the new head baseball coach for Columbia High School during its Nov. 16 meeting, putting an end to months of speculation that coach Joe Fischetti would not be rehired amid allegations he and his coaching […]

BOE almost doesn’t allow ‘public speaks’

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Nov. 21 special meeting of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education introduced its new strategic action plan, but the matter of “public speaks,” the public feedback portion included in many local BOE meetings, dominated discussions after the meeting. The meeting’s agenda did not have time set aside for […]

‘Screenagers,’ the conversation continues

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The impact of constant exposure to digital screens on developing minds and how to combat this will be the topic of a discussion on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the South Orange Public Library meeting room, 65 Scotland Road in South Orange. This event will be facilitated by SOMA […]

Superintendent salary cap may change, SOMA wants it gone

NJDOE proposes changes to increase superintendent salary cap, but districts want the cap gone

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education on Nov. 16 released proposed revisions to a portion of the state’s Accountability Regulations, including changes to the superintendent salary cap provisions. The proposal would adjust salary maximums and make other changes to the cap process. Going into effect in 2011, the cap […]

Joshi to present on racial identity in children

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Parenting Center and the Elementary PTAs invite you to a presentation by Khyati Y. Joshi, “Understanding Your Child’s Racial Identity,” on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at South Mountain School, 44 W. South Orange Ave. in South Orange. Joshi, a professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, will discuss […]

Choose the right preschool

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — One of the most important decisions parents can make for their young children is selecting a high-quality preschool program. On Monday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Schools Committee of the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will sponsor a preschool open house at the cafeteria at Columbia High School, […]

SOMSD students experience NYU music program

NEW YORK CITY — On Sunday, Oct. 2, students from the South Orange-Maplewood School District participated in a series of masterclasses, lectures and performances at New York University’s Steinhardt. Students from Maplewood Middle School, South Orange Middle School and Columbia High School attended the NYU woodwind department’s “A Day in the Life,” an event which […]

Candidates tackle equity, teacher support

Five candidates vying for three open seats on the SOMA Board of Education debate the issues

Candidates tackle equity, teacher support

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Though the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s access and equity policy has been in effect for only about one month, the five candidates running for the three open seats on the Board of Education had a lot to say about its implementation during the Hilton Neighborhood Association’s Oct. 20 forum at DeHart Community […]

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