SOMA Board of Ed, teachers union reach contract agreement

SOMA Board of Ed, teachers union reach contract agreement

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education reached an agreement in principle with the South Orange–Maplewood Education Association, the teachers union, early Friday morning, March 25, for a contract that runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024. “After 14 hours of negotiations, the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education […]

South Orange–Maplewood teachers union and school district unable to come to agreement, fact finder to be consulted

South Orange–Maplewood teachers union and school district unable to come to agreement, fact finder to be consulted

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District and South Orange–Maplewood Education Association’s negotiations on a new contract for the teachers union broke down and, after attending several mediation sessions since the beginning of January, the two groups will now be moving forward with a fact finder, who will propose a solution […]

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 […]