SOMSD Parenting Center speaker series

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Parenting Center, in conjunction with elementary school PTAs, will present a 2018-2019 speaker series as follows: Professor Edward Fergus will discuss “SOMSD 2020 – Intentional Integration and Innovation in Our Elementary Schools” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. […]

SOMA schools experience LUX Orchestra at SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Fourth-graders from the South Orange-Maplewood School District attended a performance of LUX Orchestra at South Orange Performing Arts Center as part of an arts education partnership developed between SOPAC’s Arts Education Division and SOMSD’s Fine Arts Department. With a clash of the cymbals and flash of light, LUX Orchestra dazzled the […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]