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.

Residents angry over Aaron’s reassignment

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Frustration and anger abounded as concerned community members demanded answers on the reassignment of key administrative positions within the school district, specifically Columbia High School Principal Elizabeth Aaron, at the July 16 Board of Education meeting. In a June 30 letter, interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra announced that the South Orange-Maplewood […]

School district shuffles administrators for 2018-2019 school year

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On June 30, acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra sent a letter to staff telling them that there would be a few changes in the South Orange-Maplewood School District administration for the coming school year. “We believe these changes will strengthen our efforts to improve SOMSD’s operations, foster student-centered […]

CHS says ‘bon voyage’ to Class of 2018

NEWARK, NJ — The gymnasium at Essex County College in Newark was filled with anticipatory energy and bursting pride on Thursday, June 21, as the 508 members of the Columbia High School Class of 2018 were conferred their diplomas. The graduating seniors were joined by family and friends, who watched as they walked across the […]

Former Jefferson employee faces charges for lewd acts

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional, who worked at the school from February to September 2017, is currently facing criminal charges in Essex and Morris counties for alleged lewd acts. Kenneth Palmer, 21, of Randolph, is accused of masturbating in front of children and videotaping it, as well as taking inappropriate photos of […]

District looks into credit recovery at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a June 13 town hall meeting to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan, Acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra confirmed that his administration is currently looking into the credit-recovery program at Columbia High School. According to a May 23 letter sent by the CHS administration to the school community, credit […]

Achieve Foundation celebrates 20 years of excellence

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Achieve Foundation hosted a nostalgic celebration highlighting 20 years of resounding success with the Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program and also the retirement of founding Executive Director Deborah Prinz at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange on June 5. The event, “Wine Tasting and Conversation,” featuring Hank Zona of The […]

CHSSF continues to support grads seeking higher ed

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School alumni and students gathered in the school’s library for the annual Columbia High School Scholarship Fund reception June 7, to meet the donors who provided the funds for their scholarships and share their continuing education plans. The 95-year-old nonprofit organization has given away more than $1.3 million in scholarships […]

Board of Ed re-issues RFP for superintendent search firm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously agreed at a May 29 special meeting to begin anew the process to select a search firm for a new superintendent of schools. South Orange-Maplewood School District Business Administrator and BOE Secretary Paul Roth has thus issued a revised Request For Proposals for a superintendent […]

District bids farewell to retiring teachers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the June 4 Board of Education meeting, the South Orange-Maplewood School District honored the school system personnel who are retiring at the end of the school year, after dedicating themselves to making the SOMSD a better place for all students. BOE President Elizabeth Baker welcomed the retirees, their families and community […]

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