Ongoing lead testing flags high levels in S. Mtn. water fountain

Ongoing lead testing flags high levels in S. Mtn. water fountain

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On July 19, the South Orange-Maplewood School District sent a letter to the community revealing that recent lead tests conducted in district schools showed a high level above the statutory limit at one water fountain in South Mountain Elementary School. “As part of the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s commitment to safety, […]

Grammar school students ‘Speak Out’ at library event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Saturday, Feb. 9, Maplewood Memorial Library hosted the fourth annual “Kids Speak Out,” an event held during Black History Month that showcases the work of South Orange-Maplewood School District elementary school students. This event encourages students to express themselves through spoken word, poetry and art to celebrate Black History Month. Poetry […]

Towns’ health depts. take close look at school bathrooms

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood Health Department recently completed an inspection of the Columbia High School bathrooms after Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, who is chairman of the Board of Health, requested at a Nov. 7 Township Committee meeting that an inspection be conducted. In addition, the South Orange Health Department inspected the […]

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. […]

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 […]

District unveils plan for buildings, grades

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra unveiled the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s long-range facilities and integration plan at the Board of Education’s May 14 meeting. In his presentation, Ficarra introduced a plan to renovate and upgrade the district’s school buildings while better integrating the schools by redrawing district lines. The plan […]

Meetings on facilities and integration plan in SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold several community meetings to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan. Each meeting will include the same presentation. Meetings will be held: Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood; Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 […]

School water retests show 1 issue at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In a May 13 update, the South Orange-Maplewood School District reported that it received the results from an April test of 21 plumbing fixtures in the district; only one unit had an unacceptable level of lead and failed the retest. The district retested the 21 fixtures, which had been offline during the […]

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