Collum, DDF vie to be president

With less than a week until the election, candidates discuss their visions

Collum, DDF vie to be president

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Residents will vote Tuesday, May 14, for one of two candidates to be village president, choosing between incumbent Sheena Collum and current South Orange Trustee Deborah Davis Ford. Collum is running for her second term as village president, and Davis Ford has served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years. […]

9 candidates seek 3 open seats on BOT

BOT candidates discuss taxes, fire department and more

9 candidates seek 3 open seats on BOT

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Residents will vote for three new members of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 14, choosing from nine candidates. The candidates are running on three slates: “SO Forward” with Matt Wonski, Stacey Trimble Borden and Ed Grossi; “Your Voice, Our Village” with Bob Zuckerman, Donna Coallier and Summer Jones; and […]

Village taxes to go up by 1.99 percent

Village taxes to go up by 1.99 percent

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At its March 11 meeting, the South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to introduce the 2019 municipal budget, which will increase municipal taxes by just under 2 percent. According to village Administrator Adam Loehner, the 2019 South Orange budget totals $37,751,319.87 and will have an overall municipal tax […]

School district introduces preliminary 2019-20 budget

School district introduces preliminary 2019-20 budget

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Board of Education heard a presentation on the preliminary 2019-2020 budget at its Feb. 25 meeting, getting details from the administration on the district’s $141,598,027 preliminary budget for the next school year. According to the presentation, 78 percent of the total will be dedicated to instruction, 10 percent […]

District unveils plan for buildings, grades

In addition to renovating and upgrading facilities, SOMSD hopes to redistribute 5th through 8th

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

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 […]

BOT unveils $37M budget

South Orange may raise taxes by 1.9 percent

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Getting an earlier start this year than in previous years, the South Orange Board of Trustees introduced the 2018 municipal budget at its March 26 meeting. With a vote of 6-0, the BOT approved the introduction of the budget, which comes in at $37,142,670.57 — $1,236,298.08 more than the 2017 municipal […]

SOMSD preliminary budget tax impact is 2.3 percent

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s preliminary budget for the 2018-2019 school year at its March 26 meeting. The approved preliminary budget comes in at $137,352,722, or slightly less than the budget of $137,374,530 originally presented at the board’s Feb. 20 meeting. The budget had […]

Murphy’s proposed budget puts aside more money for schools

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s first proposed budget increases state “formula” aid that goes directly to school districts by $283.6 million, the initial step toward fulfilling the state’s school-funding obligation, according to a March 15 press release from the NJ Department of Education. The budget also increases aid for expanded preschool, STEM programs and […]

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