Parent Teacher Organization 
 The Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SPED-PTO) is made up of parent volunteers. We welcome new volunteers at any time. Special education parents are welcome to contact any of us:

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Barry Berg
Leon Morton
Tendai Ndoro
Sonya Selig  
Sheila Oliver          


Our Mission

The South Orange Maplewood Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SPED-PTO) works to make a difference in the lives of all children with special needs. Our goal is to promote the welfare of the special education student by providing parents with the tools and information they need to work collaboratively with the school district and to be more effective advocates for their children. Each year, the SPED-PTO holds several meetings to help parents network with other parents, share information about Special Education issues and educational concerns, and understand changing special education laws. We support the on-going professional development of district staff regarding special education and encourage the inclusion of children with disabilities in our communities. We seek and welcome the active involvement of all parents of children receiving special education services in South Orange-Maplewood. 


The South Orange Maplewood Board of Education
Invites You To Attend A
SEPAC/Special Education PTO
Focus Group Session on
Selection of the Superintendent
Thursday, July 10, 2014
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
District Meeting Room, 525Academy Street, Maplewood
RSVP by Thursday, July 3 to Elizabeth Brinkerhoff or (973) 762-5600-1820
At this session, you will meet with Dr. Leroy Nunery of Hazard, Young & Attea, the search firm hired to find a new Superintendent.  Dr. Nunery is gathering stakeholder input in order to :  1) inform the Leadership profile (job description), and 2) identify prospective Superintendent candidates.
For those unable to attend, please provide input for the Superintendent search using the online survey on the homepage of the District website www.somsd.k12.nj us.  Updates on the Superintendent search will also be posted on the District website homepage.
Please consider the following questions in preparation for this discussion:
What are the strengths of the South Orange-Maplewood School District?
What are the challenges and issues that the District faces now and in the future?
What are the characteristics you think are necessary for the next Superintendent?
We invite you to join us at our meetings which are held at the Board of Education Office, 525 Academy St., Maplewood, NJ
District Meeting Room 2nd Floor on:

(Meeting dates for the 2014-2015 school year are subject to confirmation and will be posted shortly)


Additional meetings may be scheduled to accommodate parent interest and concerns.


Please sign up for email communication from the SPED-PTO with
and join us on facebook at
South Orange/Maplewood Sp. Ed. PTO




NOTICE: The School District of South Orange and Maplewood does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectual or sexual orientation or sex, gender identity and expression, socio or economic status, or disability in its programs and activities. For further information, call the Office of Civil Rights at (800) 421-3481.