The South Orange & Maplewood School District, ELA Department are happy to announce that reading book distribution to support District students reading at home especially during the summer months is continuing. The books support both fiction and nonfiction reading at the heart of all disciplines across all grade levels. Students and/or parents are invited to come to any of the District schools below during the allotted timeframe to pick up book selections (which are free).
Families/students can pick up books from any school district site. Book pick-up is occurring weekdays, M-F through July 30. Please be sure to note the grade levels that each site provides books for.
School Locations / Times:
- CHS: Room B203 | Time: 8:15-noon | Grades 9-12
- South Mountain & the Annex: Location: Cafeteria | Time: 8:30-noon | Grades: K-5
- MMS: Location: Main Door | Time: 8:30-noon | Grades: K-8
- Marshall: Location: Main door | Time: 8:30-noon | Grades: K-5
- Montrose: Location: Main door | Time: 8:30-noon | Grades: K-2
- SOMS: Location: Foyer | Time: 12pm – 6pm) | Grades: K-12
South Orange & Maplewood School District
Office: (973)762-5600, ext. 1834
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Five Candidates Submit Materials to Fill SOMSD Board of Education Vacancy Seat
July 12, 2021 – The South Orange & Maplewood School District’s Board of Education will meet in a Special Public Meeting tonight, Monday, July 12, 2021, at 6:30 pm to interview five candidates and appoint a member to fill the vacant Board position that was left open due to the resignation of a board member in late May 2021.
Five community members submitted materials which included a letter of interest, resume and other supporting documents, by the July 7 deadline, to be considered for appointment. The five candidates are:
• Anthony Mazzocchi
• Chris Sabin
• Qawi Telesford
• Arun Vadlamani
• Kaitlin Wittleder
All applicants will be provided the opportunity to make a five-minute statement that elaborates on the letter and resume; reasons for wanting to serve, qualifications, and areas of priority. The Board will follow up with any questions. After all statements and questions are concluded, the Board will adjourn to executive session to deliberate. After returning from executive session, the Board will make nominations to fill the position and then vote to appoint one of the candidates. The candidate with a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board will immediately take the oath of office and be seated. The process for filling a vacancy differs from a typical school board election. The person appointed by the Board will become a full member of the Board and serve in that position until the next reorganization meeting in January 2022.
Tonight’s meeting will be hybrid and take place in person in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ, as well as using the online video conference platform, which will include hearing of individuals and delegations, to interview candidates for the vacant Board member position. If there are members of the community who would like to attend the meeting in person, please note that masks and social distancing are recommended in accordance with the guidance received from the local DOH.
Information including the agenda and ways to join tonight’s BOE meeting can be found at: bitly/SOMSDBOEMtg
Hello South Orange and Maplewood Community,
The purpose of this communique is to inform you that after many conversations and assessments of the current security infrastructure at the Underhill facility with our Township Officials, Police Chief DeVaul, Board President Joshua and Principal Sanchez, we are moving forward with security upgrades for the facility.
As is the case with security updates, we cannot be specific about the steps that we are taking as they could potentially make us vulnerable. To allow for the completion of this project we will only authorize the use of Underhill for our student-athletes while under the supervision of our Coaches; these scheduled student sporting activities will occur beginning on July 12th. Members of the public will not be allowed to utilize Underhill until the upgrade project is completed.
When our student-athletes are not using Underhill, it will remain secured. We do understand the inconvenience this may cause for some community members who regularly use our track or field for recreational purposes, but we believe this is a necessary step as we move forward with the project.
We again thank Maplewood Mayor McGehee and South Orange Village President, Sheena Collum as well as all who have supported us as thought partners as we have worked to strategically move forward in the best interest of our students, District and community.
Dr. Ronald G. Taylor