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New South Orange-Maplewood Schools Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor Is On the Job

Dr Ronald Taylor

The age of interims is coming to a close.

After years of administrative churn and something of a clearing-of-the-decks by interim superintendent Dr. Thomas Ficarra, the South Orange-Maplewood School District is looking forward to some long-term stability under the direction of new Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ronald Taylor.

Appointed by the Board of Education in April, Taylor comes to South Orange-Maplewood with a history of moving a diverse district toward equity and shepherding large construction projects — important experience considering the fact that SOMSD is embarking on a $160M Long Range Facilities Plan and Intentional Integration program.

Taylor officially started on July 8. Village Green met with him briefly on July 10; Taylor told Village Green that he was working hard to familiarize himself with all aspects of the district as well as preparing the district for the opening of the 2019-2020 school year in September. [Editor’s note: Dr. Taylor will NOT be present for the July 15 BOE meeting as was previously reported by Village Green. Dr. Taylor is away for a pre-planned family obligation. We regret the error.]

Taylor sent the following statement as a followup:

“I am honored to begin my post as Superintendent of Schools for the School District of South Orange and Maplewood. On July 8, 2019, I officially began my appointment as the Chief School Administrator. My first few days have been a whirlwind of excitement…meeting constituents, discussing pressing matters and introducing myself to members of the South Orange-Maplewood family! I would like to thank Board President Annemarie Maini and the Board of Education for their rigorous vetting process. Prior to beginning my appointment, I was able to attend multiple introduction sessions with stakeholder groups. These sessions were authentic and very meaningful, as I work to gain true context regarding the state of our District. I look forward to continuing these dialogues (through several platforms), with a goal of ‘learning and assessing’ our district’s efficiency and effectiveness…all while working to ensure that we are the school district that our students, families and community deserve.”

For more about Dr. Taylor, read Bruno J. Navarro’s report on a meet-and-greet the district held for Dr. Taylor and the community in April here.

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