School District Launches Survey for Next Director of Special Services

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With the announced retirement of Director of Special Services Ella Rideau, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has been working to replace Rideau by hiring a consultant to lead the search and reaching out to the community (for example, a special forum was held at Columbia High School on Nov. 3). 

Yesterday, the district announced further details of the process and debuted a community survey.

Read more below:

Dear South Orange & Maplewood School Community,

Dr. Leroy Nunery of Atlantic Research Partners is the consultant selected to lead our search for the new Director of Special Education. The following timeline has been developed to lead us to a recommendation to the Board of Education:

November 3     Community invitation to meet with Dr. Nunery at Columbia High School

November 22   Meeting with stakeholders (SEPAC, SPECIAL EDUCATION PTO, CST &  ADMINISTRATORS)

November 28   Launch Survey (open through December 9) and share Job Description: SOMSD Director of Special Services rev.pdf

December 12   Level I interviews (PARENTS, TEACHERS, CST, SOCIAL WORKER, ADMIN, SUPERVISOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION)

December 15   Level II interviews (SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM)

December 19   Recommendation to Board of Education

We are inviting the leadership of SEPAC and the SPECIAL EDUCATION PTO to each recruit a volunteer to sit on our Level I interview committee. The remaining Level I interview committee members will consist of the following: One SOMEA and ASCA representative (appointed by respective president), Special Education Teacher, Child Study Team Member, Social Worker and Supervisor of Special Education.

If you are a staff member interested in joining the Level I interview committee, please email me no later than Wednesday, November 30. The interview team will be formally invited no later than Monday, December 5.

In advance, thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Kevin L. Walston

Assistant Superintendent of Administration

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