The South Orange-Maplewood School district has invited the Seth Boyden School community to join members of the Board of Education the district administration on Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., to discuss a potential new guiding change document for the elementary school which was designated as a multi-intelligence curriculum demonstration school more than 15 years ago.
Community members will be asked to discuss these questions:
~ What do you love about Seth Boyden?
~ What is your ideal vision for Seth Boyden’s future?
Babysitting and light refreshments will be provided. The event takes place at Seth Boyden Schoohl at 274 Boyden Avenue in Maplewood.
At the December 2014 Board of Education meeting, District Business Administrator Cheryl Schneider noted, “We’re not seeing people asking for the demonstration program as they did 5 or 6 years ago.” (Parents throughout the district can choose to opt their children into Seth Boyden School or their zoned elementary school; families zoned for Seth Boyden can only opt for Seth Boyden.)
At that time, Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad reported that the Board’s Finance Facilities & Technology Committee had been discussing the issue and would be working on community engagement.
She said that the FFT Committee had already engaged the Seth Boyden community, including teachers. “I want to be very clear that these discussions are already happening and work is already underway. Work can be done immediately with longer term solutions in the following year.”