The South Orange-Maplewood School District is in the process of a “two-pronged” initiative to “address health and safety issues and expand capacity to meet growing enrollment” as well as integrate schools.
The first prong — the approximately $140-million Long Range Facilities Plan — was approved by the Board of Education last fall. The Board of School Estimate has indicated that it will approve the bonding for the project this spring.
The second prong —the Intentional Integration and Innovation Initiative — is still in development and is being spearheaded by former Columbia High School Principal Elizabeth Aaron and Dr. Edward Fergus of Temple University. Aaron and Fergus led a presentation on October 25, 2018 at Seth Boyden introducing and outlining the scope of the initiative to the public. (See the video here. See the powerpoint presentation below.)
As part of the process, SOMSD, through the Parenting Center, is seeking parents and guardians from each of the district’s six elementary schools