The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education has announced that it will be appointing its new Superintendent of Schools this Thursday, April 11.
The appointment will come at a special meeting of the Board of Education. Per a notice sent to media today, “The Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, N.J. to appoint a Superintendent of Schools. Action will be taken.”
The identity of the new superintendent will not be revealed until the meeting. A district spokeswoman noted that this is a standard — though not universally adopted — procedure as candidates often hold existing jobs and their participation in a job search can jeopardize their employment.
The district also sent out a notification to families in the district early Tuesday evening that read:
Dear SOMSD Community,
The Board of Education plans to approve the appointment of a new Superintendent in a Special Meeting of the Board, which is scheduled to take place:
Thursday April 11, 2019, at 7:30pm
District Meeting Room
525 Academy Street, Maplewood
The meeting will also be livestreamed via the District’s website, and broadcast on SOMATV channels.
All are welcome and invited to attend, and to join us in welcoming our new Superintendent.
~ South Orange Maplewood School District
Even before the district sent out this notice, Village Green received a press release from Walter Fields of Black Parents Workshop, decrying the process.
“While Board members are acting within their statutory authority when hiring a Superintendent, the community has a right to expect that the Board will do so in the most transparent manner,” wrote Fields. “Given the tenures of the last two permanent superintendents, we are concerned about the vetting process during the current search.”