SOMA School District to Host Forums on Superintendent Search


MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The SOMA school district has announced a series of Open Forums to discuss the search for a new superintendent. 

“Parents, students, district staff, community members and related stakeholders are invited to attend a Focus Group session with the firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, to solicit feedback and input concerning the qualifications for the next superintendent for our district,” read the invitation sent out by the district.  “Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to attend the focus group session pertaining to their needs since the discussion will be specific to each group. “

Open Forums:

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Tuesday, September 9, from 7 - 8 p.m. at Columbia High School Library 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood.

A Second Open Forum will also be held, but the date is yet to be determined.  These evening meetings are open to the community.

Specific Group Forums

District Office—District Meeting Room 525 Academy Street, Maplewood.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Faith Leaders:  9 — 9: 45 a.m.

Elementary School Parents: 10 —10:45 a.m.

Secondary School Parents: 11 —11:45 a.m.

SOMA Parents of Students of African Descent: noon— 12:45 p.m.

Parents of Students with Special Needs: 1 – 1:45 p.m.

Achieve: 2 —2:45 p.m.

Community Coalition on Race: 3 — 3:45 p.m.

SOMEA Members: DATE and Time TBD

CHS Students: DATE and Time TBD

The district asks that you “give keen attention to and be prepared to discuss” the following questions:

  •  What are the strengths of the South Orange-Maplewood School District?
  •  What are the challenges and issues that the District faces now and in the future?
  •  What are the characteristics you think are necessary for the next Superintendent?

An online survey is also available, which the district will use to assist in the process of determining the  characteristics residents deem to be most important in a superintendent. The survey will be open for collection through the end of September at:

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