SOMA Schools Assistant Superintendent Resigns


MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The school district’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Lydia Furnari, announced that she will be leaving after this school year to accept an offer to serve as Superintendent of the Franklin Lakes School District. 

“Dr. Furnari has consistently proven her creativity and dedication to meeting the varied needs of all learners since she joined us two years ago,” said Superintendent Brian Osborne.  “During her tenure here, she has brought a new level of collaboration and professionalism to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and has helped us move forward on key initiatives including the transition to the Common Core State Standards, implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in our middle schools, and developing new strategies for meeting the needs of gifted and talented students.  I know the SOMSD community joins me in thanking Dr. Furnari for helping to continue building momentum as we strive to fulfill our mission of preparing each and every student for post-secondary educational success. Please join me in wishing her well in her new role.”

Dr. Furnari will continue in her current role through June 30.

“I want to thank Dr. Osborne and the Board for their continued support. I cannot emphasize enough my deepest admiration and respect for the administrators, staff, students, families and communities of South Orange & Maplewood,” Dr. Furnari said.  “When I joined the school district two years ago, I knew this was a special place, and I continue to marvel at the level of professionalism and dedication of all stakeholders in ensuring that all of our children are well served. While I eagerly anticipate this next exciting stage in my educational journey, I will truly miss the wonderful people I have come to know, and hold in the highest regard.” 

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