SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Elizabeth Baker, President of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) Board of Education, sent the following email to the SOMSD community on Monday night at about 9 p.m. in follow-up to an earlier email from SOMSD Superintendent John Ramos about nine water samples in school facilities testing positive for lead at an elevated level (read the email from Ramos here).

Dear SOMSD Community,

We understand families' concerns about their children's well-being. The Board is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of students and staff and to sharing information as we receive it. Please know that the Board of Education and the District are taking this situation extremely seriously and moving with urgency to make better sense of the lead testing results and quickly determine next steps. Today, Dr. Ramos spoke with members of the Township health departments and consulted with the District's Physician. Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., a committee of Board of Education members and members of Administration are meeting with Township leaders and health officials to determine the best course of action. Among the next steps being considered are lead testing and other measures.   

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We will be back in touch with the community as early as possible on Tuesday morning to lay out next steps.

Elizabeth Baker


South Orange Maplewood Board of Education

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