MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood School District has released the names of the three candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Education to fill the District’s vacant Board seat.  While four candidates initially submitted letters of interest and resumes by the February 5, 2020 deadline; as per NJSA statute 18A:12-1, only three were qualified to move forward in the interview process.

The final candidates for the vacancy position are:

  • Sharon Tanenbaum Kraus of South Orange, who ran for the board last fall and lost
  • Kamal Zubieta of Maplewood
  • Susan Lewis Bergin of Maplewood

Interviews with candidates for the board vacancy will be conducted in public today, Monday, February 10, 2020 beginning at 7 p.m. in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood. All applicants will be provided the opportunity to make a brief five-minute statement that elaborates on the letter and resume, reasons for wanting to serve, qualifications, and areas of priority. The board will follow-up with any questions.

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After all statements and questions are concluded, the board will adjourn to executive session to deliberate. After returning from executive session, the board will make nominations to fill the position and then vote to appoint one of the candidates. The candidate with a majority of the members of the Board present will immediately take the oath of office and be seated


For more information on notice of the Board vacancy click here.