February 23, 2023 Public Meeting Recap | Vol. 2, Issue 6

Highlights from the February 23, 2023- Regular Session Board of Education Meeting

The District will share a monthly newsletter with the SOMSD community to keep you informed and to provide a recap of key action items discussed and approved by the Board of Education during their monthly regular Public Session meetings. The BOE meeting recap newsletter will be shared monthly after each regular session public BOE meeting (and will only be provided for regular-session Board meetings).

Board President's Monthly Statement

The school board meeting is a business meeting in public and not a meeting with the public. Oftentimes it may appear to members of our audience that the Board of Education takes action with very little comment and in many cases a unanimous vote. Before a matter is placed on the agenda at a public meeting, the Administration has thoroughly reviewed the matter with the Superintendent of Schools/Chief School Administrator (CSA). If the Superintendent of Schools/Chief School Administrator is satisfied that the matter is ready to be presented to the Board of Education, it is then referred to the appropriate Board Committee. The Members of the Board Committee work with Administration and the Superintendent to assure that the members fully understand the matter. After the committee discusses the matter, it is presented to the full Board for discussion before any action is taken. Only then, is it placed on the agenda for action at a public meeting.

Superintendent's Monthly Report

Board President's Monthly Update

Key Action Items

  • A full list of action items and associated resolutions is available here.
  • Approval of Revision to 2022/23 SY Calendar - Click here to view the updates. The following (2) District closure dates are now added to the calendar: 1) EID al-Fitr, April 21, 2023 2) Election Day, June 6, 2023


Approved Resolutions:

There were second readings and adoptions of 4 policies:
  1. 1648.11 The Road Forward (Abolished)
  2. 1648.13 School Employee Vaccination (Abolished)
  3. 2361 Acceptable Use of Computer Networks/Computers and Resources
  4. 5460 High School Graduation

There were first readings of 14 policies:

  1. 0152 Board Officers
  2. 0161 Call, Adjournment, and Cancellation
  3. 0162 Notice of Board Meeting
  4. 2260 Affirmative Action Program for School and Classroom Practices
  5. 2423 Bilingual and ESL Education
  6. 3321 Acceptable Use of Computer Network(s), Computer and Resources by Teaching Staff Members
  7. 5200 Attendance
  8. 5440 Honoring Student Achievement
  9. 5516 Use of Electronic Communication and Recording Devices (ECRD)
  10. 5701 Plagiarism
  11. 5710 Student Grievance
  12. 7440 Security on School Premises
  13. 8140 Student Enrollment
  14. 8420 Emergency and Crisis Situations
Board of Education Meeting - Public Session - February 23 2023

Current BOE Members

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Kaitlin Wittleder
Board President
Term: 2022 - 2024


Elissa Malespina (1st Vice-President)
Term: 2021 - 2023

Nubia DuVall Wilson (2nd Vice-President)

Term: 2023 - 2025


Term: 2023

Regina Eckert
Term: 2023 - 2025

Bill Gifford
Term: 2023 - 2025

Qawi Telesford

Term: 2022 - 2024


Arun Vadlamani

Term: 2022 - 2024


Courtney Winkfield
Term: 2021 - 2023

Student Representatives to the Board of Education

Noah Morros
Term: 2022 - 2023

Vanessa Previlon
Term: 2022 - 2023

South Orange & Maplewood School District

The mission of the South Orange Maplewood School District is to empower and inspire each student to explore and imagine, to pursue personal passions, and to collectively create a better future by creating a learner-centered environment through multiple pathways; reimagined structures, systems and supports; innovative teaching; partnering with families; and maximizing community expertise and resources.

View/Search SOMSD Board of Education Policies

The District has partnered with Strauss Esmay to provide a more user-friendly and easier way for community members to view/search for District-approved BOE policies/regulations. Polices can be found by # or by inputting a search request by subject.