SOMSD BOARD OF EDUCATION NEWSLETTER

August 25, 2022 Public Meeting Recap | Vol. 1, Issue 16

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Highlights from the August 25, 2022 - 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 Monthly Report/Update:

Watch Board President Joshua Thair's Monthly Update
View/Search SOMSD Board of Education Policies

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Board of Education Meeting - Public Session - August 25 2022

Current BOE Members

Note: to email all board members, please email boemembers@somsd.k12.nj.us.


Thair Joshua
Board President
Term: 2020 - 2022
email: tjoshua@somsd.k12.nj.us


Susan Bergin (1st Vice-President)
Term: 2021 - 2023
email: sbergin@somsd.k12.nj.us


Kaitlin Wittleder (2nd Vice-President)

Term: 2022 - 2024

email: kwittled@somsd.k12.nj.us


Elissa Malespina
Term: 2021 - 2023
email: emalesp1@somsd.k12.nj.us


Erin Siders
Term: 2020 - 2022
email:esiders@somsd.k12.nj.us


Qawi Telesford

Term: 2022 - 2024

email: qtelesfo@somsd.k12.nj.us


Arun Vadlamani

Term: 2022 - 2024

email: avadlama@somsd.k12.nj.us


Courtney Winkfield
Term: 2021 - 2023
email: cwinkfie@somsd.k12.nj.us


Johanna Wright
Term: 2020 - 2022
email: johannawright@somsd.k12.nj.us


Student Representatives to the Board of Education

Noah Morros
Term: 2021 - 2022
email: boestudentrep1@somsd.k12.nj.us


Vanessa Previlon
Term: 2021 - 2022
email: boestudentrep2@somsd.k12.nj.us

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.