NJLA Letter to South Orange-Maplewood School District

South Orange-Maplewood School District                                                                                             
525 Academy St.
Maplewood, NJ 07040

March 18, 2016
 

Dear President Baker and Board of Education Members:

On behalf of the membership of the New Jersey Library Association we are urging the South Orange-Maplewood School District to reconsider its proposal to eliminate school library media specialists in its proposed budget for the upcoming school year.

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