CHATHAM, NJ - A number of delays in the progress of capital improvement projects ongoing this summer were discussed on Monday night when the Chatham Board of Education held its regular meeting.
Peter Daquila, BOE administrator/secretary, reported on snags with the installation of "subpar" windows in the Milton Avenue School addition; the discovery of a buried 5,000-gallon oil tank the at Chatham Middle School, and the delay in the delivery of 740 new seats for the high school auditorium renovation.
The board also revealed that the finance committee is discussing the $100 activities fee for high school students, and the likelihood that it will return to the previous rate of $150 per student for the upcoming school year.
Daquila points out that during the inspection, it was discovered that "subpar" windows were installed on the Milton Avenue School addition
At the Chatham Middle School, where an addition that will house STEM classes is being built, a 5,000-gallon oil tank was discovered buried in the parking lot near the construction site. The oil tank has been removed and the BOE is awaiting test results to determine whether further remediation needs to be done (see video below).
Daquila also reported that there could be a two-and-half-month delay in the renovation of the high school auditorium because the company that was contracted to provide the new seats went out of business. The 740 seats were purchased from a 90-year-old company in San Diego (see video below) and the contractor is trying to find out if the seats are sitting in a warehouse somewhere, or if another manufacturer has to be sought to provide the seats.
Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa signals that the activity fee for high school students is likely to revert to the $150 price tag in the video below.