CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Board of Education reiterated its commitment to security measures it is considering in the wake of the Feb. 14 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which claimed 17 victims.
During the public portion of the regular meeting of the Chatham BOE on Monday night, resident Bill Heap spoke about his "personal survey" that revealed that few Chatham residents knew anything about the subject being discussed by the board members (see video below).
Heap has brought up the subject of armed Class 3 Officers in the past and returned to bring up the subject. Board president Jill Critchley Weber countered that the board is continuing its review of security options in the video below during an exchange with Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa.
"Certainly since February we've been talking about bolstering school security, across the board, not just isolating on Class 3 officers, but the physical infrastructure, procedural partnering with local law enforcement and we've been talking about redistricting," Weber said.
"The fact that folks don't know about it, we can shout from the rooftops or in the press, but we literally talk about this every meeting. Redistricting and bolstering school safety and security from a holistic point of view, not just one targeted item."
In terms of redistricting, LaSusa has mentioned that there will likely be a redistricting of students in elementary schools to alleviate the influx of students at Southern Boulevard School. One option being considered is shifting students from the SBS district to Washington Avenue School to even out the population. Those plans would not be implemented until the 2019-2020 school year at the earliest.