CHATHAM, NJ - The School District of the Chathams has again rejected bids for the renovation of the Chatham High School auditorium and will now negotiate a price with bidders, it was announced on Monday night at the regular meeting of the Chatham Board of Education.

It was the second time that bids for the capital improvement project at CHS were rejected for being over budget. 

"The district under the guidance of the state purchasing laws can negotiate price with any of the contractors who bid on the project a second time," Peter Daquila, BOE business administrator/secretary, said. "The negotiated price has to be lower than the last low bid received. The lowest bid received in the last round was slightly over $2.9 million."

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Peter Daquila discusses the process with the Chatham BOE for negotiating a price for the renovation of the Chatham High School auditorium.

The district reported problems with Laumar Roofing, the company hired to replace four school roofs. 

"Unfortunately, this contractor has been a thorn in the district's side," Daquila said.

It was also reported that the Southern Boulevard School office has now been moved from the front of the building. The SBS front door will no longer be open to visitors and will remain locked. It will only be used as an exit door.