Chatham BOE Awards $3 Million Auditorium Contract; School District Enrollment "Has Stabilized"

The Chatham Board of Education awarded the contract for the Chatham High Auditorium renovation on Monday night to John O'Hara Company of East Orange Credits: TAP Chatham
Board member Sal Arnuk questioned Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa about the reliability of the contractor awarded the CHS auditorium project Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa reported that enrollment in the district for this year "has stabilized." Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Board of Education awarded a $3 million contract for renovations to the Chatham High School auditorium at its regular meeting held Monday night.

The BOE unanimously approved the award of the contract to John O'Hara Company of East Orange. Previously, the board rejected the lowest bid twice when the project was sent out for bid. The awarded contract for $3,026,603 was negotiated with the O'Hara Company and Bismark Construction of Newark. O'Hara had the lowest bid.

According to Peter Daquila, board administrator, bids for the referendum capital improvement projects at the Chatham Middle School, Milton Avenue School and for the construction of a new central office building are going out this week.

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Work on the auditorium renovation is expected to begin in January, 2018 and be completed by June.

In other business, Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa reported that enrollment in the district "has stabilized" at 4,187 students. In his previous report in August, the enrollment number was 4,192. The final numbers for the school year will be calculated on Oct. 15.

Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa reports on enrollment and the first week of school

Peter Daquila, BOE business administrator, reports on the contract awarded for the renovated high school auditorium


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