Chatham BOE Puts Out New Referendum Survey to Community

Board members Matthew Gilfillan, Jill Critchley Weber and now retired member Thomas Belding at special meeting on $24.9 million bond referendum held last spring Credits: TAP Chatham
Mathew Gilfillan, finance chairman of the Chatham BOE Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The School District of the Chathams Board of Education has put out a survey for the public to weigh in on capital improvement projects it is now considering.

Last April, a $24.9 million capital improvement bond referendum was defeated in a vote by the public. According to the BOE, that bond referendum would have cost $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

The BOE has written an open letter to the public asking for feedback. Click here to see entire letter.

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The reworked options for a capital improvement bond referendum are included in the survey that can be found on the district website. Below is a summary of the survey.

There are eight questions, with yes, no or maybe answers accepted.

The first part of the survey asks about renovating the high school auditorium, with varying degrees of improvements included. The first question is a $3.5 million project to renovate the high school auditorium. 1-A calls for renovation and a minor expansion at a cost of $4.5 million. 1-B outlines a $10.6 million plan to knock down the existing auditorium and build a new one.

The second set of questions has to do with the Chatham Middle School. Question 2 lays out a $3.8 million renovation of the middle school auditorium.

Question 3 asks for the public to vote on a $1.4 million renovation to the Cougar Field complex, including bleachers and a new concession stand.

Question 4 has three parts and asks residents about different options on improving the athletic fields, including two baseball fields, located behind the high school. Options 4A-1, 4A-2, 4B-1 and 4B-2 range from $3 million to $5.3 million.

Question 5 asks for opinions for varying projects on expansion for STEM classes at the middle school as well as possible second-story additions, ranging from $3.2 million to $6.5 million in 5, 5A and 5B.

Question 6 asks about the addition of elementary school classrooms. The first part of question 6 asks for $3.3 million to add classrooms at Washington Avenue School and Milton Avenue School; 6A would add classrooms to all three elementary schools, adding Southern Boulevard to MAS and WAS, at a total cost of $5 million.

Question 7 asks if there are other capital improvement projects related to facilities that the BOE should consider.

Question 8 asks for thoughts from the public on what is being offered.

The survey can be found by clicking here.


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