Chatham BOE Ready to Study Options for Redistricting Elementary Schools; Changes Could Come in 2019-'20

Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa and board secretary/administrator Peter Daquila at Monday night BOE reorganization meeting Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Board of Education is ready to take steps toward redistricting the student population for the three elementary schools, which would likely go into effect for the 2018-'19 school year, according to plans revealed at the BOE reorganization meeting on Monday night.

Board president Jill Critchley Weber asked Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa for a timeline on the anticipated changes that will be needed when additional affordable housing and other redevelopment takes place in Chatham Borough and Chatham Township.

Right now, enrollment continues to climb at Southern Boulevard School, located in Chatham Township, while it has been on the decline at Chatham Borough schools, Washington Avenue and Milton Avenue. 

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Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa answers questions about a timeline for possible redistricting of elementary schools

"We have two elementary schools that have been losing students, Washington and Milton, and we have one that has been gaining students, which is Southern," LaSusa said. "We have new housing developments in the borough and the township, and we have construction taking place. So we have a need to reevaluate how the neighborhood zones are drawn, which were last done in 2006.

"The first step is to identify a demographer we want to work with. Then the board would have to appoint the demographer."

Once a study is done and recommendations are made, the board will make its findings available to the public. 

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