CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High's Director of Athletics William Librera was elevated to assistant principal on Monday night when the School District of the Chathams created and approved new administrative titles at the regular meeting of the Board of Education.

Board members voted unanimously to abolish a number of supervisory positions, one of which was "Director of Athletics and Supervisor of Health and Physical Education." The board then voted to approve the creation of new administrative titles. Librera will now hold one of the new titles, "Assistant Principal, Chatham High School."

According to superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa, Librera will become the third assistant under principal Darren Groh. Librera will continue to run the athletic department and also "take on additional duties as assistant principal," LaSusa said.

  • The board will begin discussions about whether to move school elections to November, like the majority of the state, or keep them in April. Board member Richard Connors wrote down a series of questions about the ramifications of such a move. Connors had a personal matter to attend to, so board president Jill Critchley Weber read the questions into the record and asked Peter Daquila, business administrator/secretary of the board, to research the answers for the next meeting, so the board could discuss the pros and cons.
  • The board discussed changing the school calendar for the next school year. There will be four options to choose from - once the board hears feedback from PTOs and teachers. The main option that needs to be decided is whether to hold spring break April 25-29 as scheduled or change it to April 11-15 to avoid conflicts with PARCC and AP Testing.
  • Dr. LaSusa reported that registration for kindergarten is down about 30 students from last year at this time. A year ago, there were 240 registered for kindergarten compared to 210 now. LaSusa, noted, however, that normally there are additional students who are signed up over the summer, so the numbers are not firm.
  • Mariel Kolker, a trustee for the Chatham Education Foundation, presented the board with two checks, one for $4,000, which will provide scholarships of $2,000 each to a male and female Chatham High graduates. The other check was for $3,442.10, which will fund three projects at Washington Avenue School: Touchphonics, History on Wheels, and Engaging Young Readers. According to Kolker, the year-to-date grants provided by CEF total $92,000, bringing the 10-year figure to $938,000.
  • The board announced its meeting dates through June 20, 2016. There will be fewer meetings, but Weber explained that it will give the board a chance to hold more special public meetings and that it will be three times what is required by law. The schedule is designed to prevent conflicts with Borough of Chatham Council meetings - also held on Mondays - by alternating Monday meeting dates.
  • Jane Devlin has been appearing before the board on a regular basis to ask them to consider ways to relieve the stress of homework on students. Dr. LaSusa noted that "it was on the radar" and indicated that he had read the article on the subject that Devlin urged the board to read.