Chatham Kindergarten Enrollment Down; Policy Committee Meets with ACLU About Breathalyzer Tests

Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa announces that kindergarten enrollment is lower than it has been over the past four years Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Kindergarten enrollment is down in Chatham, according to Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa, who reported the declining numbers at the School District of the Chathams Board of Education meeting held Monday night.

LaSusa said there were 197 enrolled at this time, which is lower than it has been in the last four years. He also said that the number could rise as it did with late summer enrollees in the past.

In other business, the policy committee of the board recently met with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) about the amended breathalyzer policy it adopted last year.

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In December, the Chatham BOE policy committee amended its policy to include random breathalyzer tests at school-sponsored events. The amendment was prompted by public intoxication by students at state playoff football games.

"We had an informal meeting with them to just talk through any concerns they had," LaSusa said. "It was a very productive, very good meeting. The policy is in place. We'll probably make some adjustments to it once we work through any of the ongoing dialog with the attorneys." 

The BOE has announced delayed openings at the high school only for PARCC testing this spring. The move has been made so as not to interfere with class instruction and review for AP testing. School will begin at 9:35 instead of 7:40 a.m. on the PARCC dates LISTED HERE.

The ELA portion of the PARCC testing will take place on April 19, April 20 and April 21. The Math PARCC is set for May 16, May 17 and May 18.


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