CHATHAM, NJ - All preschool programs in the district will be shifted to Milton Avenue School in order to accommodate the large third-grade population at Southern Boulevard School, it was reported by Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa on Monday night at the regular meeting of the Chatham Board of Education.

Currently, there are 150 second-grade students at SBS and LaSusa has decided to add another section of third grade for the next school year, bringing the total to seven third-grade classes.

To make room for the third graders at SBS, two special education programs at SBS will return to Washington Avenue School, where they were previously located. That necessitates moving two preschool classes from Washington to Milton Avenue School. There will now be four preschool sections housed at Milton.

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"Enrollment at Southern is increasing, so we need the classrooms," LaSusa said. "We have 150 kids in second grade now and we're adding a few students, so we're adding another section. Kindergarten enrollment is about the same as it was last year."

Dr. Michael LaSusa explains the shifting of classrooms among the elementary schools to accommodate growing enrollment at Southern Boulevard School