Education

Chatham Residents Vote "YES" on All Six School Referendum Questions in Special Election

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Total votes taken by both towns on the six questions Credits: School District of the Chathams
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How Chatham Borough voted on the referendum Credits: School District of the Chathams
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How Chatham Township voted on the referendum Credits: School District of the Chathams
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Mike Czech of Chatham Borough checks in to cast his vote on school referendum Credits: TAP Chatham
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Poll worker Greg Granger reported the voting as "steady" at the Chatham Middle School Credits: TAP Chatham
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Chatham residents sign in to vote on referendum at Chatham Middle School Credits: TAP Chatham
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Poll worker Doug Pitney signs in Chatham Township residents to vote on referendum at Chatham High School Credits: TAP Chatham
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Jessica Larson gets ready to enter the voting booth. Poll worker Jim Connelly assists. Credits: TAP Chatham
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CHATHAM, NJ - Seventeen months after an overwhelming defeat of a capital improvement referendum, the School District of the Chathams had its revised referendum approved by a wide margin on Tuesday.

All six questions, totaling $12 million, passed by large margins. The $24 million referendum defeated in April of 2015, had been presented as a single question. On Tuesday, voters gave a thumbs up to each project, which were presented as separate questions on the ballot.

"We are enormously grateful to the community for investing in our schools and students," Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa, said. "We look forward to now turning our attention toward the work of accomplishing all of the projects in a thoughtful and efficient manner. That work will begin immediately."

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Overall, 3,447 Chatham residents voted, representing 23.8 percent of the 14,468 eligible voters.

On the six questions: 72 percent were in favor of question 1, the renovation of the CHS auditorium for $3.5 million; 68 percent voted yes for question 2, the renovation of the CMS auditorium for $3.8 million; 71 percent voted for question 3, $3.2 for additional STEM classrooms at CMS; 65 percent were in favor of question 4, Cougar Field improvements for $1.4 million; 66 percent voted for question 5, $2.4 million to add four classrooms at Milton Avenue School, and 84 percent voted for question 6, $1.5 million for school roof replacements.

In Chatham Borough, there were 1,841 votes cast, representing 29 percent of the 6,347 eligible voters.

In Chatham Township, there were 1,806 votes cast, representing 19.8 percent of the 8,121 eligible voters.

 

 

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