CHATHAM, NJ - Student enrollment in the School District of the Chathams continues to inch up, but all signs point to a decline in kindergarten registration it was reported at the Chatham Board of Education meeting held Monday night.
Chatham Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael LaSusa noted that enrollment in the district had gone up from its previous all-time high of 4,230 to its current total of 4,233, with students added since the start of the school year. But the first round of kindergarten registration for next year was 159, the lowest it has been for years.
"Clearly, we have two trends happening," LaSusa said. "We're gaining students in the district, but the incoming classes are lower than they have been for 10 years or so."
In comparison there are 210 kindergartners in the district this school year and 288 first graders. LaSusa plans to update registration numbers as they come in.
Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa reports on district enrollment at BOE meeting