Largest Number of Students Go Back to School in Chatham

Lafayette School students file inside during the first day of class on Tuesday Credits: TAP Chatham
Lafayette Principal Cheryl Russo with some of her record 693 students on Tuesday Credits: TAP Chatham
Lafayette fifth graders on the first day of school: Ellie, Marea, Molly and Karina Credits: TAP Chatham
Dr. Michael Bessette and his daughter, Julia, were two of the first to arrive for school at Lafayette on Tuesday. Credits: TAP Chatham
Sumit Jerath takes a picture of his daughter, Anjali, and her friend on the first day of school Credits: TAP Chatham
Sonny Achilles is back at his post as the crossing guard at the corner of Chatham Street and Lafayette Avenue Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The largest number of students to ever attend Chatham Schools went back to class on Tuesday.

Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa reported last month that 4,200 students had registered for the 2016-'17 school year, the most in the history of the district.

According to LaSusa's report, record numbers of students are attending the high school (1,240) and the middle school (1,089). 

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Principal Cheryl Russo reported Tuesday that there are a record 693 students attending Lafayette School, which houses fourth and fifth graders. 

"We have 16 sections of fourth grade and we've never had that many before," Russo said. "We also have 29 students new to Chatham this year."




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