CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Board of Education President Jill Critchley Weber reported on a meeting held with members of the Borough of Chatham Council last week concerning redevelopment and the financial strain it might put on the school district.

Weber reported at the regular meeting of the BOE on Monday night that both board members and borough council members are "rowing in the same direction" when it comes to addressing increased school population as a result of proposed housing developments at River Road and Post Office Plaza.

"I think the meeting went extremely well," Weber said. "I think the most important takeaway is that the council members were extremely supportive of providing financial assistance to the district. If the enrollments increase, and there are other costs associated with the development, the borough will work with us to offset those costs in some manner."

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Weber makes her remarks on the meeting between BOE and Borough Council members

Carolyn Dempsey, borough council member, came to the BOE meeting and urged residents to make their opinions known by emailing the council at or

"Your ideas are going to be heard there," Dempsey said. "If you just gripe on facebook, that's just going to rile people up and spread rumors. We do want to hear your input."

Dempsey makes her plea for opinions and input on Chatham Borough developments in the video below