CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Board of Education gave a presentation on 10 capital improvement projects at its regular meeting on Monday night that could be included in an $11.3 million referendum that the public would vote on as early as Sept. 29.
If all 10 projects are included in the referendum, the estimated cost to the taxpayer per $100,000 of assessed home value would be $20 for Chatham Borough residents and $19 for Chatham Township residents.
The two most expensive projects would be the partial roof replacement on all district schools (excluding Lafayette) at a cost of $4.4 million and the installation of a multi-purpose turf field behind Chatham High at a price tag of $3 million.
BOE vice president Matt Gilfillan, the finance chair, said that the board will measure the support for each project through a survey before deciding which ones to include in the referendum (see video below).
The 10 projects being considered are: 1-Installation of security vestibules at all schools ($505K). 2-Fire alarm system upgrade ($297K). 3-Replacement of the track at Cougar Field ($611K). 4-Installation of a multi-purpose synthetic turf field behind Chatham High School ($3 million). 5-Expansion of the field house at Cougar Field ($740K). 6-Renovation of the art classroom at CHS ($439K). 7-Replacement of the heat and air conditioning systems at CHS and Lafayette ($482K). 8-Partial roof replacement at all schools except Lafayette ($4,4 million). 9-Repairs to Southern Boulevard School brickwork and foundation ($534K). 10-Renovation of Chatham Middle School hallways ($534K).
Taxpayers are asked to take the survey that will be available on the district website starting Wednesday, March 4. A hard copy mailing with the survey and an email will be sent out to residents on March 5 and the online survey will be available March 30.
LaSusa talks about the survey
The BOE will decide which projects to include in the referendum on April 27 and then set up a vote for public approval on Sept. 29.