CHATHAM, NJ - Judging by the initial statements of Superintendent Michael LaSusa and board members Jill Critchley Weber and Michelle Clark, it appears that it's just a matter of time before Chatham moves to later opening bells for Chatham Middle School and Chatham High students.

Board president Weber brought up the subject toward the end of the regular BOE meeting on Monday night and the brief discussion was all positive about moving middle school and high school students to an 8:30 a.m. starting time.

Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa talks about the positive impact a later start would have for middle school and high school students

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Because of a shortage of bus drivers, LaSusa pointed out that the best way to enact such a change would be to do the "full-on flip", meaning an earlier start for elementary and Lafayette students and a later start for middle school and high school students.

Board members Michelle Clark and Jill Critchley Weber point out the importance of advocating for such a change

"The focus is on starting middle school and high school students later," LaSusa said. "That's the goal. As close to 8:30 as possible. That's what other districts across the country have done and that's what the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Sleep Foundation all recommend the later start time."