School Enrollment, Ratings on Board of Ed Agenda
Chatham High fell in NJ Monthly's biennial ratings, released last month.
Michael LaSusa, the superintendent of the School District of the Chathams, will address school enrollments and ratings in his report to the Board of Education Monday.
In general, principals throughout the school district said enrollment at their schools has increased for the 2012-13 school year, though not as much as demographers anticipated.
On Aug. 20, LaSusa said, “Enrollment to date is 4,128 students, which is a slight increase over last year and slightly below where our demographers projected us to be a couple of years ago. ... We’re in pretty good shape in all the buildings in terms of how that enrollment breaks out.”
LaSusa will also address school rankings, such as the recent public high school rankings released by New Jersey Monthly magazine. Chatham High School ranked 20th in the state, a fall of 12 spaces since the last list was released in 2010.
Board of Education President Thomas Belding said NJ Monthly did not take data from schools, but from the state's annual report cards, which included incorrect information this year. "Frankly I don’t think the state has responded or corrected the data. If NJ Monthly took the raw data, that creates all kinds of issues," Belding said.
Chatham High is not the only school that saw significant movement in their ratings, for example:
- Haddenfield Memorial went from 11th to 33rd;
- West Morris Mendham went from 26th to 45th;
- Princeton went from 44th to 59th;
- Montgomerey went from 10th to 61st;
- and West Windsor-Plainsboro South went from 16th to 62nd.
Schools which saw improvements in their rankings include:
- Glen Rock High, which went from 28th in 2010 to 4th in 2012;
- Madison, which went from 15th to 6th;
- Bernards, which went from 32nd to 11th;
- and Metuchen, which went from 54th to 19th.
The Board of Education meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Chatham Township Municipal Building. A full copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found in the Photos & Documents section of this article.