Thursday, April 18, 2013
A look at the numbers after Tuesday's election.
Voter turnout in the school election Tuesday came in at 18.51 percent, with 2,531 of 13,676 registered voters showing up at the polls or mailing in their ballots. Participation in school elections has see-sawed in recent years, ranging from about 30 percent in 2010 to 14.21 percent in 2012. The year in between, 2011, was comparable to this year with just more than 19 percent of registered voters casting ballots. Mail-in ballots were especially high this year, thanks in part to a campaign by Education Counts pushing residents to vote early by mail. Nabil Mouline, head of Education Counts, said the group distributed over 2,000 applications for mail-in ballots. About 170 mail-in ballots were requested from Morris County; 136 mail-in ballots …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Edward DiFiglia offers his congratulations to Phil Franz.
Wednesday, April 17
Dear Neighbors, I am writing today for a few reasons. First, I’d like to offer congratulations to Phil Franz on winning re-election to the school board. I wish him the best of luck while he continues to serve. Secondly, this letter is to thank all of you who listened to -and supported- my ideas and thoughts on how to make the school board better. But most importantly, I'd like to thank those of you who shared your concerns with me: From the oft-repeated concerns about rising taxes, to concerns on topics such as world languages, gifted and talented programs, ranking standings, curriculum, community outreach, facilities, and everything in between. Many of you voiced concerns and ideas that have not been brought before the board for one …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Election results Tuesday night show the budget and both the extra questions passed in the public election.
Chatham voters voted to approve the proposed 2013-14 base budget and two extra questions in Tuesday's elections. The question of security enhancements passed with the slimmest majority of all questions on the ballot, which passed by only 83 votes overall. In Chatham Borough, the second question for enhancing security in Chatham schools failed by 35 votes. in Chatham Township, the question passed by 118 votes. The final vote was 1,292 to 1,209. The question of whether to pay for counseling enhancements passed by a wider majority, with 1,401 voters approving it at 1,105 voters casting ballots against it. In Chatham Township, the question passed by 218 votes. In Chatham Borough it passed by 78 votes. The tax impact for the 2013-14 school year…
Almost 500 people had voted by 5 p.m. in Chatham Township.
Even before work got out and people voted on their way home, Chatham High School saw steady turnout in voters. Just under 500 people voted in Chatham Township within the first 3.5 hours of voting. One poll worker predicted as many as 1,300 could vote by the time the polls close at 9 p.m. The number is significant, considering less than 2,000 people voted in Chatham Township and Chatham Borough in the 2012 school elections. It takes on further significance in the wake of a campaign by Education Counts to encourage residents to vote by mail in advance of Election Day. Education Counts Chair Nabil Mouline said the organization passed out 2,200 applications to vote by mail. The high turn-out, if the trend continues to be so, could be due to …
Monday, April 15, 2013
What's in the budget, who you can vote for and where you can vote.
Chatham residents are among those in 41 school districts who will go to the polls on April 16 for the annual school elections. The 2013-14 school budget, two additional questions and four seats on the Board of Education are up for a vote. Before you head out to vote, here are some things you need to know: Polls open at 2 p.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. Chatham Borough residents who are registered to vote may do so at Chatham Middle School. Chatham Township residents may do so at Chatham High School. The district has proposed a base budget of $65,131,111 for the 2013-14 school year, $55,409,234, or 85 percent of which, will be raised through local taxes. Voters can vote for or against this budget. The state allows for up to a 2 percent …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Phil Franz is running for the board as an interim incumbent member.
Phil Franz is running for a seat on the Board of Education representing Chatham Borough. He currently sits on the board as an interim member, appointed in November to complete Stephen Barna's term on the board. While on the board, Franz has served on the Personnel Committee and the Policy Committee, and has sat in on other committee meetings. "At the end of the day, obviously, our responsibility is ultimately to the students in the school system," Franz said, but he recognizes residents of town who may not have children in the district still need to be involved. "What I hope to do is continue to build on that interaction, that cooperation, that sense of community," he said. Franz moved to the borough in 1999 with his wife Christine. …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Alan Routh, a former Board of Education member, writes to encourage residents to support the proposed school budget.
The school board candidate discusses strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the school district.
In his campaign for school board representative from Chatham Borough, Ed DiFiglia said making the meetings more open is one of his main concerns. The Board of Education meetings often conflict with meetings of the Chatham Borough Council. DiFiglia said in this "age of YouTube," the meetings should at least be put online to view, if not broadcast on local access channels. Chatham Patch sat down with DiFiglia recently and asked him about his background in town, why he is running for the Board of Education, what his most important issues are and what the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the School District of the Chathams are. DiFiglia's family moved to Chatham when he was a child for the school district. Now he lives in …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Phil Franz and Ed DiFiglia discussed their goals for the upcoming term on the Board of Education, where they see room for improvement and what the district's most important facets are.
Board of Education candidates Ed DiFiglia and Phil Franz answered questions from the public at the Candidate Forum held Tuesday at Chatham High School. The two were asked their thoughts on the upcoming school budget vote, which includes two additional questions, one for school counseling and one for school security. Franz said in crafting the budget, "you have to identify what you need today" and put that in the base budget. The additional questins he said, were for "valid" needs that "the kids would benefit from," but it was the community's decision whether to pay for them. DiFiglia said he too thought they were both worthwhile questions, especially the first question to enhance school counseling staff, but he questioned the need for an …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The League of Women Voters will organize the debate.
The Morristown Area League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum for the two Chatham Borough candidates for the Board of Education of the School District of the Chathams. Phil Franz, currently an incumbent member of the Board of Education, and Ed DiFiglia will participate in the forum. Louise Murray of the League of Women Voters will moderate the forum. The two incumbent candidates from Chatham Township, Matt Gilfillan and John Nonnenmacher, are unchallenged in this election. The forum will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the media center at Chatham High School. Each candidate will give opening and closing statements, and will answer questions provided by the moderator. Each question will include an answer one candidate and a …