Monday, April 29, 2013
Tom Belding and Jill Weber voted in as board president and vice president.
The Board of Education of the School District of the Chathams unanimously voted Monday to move their meetings to Wednesday nights — at least for a while. Board member Jill Weber, newly installed as the board's vice president for the second consecutive year, suggested the board "try for a few months" to have the meetings on Wednesdays so they do not conflict with meetings of the Chatham Borough Council or Chatham Township Committee. The issue was proposed as part of the board's annual reorganization activities Monday. Two schedules were proposed, one where the 2013-14 meetings take place on Mondays, as the board has done since 1988, and one where the board meets on Wednesdays. The first vote taken was on the question of having meetings on …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The public will vote on all three items on April 16.
The Board of Education approved the 2013-14 school budget with two extra questions by a unanimous vote of 7-0 Thursday evening. The vote came after two contrasting comments from Gordon Brown and Nabil Mouline. Brown spoke first, saying his last child left the district in 1988 when his taxes were $3,862 per year. Now, he said, he and his wife pay $8,134 per year. "In between, we have paid $124,717 into the school system, and no one has been in school from our family," Brown said. "I call this legalized extortion, paying a lot of money and getting very little back for it." Brown criticized the Mandarin program at Chatham Middle School and Chatham High School, and recommended those who want to learn Mandarin purchase a Rosetta Stone program …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Two applicants have contacted the board so far.
Board of Education President Thomas K. Belding said the School District of the Chathams continues to seek interested residents from Chatham Borough to fill a vacant seat on the board. The vacancy was created by Stephen Barna, who submitted a letter of resignation on Friday, Sept. 14. Peter Daquila, the district's business administrator, said two applicants have come forward as of Thursday, both of whom are currently in interviews. When asked how many applicants he would like to have, Belding answered three to five. The term expires in April, with the opportunity to run for another three-year term in the 2013 school elections, also in April. Barna began his time on the board as an interim member, replacing a former member. He was then …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Meetings would likely be videotaped and broadcast at a later time.
Board of Education President Thomas K. Belding said he and Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa met with Chatham Borough officials to discuss the possibility of recording and broadcasting board meetings. The school and municipal officials "discussed a number of possibilities for shared service agreements and/or shared resources," Belding said. Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris, Administrator Robert Falzarano and Council Member Gerald Helfrich, the latter of whom is an alumnus of the Board of Education, said they had the ability to broadcast DVDs of meetings onto their public access channel, Belding said. Board Member Al Burgunder asked whether the BOE would have to move their meetings from the Chatham Township Municipal Building, where the …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Stephen Barna offered his resignation from the board on Friday, Sept. 14.
Board of Education President Thomas K. Belding will make a statement acknowledging the resignation of Stephen Barna, a former president of the board. Barna submitted his letter of resignation to Belding on Friday, Sept. 14 due to other opportunities. He told Chatham Patch he was already unsure about whether he would run for a third full term in April. Barna, an associate director at Verizon Wireless began his time on the board as an interim member, replacing a former member. He was then elected to two three-year terms representing the borough on the Board of Education. Other Board Business Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa will also give the board an update on teacher evaluations. Also on the agenda is an item approving an agreement with …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Stephen Barna declined to comment on his resignation from the Board of Education.
Stephen Barna submitted a letter of resignation to Board of Education President Thomas K. Belding Friday afternoon. "We are very, very sorry to see him needing to leave the board. He's been a great member of the board, a former president and he's sat on virtually all board committees," Belding said. Barna confirmed the resignation. Belding said Barna was resigning "because of some other opportunities that have presented themselves." The resignation creates a vacancy for a resident of Chatham Borough to sit on the Board of Education until Barna's term expires in April, according to Business Administrator Peter Daquila. "It’s been a great experience and I feel bad leaving a little bit short," Barna said. "I was still on the fence about …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Department of Education changes, errors contributed to drop in rankings, Belding said.
Rankings from New Jersey Monthly failed to take into account errors in the state Department of Education's (DOE) annual report cards and changes in how the DOE measures data, according to Chatham's Board of Education President Thomas K. Belding. The magazine released its biennial rankings of public high schools on Aug. 13. Chatham High School was ranked as the No. 20 school in the entire state. Two years ago, when the rankings were last released, the school was ranked 8th. In 2008 and 2006 the school was ranked 10th and 12th, respectively. Chatham's former Interim Superintendent, Dennis Fyffe, reported errors in the school report card in June. One significant error administrators noticed was a misreporting of the percentage of Chatham High…
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Thomas K. Belding had some final words for the departing high school class.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Editor's note: The following is the complete text of the commencement address given by Board of Education President Thomas K. Belding at the Chatham High School 2012 graduation ceremony on June 21, 2012. You of course know the names Francois Rabelais, Anton Chekov, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Michael Crichton. They were famous writers. Did you also know they were medical doctors? These guys not only thought and worked outside the box – as you will probably also have to do. Through their works we know they were gifted and talented – particularly in understanding people, and communicating. You are also gifted and talented – each one of you – more so than you may realize. And like these famous doctor-writers, whatever career you go into, …
Monday, April 30, 2012
This will be Belding's second year as president of the Board of Education.
Moments after he was sworn in for his second full term, Thomas K. Belding was unanimously appointed by his fellow Board of Education members to the role of Board President for the 2012-13 year. Board Member Richard Connors, the outgoing board vice president, nominated Belding for consideration. Board Member John Nonnenmacher seconded the nomination. No other names were put forward for consideration, and all nine members voted for Belding. Also unanimously appointed was Jill Critchley Weber to the role of vice president. Board Member Lata Kenney nominated Weber and Nonnenmacher seconded the nomination. No other names were nominated for consideration, and the nine board members voted for Weber. Weber is currently in her second of a three-…