Board Votes to Rescind Consolidation Plan
At its September 29, 2015 meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to revoke its December 2, 2014 decision to develop a consolidation proposal for Chatham Central Schools during this school year. The Board will instead focus on engaging the community in the development of a long-term vision for Chatham’s overall educational program. This common vision will be used by the Board to guide its decision making as it explores all options to maintain and improve Chatham’s educational program, address the impact of our shrinking enrollment, and manage the District’s financial outlook.
Board Votes to Postpone Consolidation and Focus on Long Term Plan
At its December 2nd, 2014 meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a resolution to develop a new consolidation proposal, based on the District’s long-term plan, during the 2015-16 school year. This resolution officially cancels the Board’s June 25, 2013 decision to consolidate Chatham Central School District into two school buildings and repurpose Chatham Middle School by September, 2015. The Board elected not to set a deadline for development of the new consolidation plan.
The District plans to engage the community in developing a long term plan in the spring of 2015. Information concerning development of a new consolidation proposal will be posted here as it becomes available.
Enrollment Projection Study
The number of students attending classes at Chatham in the future will have an impact on how our schools are configured in the future. In 2011, the District completed an enrollment study that projected student enrollment levels for the next ten years. The study looked at birth rates, housing levels, and population trends, as well as current and historical enrollment levels. According to the study, Chatham will continue to see a decline in enrollment through at least 2021, which was as far into the future as the study projected. According to the study's projections, Chatham can expect to see a gradual decrease in enrollment over the next decade.