CHATHAM, NJ - In the sparse crowd of in-person attendees at the Chatham Board of Education meeting was a quartet of 2020 graduates who came to sing the praises of swimming coach Frank DiGiacomo, who was dismissed from his position on July 23.

Quinn Tomaro, Luka Batljan, Phil Puccio and Ethan Ding came to speak on DiGiacomo's behalf and inform the board of 600-plus signatures on a petition to rehire the popular coach.

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Captain Quinn Tomaro urges the Chatham BOE to read the comments made about Frank DiGiacomo in the petition to rehire that has 600-plus signatures

Board president Jill Critchley Weber and superintendent Michael LaSusa both declined to comment per district policy on personnel.