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The Pennsauken School District is asking residents to consider a bond referendum that will make significant improvements to every public school throughout the Township. The vote, to be held on Tuesday, March 13, will allocate almost $36 million for various initiatives, while actually reducing school taxes for Pennsauken households.
A “Chat and Chew” event at the Pennsauken Free Public Library, 5605 N. Crescent Blvd., will be on Tuesday, March 6, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Members of the public unable to attend an evening meeting can take this opportunity to learn about the upcoming referendum vote and ask questions.
There will also be a public meeting held on Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Park Avenue Campus, 8201 Park Ave., Pennsauken. This presentation will go over the entire referendum with a particular focus on the improvements slated for the Intermediate School and Howard M. Phifer Middle School.
Finally, there will be a public meeting at the Homestead Youth Association, 4771 Willow Ave., on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m.
The proposed referendum addresses a variety of projects in every part of the District, including new security vestibules at all schools; capital improvement to elementary schools with new windows and doors; the establishment of all-day pre-school; the demolition of an aging Longfellow Elementary and the erection of a comprehensive community park and playground in the school’s old footprint; the addition of three new science labs and two additional classrooms at Phifer Middle School; the transformation of Roosevelt Elementary into a high-tech magnet high school, with the addition of a brand new gymnasium; extensive renovations at Pennsauken High School, with improvement being made to the auditorium, library, locker rooms, and gymnasium; construction of a plumbing lab, a new field house, and new tennis courts at the high school; and more.