Voters in Collingswood will decide on a $13.7-million athletic facilities referendum, while the Pennsauken electorate considers a $35.6-million infrastructure bond that touches all 11 schools in its district.
By Matt Skoufalos | March 12, 2018
Collingswood and Pennsauken voters will head to the polls Tuesday for a pair of special elections that will decide whether to bond some $50 million in total for school infrastructure projects.
In Collingswood, the district is seeking approval for its “outdoor enrichment” proposal.
The plan would renovate a deteriorating high-school football stadium and track, adding a second, multi-sport field, classroom space for adult special-needs students, and new elementary school playground surfaces.
A yes vote would bond $13.044 million of the $13.7-million project, according to Collingswood Superintendent of Schools Scott Oswald, resulting in an estimated $194 annual tax increase for a home assessed at the median value of $229,150 for the next 20 years (click here for the Collingswood Schools-provided tax impact calculator).
The Pennsauken Schools project would address facilities issues at all 11 schools in the district, drastically overhauling its student allocation, boosting vocational offerings, and creating a magnet high school.
Among the changes:
- creating a full-day, pre-K early childhood center at the Baldwin Elementary school
- transforming Roosevelt Elementary School into a magnet high school
- demolishing Longfellow Elementary School and replacing it with a neighborhood playground dubbed “Red Barn Park”
- adding a field house to the high school campus named for former Pennsauken mayor and schoolteacher Rick Taylor
Pennsauken Superintendent of Schools Ronnie Tarchichi said the proposal will actually lower taxes, since the cost of the new project will be less than district debt service slated to be retired next year.
According to his tax impact calculator, a home assessed at the township median ($140,017) would see an $11 tax decrease if the measure passes.
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- $36M Pennsauken School Bond to Improve Academics, Athletics, Job Training, Lower Taxes (Nov. 30, 2017)
- $13M Collingswood Athletics Referendum Headed for March 2018 Vote (Nov. 20, 2017)
- Collingswood BOE Preps Athletic Facilities Referendum for Sept. Vote (March 22,2017)
- Collingswood to Consider $20.2M Bond Referendum for School Athletic Facilities (April 6, 2017)
- Collingswood BOE Resets Timeframe for Stadium Bond Referendum, Pares Down Costs (June 12, 2017)
- Collingswood Residents Discuss High-School Stadium Project in Moderated Forums (October 3, 2017)
Collingswood BOE Shaves Athletics Bond to $13.7M, Divided Ahead of Nov. 20 Vote (November 10, 2017)
School District Referendum Information Pages
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