October 6th Special Election Voter Info

CHERRY HILL PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND REFERENDUM VOTE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6
POLLS OPEN 6 AM - 8 PM

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Vote-By-Mail Ballot Drop-Off Locations


Camden Co. College-Rohrer Campus
(Rear of Parking Lot)
1889 Marlton Pike East
Directions


Cherry Hill Municipal Building
820 Mercer St.
Directions

 

Key Facts / Figures

Cherry Hill is the 11th largest school district in New Jersey, and one of the largest here in South Jersey. We have 19 separate schools totaling 1.7 million square feet that span 354 acres. Of our 19 schools the newest was built in 1970. We have 1,696 professional staff and a student body of 10,760 in grades K-12. Our students speak 72 different languages at home. Currently we have a 16% free/reduced lunch rate and a 19% special education classification rate.

 

Our Journey Together

Cherry Hill has been underfunded by the State for 30 years.

The last successful bond referendum was in 1999 for $52m. Work from this bond lasted until 2005. The Board at that time knew there was a lot more to do. The next bond referendum vote in December 2018 did not pass.

Since then, the Cherry Hill Board of Education gathered input from thousands of individuals through the Bond Ad Hoc Committee, student and community member focus group meetings, surveys, emails, public comments, PTAs, and over 30 public meetings.

The Board recognized the need for a more specialized and experienced firm with a fresh perspective. In 2020, the Board changed the District’s architect to Garrison Architects. Garrison Architects is currently the architect of record for seventy-two K-12 School Districts (mostly in South Jersey).

To date, Board of Education members, Garrison Architects and District Administrators have presented the District improvement plan at over 30 meetings to schools and community groups.

This bond was built based on that valuable feedback.

 

Organizations Endorsing the CHPS Bond Referendum 2022


The Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA)


Cherry Hill Collaborative

The Cherry Hill Association of School Administrators (CHASA)

The Cherry Hill Zone PTA Executive Board

The Process

The Board of Education has prioritized, and continues to prioritize, community engagement and community voice. The feedback from the community indicated that all of the projects need to be done. In January 2022, the Board of Education authorized projects to be submitted to the State of New Jersey for the bond referendum.

In May-July 2022, the Board of Education committed to complete our comprehensive project list while staying within District borrowing limits. Further delays in completing necessary work will not serve District buildings well.

In July 2022, the State of New Jersey committed to funding their share (via debt service) WITH the success of October 6’s bond referendum. This is the only significant way to make up for three decades of underfunding.

 

Dr. Meloche explains why the Cherry Hill Public School District is putting up for vote a bond referendum on Thursday, October 6, 2022

 
Please see a video message from your Principal here

Tax Impact Calculator

 

Cherry Hill Public Schools
October 6, 2022 Special Election

"Cherry Hill Tomorrow" Referendum

The Estimated Average Annual Tax change is based upon a Bond Amount of $363,911,100, State and Federal Funding of 35%, a Bond Term of 20 years, and a Borrowing Rate of 4.00%.

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Avg. Annual Tax Impact: 
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To use this Tax Impact Calculator, enter the Assessed Value of your Land & Improvements (top box) as shown on your Tax Bill from the municipal tax office.

Enter that Assessed Value as a whole number without commas, dollar sign or decimal places, e.g. enter 229150, not $229,150. Then, click on the 'Calculate' button.

The estimated average, annual Tax Impact on your property will show in the bottom box.

Copyright July 14, 2022 by Interactive Dialogue

 

To determine your current tax assessment click below.

Current Tax Assessment

Some residents may be able to reduce costs associated with the bond referendum through the Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement), information is available from the State of New Jersey at the link below.

Property Tax Reimbursement

Needs of the Educational Community

Garrison Architects and a diverse team of experts have identified $363M worth of work as part of a long-term Facilities Improvement Program that we are looking to fund with this Bond – including significant renovation and/or addition work in ALL 19 schools.

Critical work (including safety, security, infrastructure, air quality and air conditioning, roofs, ADA, modernized classrooms, energy-efficient lighting, all-purpose rooms, and more) needs to be completed in our schools.

If You Would Like Additional Information

The State of New Jersey and the Federal Government will share in renovation project costs at over 30% of our actual costs, significantly offsetting the taxpayer burden. We have a commitment of over $113 million directly from Trenton and Washington! The District must provide its share of the actual costs. The only way to do this, and reap the benefit of State and Federal funding, is through the bond referendum process.

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