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  • www.marltonsun.com MAY 410, 2016 FREE

    Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Classified . . . . . . . . . . . 2023Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    INSIDE THIS ISSUELRHSD BOE

    Marlton residents will see risein taxes. PAGE 2

    Townshipmay sueschooldistrict

    By ZANE CLARKThe Sun

    Evesham Township Councilhas authorized the township tofile a lawsuit against the Eve-sham Town-ship Boardof Educa-tion regard-ing theboards de-cision toclose EvansElementarySchool.Council approved the resolu-

    tion authorizing the lawsuit at itsApril 26 meeting, although MayorRandy Brown said he did notwant to give specifics about thelawsuit until it was officially filed

    please see BROWN, page 18

    Council approves litigation against schooldistrict over closure of Evans Elementary

    ZANE CLARK/The SunCherokee High Schools Katie Cummisky was up at bat in the varsity softball game against Shawnee High School at Cherokee on April25. After a hard-fought game, Cherokee eventually fell to Shawnee, 10-0. For more photos, please see page 17.

    Cherokee takes on Shawnee

    Inside this issue

    Realtor discussespotential impact ofEvans closure onreal estate market.Page 6.

  • 2 THE MARLTON SUN MAY 410, 2016

    By SEAN LAJOIEThe Sun

    After having its temporarybudget approved by the state De-partment of Education, theLenape Regional High School Dis-trict Board of Education sharedits final edition at last weeks pub-lic hearing.Marlton residents will see a

    small increase in their regionalschool tax bill for the 2016-17 year.The tax levy will increase by

    1.50 cents, resulting in an in-crease in regional school taxes of$36.73 on a home assessed at thetownship average of $269,900.The total budget is $156.6 mil-

    lion, an increase of $2.6 millionfrom last year. Most of the budget

    is funded with taxpayer money,with $116.1 million expected tocome from taxpayers in the dis-trict's eight sending municipali-ties.Board member David Stow em-

    phasized the lack of state aidcoming in to help take the burdenoff the taxpayers.Our state aid should not be

    lower than it was in 2009, hesaid.Over the past 20 years, state

    support of the LRHSD has de-creased from nearly 40 percent ofthe budget in 1994-95 to just 19.7percent of the 2016-2017 budget.Were grateful for the small in-

    crease in state funding for our

    Regional schooltaxes to increaseAverage Marlton homeowner will see $36.73 increase

    please see STATE, page 12

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    The following Cherokee HighSchool girls lacrosse scores weresubmitted by varsity head coachSarah Wood.

    Moorestown defeated Cherokee,15-5, on April 21Samantha Patrizi led the

    Chiefs with two goals. BrookeYarsinsky, Gab Bodine andGabriella Ciotti each scored once.Gabby Krug made 12 saves in netfor the Chiefs.

    West Deptford defeated Chero-kee, 17-10, on April 23Gab Bodine led the Chiefs with

    three goals. Kelsey Adam scoredtwo goals and added two assists.Lilly Fox also scored twice forCherokee.

    Holy Cross defeated Cherokee,10-9, in overtime on April 25. Cherokee came from behind in

    the second half before fallingshort in overtime. Gab Bodinescored four goals to lead theChiefs. Brooke Yarsinsky had twogoals.

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  • 6 THE MARLTON SUN MAY 410, 2016

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    ay back in 2010, Gov.Christie won a political bat-tle, enacting a 2 percent cap

    on municipal tax levies. The law required towns to limit

    their municipal budget increases to amaximum of 2 percent, down from 4percent, lest they be subject to publicvote.As is the norm, legislators argued

    over whether the law would have anyreal effect on property taxes, orwhether it was just another way of an-gling and passing blame onto predeces-sors.State data released recently would

    say that Christies property tax reformis indeed working.While the average residential prop-

    erty tax bill rose to a record high of$8,353 last year, it increased only 1.7percent, when you factor out the twotroubling property value communitiesof Atlantic City and Paterson. The states Community Affairs De-

    partment said the average homeownerpaid $468 more in property taxes lastyear.Were not ready to jump headfirst

    into the Kool-Aid just yet, but we alsobelieve that at least a small part of theleveling off in tax increases is becauseof the property tax cap. Residents of the Garden State still

    pay the highest average real-estatelevies. Christies property-tax reform was

    never going to fix that problem in thisshort of a time frame, but its a goodstart thats showing progress already.What the 2 percent cap does is keep

    local governments in check, with a rea-sonable limit on increases. It forces

    local councils, committees, commis-sions and school boards to take a sec-ond look at expenses and cut the excesswherever possible. It forces these enti-ties to investigate shared services andshare resources.In a word, it forces accountability.No council, committee, commission

    or school board wants the fate of itsbudget to rest in the hands of voters.School boards disliked the practicewhen it was a standard, and theywould all dislike it if it were to go to avote again.Is Christies 2 percent cap the be-all,

    end-all of property tax reform in NewJersey? Probably not. But it is a step inthe right direction.Now, its up to our state govern-

    ment the one we have now and thenext administration that will take of-fice when Christies terms ends in2018 to take the next step and fix ourstates broken property tax systemonce and for all.

    in our opinion

    Is Christies tax cap working?The data would say yes, at least on the surface; now its time for a next step

    Your thoughtsIs Gov. Christies property tax reformworking? Or is it all just political smoke-and-mirrors? Let your voice be heardthrough a letter to the editor.

    By ZANE CLARKThe Sun

    At the April 25 meeting of the EveshamTownship Council, Mayor Randy Browncalled on real-estate broker Mark McKennaof Pat McKenna Realtors to speak on therecord regarding the closure of Evans Ele-mentary School and his beliefs on the po-tential effect it could have on home valuesin town.To first get a sense of real-estate trends

    throughout town, McKenna said he lookedinto the total number of homes sold in thetownship in the first quarter of 2014, 2015and 2016.

    From Jan. 1 to April 20 in 2014, McKennasaid there were 125 units sold in Evesham.During that same period in 2015, McKennasaid there were 119 units sold, and duringthat period in 2016, McKenna said 154 unitswere sold.While McKenna said those figures

    showed a spectacular growth over thelast two years, the numbers were alreadytelling a different story for this year whenlooking specifically at just some of theschool zones served by Evans ElementarySchool.In regard to communities and neighbor-

    hoods such as Willowridge, Dominion,Cambridge Park, Heathrow, Pheasant Run,

    Delancey Place, Arrowhead and GlenEayre, McKenna said 31 total transactionstook place in the first quarter of 2014, and45 transactions took place over the sameperiod in 2015.However, during that timeframe in 2016,

    McKenna said there have only been seventransactions in those communities, whichhe attributed to the uncertainty surround-ing the closure of Evans School.Youre 33 percent into the year and

    youre on pace to have 21 transactions inthose communities, which is more than a50 percent decrease in transactions when

    Realtor discusses Evans closure impact on home values

    please see MCKENNA, page 14

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    SJ Mothers of Multiples: LionsLake Banquet facility. Moms chatat 7:15 p.m. General meeting at 8p.m. Visit www.SJMOMS.com formore information.

    Community Stroke Support Group:Marlton Rehabilitation Hospital, 92Brick Road. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call 988-8778 for more information.

    MOMS club: For at-home mothers.Email [email protected] for information.

    Preschool storytime: Barnes andNoble, 200 West Route 70. 11 a.m.Call 596-7058 for information.

    THURSDAY MAY 5Kids Can Cook: Ages 6 through 9. 4p.m. Evesham Library at 984Tuckerton Road. Join Ms. Hollyand Ms. Ashley, a registered dieti-cian from the Shop Rite of Marl-ton, for some kid-friendly cook-ing. The library will be making adelicious snack with seasonalingredients. Please list all foodallergies. Stay for a quick and funactivity or craft. Register onlineat www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person orcall the library at (856) 983-1444.

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    BNI Marlton Regional ChapterLunch: Every Thursday at 11:30a.m. at The Mansion, 3000 MainSt., Voorhees. BNI is a businessand professional networkingreferral organization. Join us tolearn more about how to growyour business. Call Ray for detailsat (609) 760-0624.

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    The following Cherokee HighSchool baseball scores were sub-mitted by varsity head coachMarc Petragnani.

    Cherokee defeated TimberCreek, 7-4, on April 21The Chiefs snapped a losing

    streak as they jumped out onTimber Creek early. Nick Snyderthrew five scoreless innings onthe mound for Cherokee, allowingjust three hits and two walkswhile striking out nine hitters.Hunter Mason went 2-for-3 with adouble, home run and two RBIs.

    Cherokee defeated Shawnee, 4-1, on April 25

    Connor Cheeseman threw sixinnings for the Chiefs, allowingjust six hits, one unearned runand one walk while striking outfour batters. Mason lead Chero-kee offensively with two hits andtwo RBIs.

    Cherokee defeated Cherry HillWest, 3-2, in 13 innings on April 27. Snyder pitched six innings for

    Cherokee, allowing just four hitsand five walks while striking out10 batters. There were no runsscored in the game until the 12thinning. Shane Young got out of abases-loaded jam in the 13th in-ning to close out the win for theChiefs.

    baseball scores

    The following Cherokee HighSchool softball score was submit-ted by Cherry Hill High SchoolWest varsity head coach MelissaFranzosi.

    Cherokee defeated Cherry HillWest, 13-4, on April 27

    Ally St. Jean went 4-for-4 withtwo singles, a double, a home run,three runs scored and two RBIs.Samantha Waldman and KamrynWaraksa also doubled for theChiefs. Cherokee scored eightruns in the fifth inning.

    softball score

  • district, but as expenses increase,it remains a challenge to meet theeducational needs of all of our

    students within a manageablebudget, Superintendent CarolBirnbohm said.State aid increased by $67,820

    this year, though this numberwon't cover even half of the costthe district will be spending tobring in the two new special edu-cation staff positions.The new special education

    teacher and support staff mem-ber are required by incomingninth-grade students IndividualEducation Plans.LRHSD graduation rates are

    among the highest in the state at95.5 percent for the class of 2015,with 92.5 percent of graduatescontinuing their education inmore than 286 four-year and two-year colleges and universities.The district gives students the

    opportunity to get a head start ontheir college education by offer-ing the College Acceleration Pro-gram, with 1,245 students partici-pating in 2015-16 and earning col-lege credits through Rowan Col-

    lege at Burlington County.Our students will earn nearly

    8,500 college credits this yearalone, Birnbohm said. This pro-gram, offered at no additionalcost to the district or taxpayers,gives students a jump on continu-ing education and, equally impor-tant, helps offset college costs forstudents and their families.Other LRHSD cost-saving ini-

    tiatives range from shared servic-es agreements with the sendingdistricts to per pupil administra-tive costs that are significantlylower than other regional dis-tricts. This school year, the aver-age per student administrativecost of $1,506 is $476 below thestate-mandated regional limit of$1,982 per student.The LRHSD also benefits from

    fundraising efforts and donationsfrom a range of community andalumni groups. In addition, thedistrict receives corporate and

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    McKenna says closurecould have ripple

    effect in other communities

    were up 22 percent in the mar-ket, McKenna said.McKenna also expressed con-

    cern for those who recently pur-chased in the areas that serveEvans and who may have put 5percent or 10 percent down on ahome, only to have a school closeand drop the value of their homesby that much or more.I have some of the inventory

    I have a house that Ive droppedthree times so far, $499,900,$489,900 and $479,900, and thatsone example, McKenna said.That house is down $30,000 inabout 45 days.Even when McKenna said he

    had an offer on the house of

    $470,000, he said prospective buy-ers eventually withdrew theiroffer because of the uncertaintyof Evans School.McKenna also said those num-

    bers might not stay limited to cer-tain communities, as there couldbe a ripple effect across homesales in all of Evesham.According to McKenna, in his

    experience, those looking to moveto the area often compare thethree neighboring M-Towns ofMarlton, Medford and Mt. Laurel.I could see some people, and

    Ive heard, leaning in other direc-tions because were kind of up inarms, McKenna said.McKenna said an increase in

    tax appeals was also another sideeffect of the school closure andpotential decrease in propertyvalues that could affect every tax-payer in town.At past council meetings, town-

    ship manager Tom Czernieckihas outlined that the defense andjudgment of tax appeals are paidfor through municipal surplusfunds in the townships annualbudget.Czerniecki has repeatedly said

    the more homeowners who loseproperty values and win tax ap-peals means more money every-one else in the township is re-sponsible for replacing.

    MCKENNAContinued from page 6

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  • foundation grant funding, whichrecently included grants fromLockheed Martin in the amountof $31,200 for two school years.The grants are funding the incor-poration of a comprehensiveSTEM program, Project Lead theWay, into the current course ofstudy.This year, individual and com-

    munity group donations reacheda total of $2.55 million con-tributed to the district since the2007-2008 school year, Birnbohmsaid. Our parents, alumni andcommunity members are active

    in the district and integral to ourstudents success. Their financialsupport complements their in-volvement, making it possible forus to provide our students and thecommunity with improved athlet-ic facilities, new equipment andlife-changing experiences.Budget information, including

    tax impacts for each sending dis-trict, is posted on the Lenape Re-gional High School District web-site, www.lrhsd.org. For more in-formation, contact Business Ad-ministrator James Hager at (609)268-2000 ext. 5536 [email protected] District offi-cials will hold their next Board ofEducation meeting on Wednes-day, May 11 at the administrationbuilding in Shamong at 7:30 p.m.

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    Mary Eva Colalillo and CherryHill Police Chief William Mon-aghan reported a man was arrest-ed in connection with a bank rob-bery in Cherry Hill on Monday,April 25 as well as bank robberiesin Voorhees and in Marlton earli-er this month.The suspect, a 29-year-old man

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    proximately 3:13 p.m., passed a de-mand note to a teller and fledwith an undisclosed amount ofcash. He was located a short time

    later in Cherry Hill.An investigation by the Cam-

    den County Prosecutors Officemajor crimes unit and the CherryHill Police Department identifiedthe suspect as the alleged bankrobber.He was remanded to the Cam-

    den County Jail with bail set at$60,000.

    The following Cherokee HighSchool boys tennis score wassubmitted by Shawnee HighSchool varsity head coach JimBaker.

    Shawnee defeated Cherokee, 5-0, on April 25Singles:

    First singles: Eric Tecce,Shawnee, defeated Grant Sokol 6-1 6-0Second singles: Cole Tecce,

    Shawnee, defeated JonathanStaub 6-0 6-0Third singles: Nick Falcone,

    Shawnee, defeated Andrew Cer-vantes 6-1 2-6 6-1

    Doubles:First doubles: Chris Machuzak

    and Ben Mead, Shawnee, defeated Ali Kaleem and Joe Sisti6-3 6-4Second doubles: Ben Magee

    and Jacob Delancy, Shawnee, de-feated Konrad Scroger and SufiZekaria 6-2 6-0

    Cherry Hill man arrested in bank robberies

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    with the courts.However, Brown did say the

    BOE violated multiple statutesin this state and in this town andmade repeated references to theschool board not following theproper process in its decision toclose Evans.To that end, Brown also raised

    questions about the validity ofthe demographer and demogra-phy report the district used whenit was considering whether toclose Evans.They voted to close a school

    without doing a process throughit, without checking on facts andfigures and statistics, Brownsaid.Brown said the district used a

    faulty demographer who failedto get the necessary information

    from the township regarding newhomes, townhouses and apart-ments that are planned.Brown said the demography in-

    formation the township had com-piled was not new information,and was already available beforethe board voted to close Evans.According to Brown, after the

    board voted to close Evans, thetownship still tried to schedule ameeting with the districts de-mographer to present the town-ships information, but Brownsaid the districts demographertold township officials he couldnot meet with them.When we file, and everybody

    sees what should have happened,as I stated that night (the nightthe BOE voted to close Evans)they werent ready in an hour,they werent ready in a week,they werent ready in a month tomake that decision, Brown said.Councilmember Steve Zeuli

    noted it was regrettable the town-ship had come to its decision tosue the BOE, but he said thetownship felt there were errorsin the process when the boardvoted to close Evans.Zeuli said he hoped the lawsuit

    would give the BOE more time toconsider its decision and the de-mography information from thetownship that board members didnot have at the time of their vote.Im not going to categorically

    tell you Im against closing aschool, but what I am categorical-ly against is running through theprocess without being account-able to it and to at least being in-terested in some of the informa-tion thats probably going tochange your mind, Zeuli said.Regarding the lawsuit, Coun-

    cilmember Debbie Hackman saidcouncil had met with members ofthe board, but regrettably the twosides were at an impasse and socouncil decided to move forwardwith litigation.

    It wasnt a rushed decision,Hackman said. We went backand forth quite a bit, and we felt itwas in the best interest of thecommunity.With the boards decision to

    close Evans, Councilmember BobDiEnna said there were require-ments of that process of whichthe township had no control, withthe exception of township offi-cials being entrusted with en-forcing certain details.We would be remiss if we did-

    nt take a position of making sureall the terms and conditions havebeen considered, DiEnna said.The BOE voted to close Evans

    Elementary School at its March17 meeting in response to whatdistrict officials have categorizedas years of declining enrollment.Evesham Township School Dis-

    trict Superintendent John Scavel-li Jr. has repeatedly outlined thatwhile district enrollment peakedat 5,436 students in the 2002-2003school year, the number of stu-dents in the district has fallen byabout 1,000 students to 4,440 stu-dents in this current school year.In the past, Scavelli has said

    district demography studies pre-dict a continuation of that trend,with the district left with 4,080students in the 2020-2021 schoolyear.Scavelli has also said closing

    Evans would save the districtabout $1.4 million and would helpthe district avoid larger classsizes and cuts to staff that wouldotherwise become necessary inthe coming years. Scavelli said the district was

    aware council passed a resolutionto authorize a lawsuit against theboard, but the district had not re-ceived the complaint at the timeof this articles publication.We are saddened that the

    township government would takeaction that requires spending mu-nicipal and school resourceswhich would be better used forour students, residents and tax-payers, Scavelli said.When Brown was asked if the

    township had a specific filingdate in mind for the lawsuit, hisonly response was well see.

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