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BOND REFERENDUM PAGE


The process of developing our bond referendum, voted upon on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, was a long one which, though it focused a great deal on the past two and one half years, actually began after the finalization of the district’s 1999 referendum. The bond was developed in an efficient and cost responsible manner to provide the greatest positive impact on our school facilities to most benefit our children and community. The preliminary results of the election (see the table below) show a resounding defeat for all three of the proposals.

Total Ballots

Proposal One

Proposal Two

Proposal Three

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

4785

5940

4331

6419

4186

6520

Assistant Superintendent Business/Board Secretary Mrs. Lynn Shugars confirmed that 55,661 sample ballots were mailed to Cherry Hill residents, although there were less than 12,000 votes cast during the bond referendum vote.

Historical Perspective

During the past three years, the Board of Education has adopted sequential goals (see below) that have led the district to the referendum vote.

Board Goals – 2016-2017

  1. Establish a strategic plan that identifies and categorizes the district’s needs through the development of “Cherry Hill Public Schools 2020: A clear vision for the future”

Within the 20162017 academic year the following measurable actions will be addressed:

  • Define the process, categorically, for creating the plan
  • Undertake an examination of and complete a revision of the district’s mission and vision statements
  • Maintain the focus of all work to be undertaken on the foundation of the student learning experience
  • Definition and scope of work, directed by Board committees:
    • CHPS 2020 (Strategic Planning)
    • Facilities and Infrastructure (C&I, B&F)
      • Instructional, non-instructional, co-curricular, extra-curricular, athletic
    • Materials/supplies/services (C&I, B&F, P&L)
      • Instructional, non-instructional, co-curricular, extra-curricular, athletic
    • Staffing (C&I, HR, B&F)
      • Instructional, non-instructional, co-curricular, extra-curricular, athletic
    • Process and governance (C&I, B&F, P&L, HR)
      • Instructional, non-instructional, co-curricular, extra-curricular, athletic
    • Finance and Cost
      • Instructional, non-instructional, co-curricular, extra-curricular, athletic
    • Other
      • Instructional, non-instructional, co-curricular, extra-curricular, athletic

Adopted July 26, 2016

Board Goals – 2017-2018

  1. Create an actionable plan, “Cherry Hill Public Schools 2020: A clear vision for the future,” to encompass items to be included in a referendum

Within the 20172018 academic year the following measurable actions will be addressed:

  • Identify capital projects
    • Short term and long term, prioritized and categorized on a need basis
  • Define and advertise the process for the creation of the plan
  • Follow and implement the timeline of events to be prepared for a referendum vote on September 25, 2018

Adopted July 25, 2017

Board Goals – 2018-2019

  1. Create an actionable plan, “Bond 2018,” to continually update items included in the 2018 bond referendum

Within the 20182019 academic year the following measurable actions will be addressed:

  • Identify capital projects to be completed under the bond
    • Include timeline
    • Descriptions
    • Visual aids, including video, for each school
  • Publicize the progress of the projects on a continual basis, on the district and school websites, on social media and through conventional news media

Adopted July 10, 2018

The development of these sequential goals publicly indicated, with an accountable measure of completion, the path that the Board of Education and the school district were traveling, culminating in the bond referendum vote as the previous outstanding debt in the district was retired.

After a great deal of reflection and discussion with the central administrative team, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche recommended to the Board of Education at the Action Meeting on December 18, 2018 not to put the same three proposals out to vote on March 12, 2018. Discussion ensued at that meeting among the Board members about next steps. No action was taken at the December 18, 2018 meeting. It was agreed, however, that we shall move forward. There is work to be done and the children will continue to arrive each school day.

As a district we will redefine the path and the direction of the bond, knowing the sometimes arduous journey is worthwhile and necessary. Our mission has not changed. This is not a Quixotic quest. Critical work (safety & security, infrastructure, and ongoing and preventative maintenance) must be completed in our schools. The safety and security of our children and staff is paramount and the needs of our schools are real and pressing. We are seeking community input as we craft a new bond for future consideration. Please attend one of the five OPEN PUBLIC FORUMS in February and March 2019 to give your input on the next Bond Referendum. Each 75-minute session will be conducted by a professional moderator. Be prepared for group discussions and to share ideas.