By AUBRIE GEORGE
The Moorestown Sun
Moorestown voters headed tothe polls last week for the annualschool election and the results arein: the school district’s proposed2011-12 budget has passed.According to results releasedby the school district, 2,066 voterssaid yes to the MTPS proposedtax levy and 1,076 voters said noto the budget.“The entire educational com-munity deeply appreciates thesupport of the township’s voters.We remain fully committed toproviding all of our 4,200 studentswith a distinctive, high qualityeducational experience,” Super-intendent John Bach said.The budget carries a 1.19 per-cent tax levy increase over lastyear. Residents in the average as-sessed home of $534,100 will payan increase of $80 per year, or$6.67 per month, in school taxes.The approved budget includesthe elimination of 31 full-timeequivalent positions for the com-ing school year, reductions thatwill result in elimination andmodifications to programs acrossthe district.Reductions include the elimi-nation of two full-time-equivalentteaching positions in the elemen-tary schools based on enrollmentprojections, one auditory impair-ment interpreter because the pro-gram is being eliminated acrossthe district, one teacher and oneparaprofessional position due tothe elimination of the pre firstprogram, one challenge programposition and one world languageteacher.At Moorestown Upper Elemen-tary School, two FTE teacher po-sitions and one secretarial posi-tion will be nixed due to enroll-ment projections and efficiencies.A technology teacher will beeliminated, modifying technologyas a stand-alone program, andone world languages teacher posi-tion will be eliminated.At the William Allen MiddleSchool, one family and consumerscience position will be eliminat-ed, in addition to one careersteaching position and one worldlanguages position.Cuts at Moorestown HighSchool include the elimination of a secretary position, one building
By AUBRIE GEORGE
The Moorestown Sun
There was rain, thunder andlightning in the forecast lastweek, but that didn’t stop a newplayground from rising at thehands of the Moorestown com-munity.Lead by Leathers and Associ-ates, the Friends of Fullerton,hundreds of community volun-teers were out at Fullerton Park,rain or shine, working for fivedays straight to build a play-ground as special as the one it isreplacing.Plenty of community membersstepped up to the challenge lastweek, including some local ath-letes.The Moorestown seventh-grade girls, the Moorestown fifth-grade girls, and the Moorestownseventh-grade boys black andgold lacrosse teams stepped up tohelp with the build from the veryfirst day.Coach Tim Monahan said thegroup of athletes planned to pro-vide the people power necessaryto help move equipment and ma-terials to the construction site.They put on their work boots,grabbed some tools, and sportedtheir black and gold as theyhelped the Friends of Fullertonkick off a successful build.Monahan said the coaches of Moorestown Lacrosse Club havereally put an emphasis this yearon the importance of the athletesbeing community leaders androle models in the community.“All of the coaches have reallystressed leadership, communityservice and giving back to thesport, to the club and to thetown,” he said.In addition to manual laborthat the club put in, seventh andfifth graders visited the site toserve up a much-needed icecream break for all those who hadbeen hard at work on the build.There were other special ap-pearances last week as well, in-cluding some help from PaulFullerton and some of his class-mates from nearby Mt. Laurel.Paul is a grandson of FrankFullerton Sr., who lost life in theline of duty in 1979 and for whomthe park was named.The playground was scheduledfor a soft opening on Sundayevening. Mayor John Button wasscheduled to attend the officialopen along with some of FrankFullerton’s family members, in-cluding his youngest sister AliceFullerton, who is a Moorestownresident.
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Throngs of neighbors turned out to participate in the rebuilding of Fullerton Park.
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