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MARCH 915, 2016

Laughing with literacy

Evesham school district


officials consider closing
elementary school due
to declining enrollment
By ZANE CLARK
The Sun
Evesham Township School District Superintendent John Scavelli Jr. has once again presented the
board of education and members
of the public with a stark choice:
keep Evans Elementary School
open, or close the school for the
2017-2018 school year, reassign its
students and realize $1.4 million
in savings.
As hes done at multiple meetings over the past several years,
Scavelli once again cited the districts declining enrollment figures as the reason to consider the
closure.
Scavelli noted that while district enrollment once rose as high
as 5,436 students in the 2002-2003
school year, that number has
dropped by nearly 1,000 students
please see STUDENTS, page 13

ZANE CLARK/The Sun

Students at Beeler Elementary School had some fun on Thursday, March 3 when childrens author and illustrator Kevin O'Malley visited to help celebrate literacy week. OMalley illustrated the students tongue twisters in real time, such as the laughing lad lion named
Livermore and leopard named Lucille on a large ladder named Lucy who were ladling lemon lollipops into a ladybug filled lake. For another photo, please see page 12.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE


Schools talk budget
Evesham district may ask
for public referendum. PAGE 6

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . 1519
Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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MARCH 915, 2016 THE MARLTON SUN 3

Cherokee students win spots


with All-State Symphonic Band
and/or the percussive rudiments,
a selected chromatic scale, selected solo excerpts and a challenging short piece that was sightread during the audition. The
students studied and rehearsed
the required materials for countless hours and worked closely
with the band director and private instructors to ensure the
highest levels of performance.
Congratulations to the following students for winning a position with the All-State Symphonic Band: Dave Mosko sixth chair,
trombone; and James Weiss
first chair, bass trombone.

Garden Club of Marlton meets March 10


The Garden Club of Marlton
will hold its next meeting on
Thursday, March 10, at 12:45 p.m.
at The Gibson House, 535 Main St.
The program will be "The Buzz
About Bees" and will be present-

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the audition. The Cherokee High
School Instrumental Music Department directors and administration sponsored five students
for the All-State Band auditions.
Cherokee High School band director Michael Lynch attended the
auditions and participated as a
Region III judge.
Each student was required to
perform all 12 major scales

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Samaritan
gala raises
more than
$194,000
The Star Gala, Samaritan
Healthcare & Hospices annual
event, held on Saturday, Feb. 6, at
the Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill,
raised more than $194,000 to sustain the not-for-profit organizations charitable mission.
Emceed by 6ABC Action News
anchor Rick Williams, the event
included dinner, live music, dancing and a silent auction, with all
proceeds benefitting Samaritans
programs and services for those
coping with serious illness and
grief.
Attended by more than 350
guests, the gala was supported by
its 25 committee and board members, as well as many sponsors
and advertisers. In addition, supporters were able to purchase decorative stars to memorialize loved
ones or the Samaritan staff or
volunteers who assisted in their
care. Winners of the organizations annual Delightful Dining
raffle were Dr. Michael Entmacher and Joanne DeFeo.

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THE MARLTON SUN MARCH 915, 2016

in our opinion

Hello, spring, are you here yet?


Our moods, our businesses, our livelihoods depend on your arrival
arch 20. Eleven more days. It
cant come soon enough. Officially, thats the start of
spring. Whether Mother Nature
agrees, though, is anyones guess at
this point. Early forecasts show she
will be good to us, but how much can
we actually rely on forecasts?
Spring is what we all need. We need
a nice stroll downtown, in the park or
on the boardwalk to reinvigorate us, to
get us out of the doldrum into which
winter plunges us every year, no matter how mild or extreme it is.
We got lucky this winter, with just
one major snowstorm that crippled us
for a week or so. Its been bitter cold at
times, too, as any winter is, and we got
a sprinkling of wet weather last week.

Your thoughts
What are you most looking forward to this
spring? While you are out and about
enjoying what hopefully will be beautiful
weather, send us the photos you take
along the way, and well be happy to share
them with the rest of the town.

But, hey, its in the 70s this week!


No matter how bad it is, winter affects all of our moods, and it affects
our bottom lines, too.
Well most likely be paying more in
taxes, in some way, at some level, for
pothole repairs and salt purchases.
Snow and cold weather affect local
businesses as well, especially retail
shops. Bad weather keeps patrons in-

side. The arrival of spring weather on


a consistent basis will hopefully turn
that around, and quickly.
Cold weather keeps people in the
mindset of no end in sight, and prevents many from taking day trips to
our states wonderful good-weather
spots, or from planning future trips, as
well.
In a little more than 60 days, the official start of the summer beach season
will be here. Does that even sound
right?
The good news is that it started to
warm up this week. Spring really does
look like its right around the corner.
Lets hope Mother Nature cooperates
and doesnt reverse the tide back to
winter. Please spare us!

School district may seek public referendum


Evesham Township School District superintendent says district would need referendum
to pay for expansion of shared service agreement to place police officers in each school
By ZANE CLARK
The Sun
As it stands, the Evesham Township
School District will have to go to voters
with a public referendum this November to
get approval for the money necessary to
fully fund the districts tentative 2016-2017
school year budget.
At a series of community meetings on
Feb. 29 and March 1, Superintendent John
Scavelli Jr. revealed the latest figures regarding the districts tentative budget, currently at $74.12 million.
Scavelli noted there was a $685,000 difference between the districts tentative $74.12
million budget and the $73.43 million the
district can already legally raise through
taxes without special approval from voters.
In comments made to The Sun after the
meetings, Scavelli said the entirety of the

$685,000 would go toward expanding the


shared service agreement between the municipality and the school district that provides police officers for all of Eveshams
schools.
However, according to statements released by the office of Mayor Randy Brown
after the meetings, the district would only
need $200,000 to continue the current
agreement into the 2016-2017 school year.
In response to those statements, Scavelli
told The Sun that figure would not cover
the expanded coverage the district is requesting.
Scavelli said he received the $685,754 figure for expanded coverage from the township in December, and at the time of the
community meetings, he had not yet received a revised quotation.
As such, Scavelli said the district could
not adjust the figure it presented to the

public. However, Scavelli did reiterate a


point he made at the meetings in which he
said the district was continuing to engage
in discussions with the township, and he
believed the $685,000 figure would be lowered over time.
In the statements released by the
mayors office, officials called the current
arrangement a great start and encouraged the district to find money elsewhere
in its budget and avoid a referendum on the
matter.
This should not be hard to do as
$200,000 only represents less than twotenths of 1 percent of the overall school
district budget, the statement read.
According to statements Scavelli made
at the meetings, the district was already at
its tax level cap and cannot fit anything
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MARCH 915, 2016 THE MARLTON SUN 7

LRHSD job fair set for March 16


The Lenape Regional High
School District will host the annual Student Job Fair on Wednesday, March 16 from 4:30 to 7:30
p.m. at Lenape High School. The
job fair is an opportunity for both
employers and district students
to meet and discuss job openings.
This fair is open to students who
are 15 years of age and older from
Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and
Seneca High Schools.
Representatives from local

area businesses will be available


to discuss paid employment and
volunteer opportunities. Students
are asked to dress professionally
to make a great first impression.
Students should bring copies of
their resume to submit to employers. An area for completing working papers has been designated.
More than 50 employers will be in
attendance this year.
Prospective employers, who
would like to participate, please

on campus
Madeline Haftel, a resident of
Marlton and public and community health major, was named to
the dean's list in Ithaca College's
School of Health Sciences and
Human Performance for the fall.
Lauren Tracy of Marlton has
been named to the fall semester
dean's list at Lafayette College.
Marlton native Alexandra Peco-

ra is on the University of Iowa's


dean's list for the fall.
Ariel Davis, a Marlton resident
and a student at Pratt Institute,
was among more than 1,000 students on the fall president's list.
The following Marlton students made the dean's list in the
fall at Pratt Institute: Kathleen
Chen and Zachary Marsh.

register at www.lrhsd.org/jobfairregistration.
For further information, see
www.lrhsd.org/jobfair or contact
Kim
Mileszko
at
kmileszko@lrhsd.org or (609) 6545111, ext. 3515.

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 9
Boppin Babies: Ages 12-24 months.
11 a.m. Evesham Library at 984
Tuckerton Road. Join Ms. Jenn
for a fun circle time with parachute play and more. For 12-24
months. Siblings must remain
seated. Registration is required.

CALENDAR
Register
online
at
www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person or
call the library at (856) 983-1444.
Little Movers and Shakers: Ages 2
to 3. 11 a.m. Evesham Library at
984 Tuckerton Road. Join Ms.
Jenn for a half- hour of musical
fun and movement. Siblings must
remain seated. Registration is

required. Register online at


www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person or
call the library at (856) 983-1444.
Adult Yarn Social: Adult. 11 a.m. Evesham Library at 984 Tuckerton
Road. Knit and/or crochet? Then
come join other knitting and crochet fans for an hour (or more, if
preferred) of relaxed, social yarn
time. Registration is not required.
More information online at
www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person or
call the library at (856) 983-1444.
Refresh & Renew Yoga for Adults
& Teens: Ages 13 and up. 6 p.m.
Evesham Library at 984 Tuckerton Road. Jumpstart your afternoon by energizing, stretching
and relaxing your body. Join the
library for a one-hour yoga class.
Please bring a mat or towel and a
bottle of water and wear comfortable
clothing.
Registration
required. Register online at
www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person or
call the library at (856) 983-1444.
MOMS club: For at-home mothers.
Email
momsclubmarltons@
gmail.com for information.
Preschool storytime: Barnes and
Noble, 200 West Route 70. 11 a.m.
Call 596-7058 for information.
Overeaters Anonymous: 4:15 p.m.
at Prince of Peace Church. Call
(609)
239-0022
or
visit
www.oa.org for information.

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THURSDAY MARCH 10
BNI Evesham Regional Chapter
Lunch: Every Thursday at 11:30
a.m. at Indian Spring Country
Club, 115 S. Elmwood Road. BNI is
a business and professional networking referral organization.
Join us to learn more about how
to grow your business. Call Jim
for details at (856) 669-2602.
BNI Marlton Regional Chapter
Lunch: Every Thursday at 11:30
a.m. at The Mansion, 3000 Main
St., Voorhees. BNI is a business
and professional networking
referral organization. Join us to
learn more about how to grow
your business. Call Ray for details
at (609) 760-0624.
Mat Pilates: Gibson House. Targets
abs, back, posture, balance and
flexibility. Call 985-9792 for information.
Piloxing: Gibson House. Non-contact, explosive boxing drills using
one-pound piloxing gloves. Call
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FRIDAY MARCH 11
Yoga Tyme: Ages 4-7. 10:30 a.m.
Evesham Library at 984 Tuckerton Road. Join Miss Janet for this
innovative program that incorporates learning concepts, music
and yoga into a fun-filled yoga
experience for 4-7 year olds.
Please bring socks. Registration
begins two weeks prior. Register
online at www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in
person or call the library at (856)
983-1444.

SATURDAY MARCH 12
Overeaters Anonymous: 10 a.m. at
Prince of Peace Church. Call
(609)
239-0022
or
visit
www.oa.org for information.

MONDAY MARCH 14
Abrakadoodle: Ages 5-12. 4 p.m.
Evesham Library at 984 Tuckerton Road. Calling all. Kids will
explore and learn while using
their imaginations to create their
own framed masterpiece. The
minimum age is 5 years old no

exceptions. Register online at


www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in person or
call the library at (856) 983-1444.

TUESDAY MARCH 15
Wii for Seniors & Adults: Ages 55
and up. 10:30 a.m. Evesham
Library at 984 Tuckerton Road.
Geared for ages 55 and over, but
open to all adult players. Video
games are not just for kids anymore. See what all the buzz is
about. Bowling, golf, puzzle
games, more. Wii generously
donated by Samost Caregiver
Respite Grant & JFCSSNJ. Registration is required. Register
online at www.bcls.lib.nj.us, in
person or call the library at (856)
983-1444.
Mr. Kajarias Foreign Film Picks
Forbidden Games: Adult. 2
p.m. Evesham Library at 984
Tuckerton Road. Join the library
every month to watch a foreign
film selected by former Drexel
Professor Ramesh Kajaria. Director Ren Clment's bittersweet
drama depicts the ravages of war
on its youngest victims. After
being orphaned when a Nazi
strafing kills her parents and her
dog, 5-year-old Paulette (Brigitte
Fossey) is taken in by farm boy
Michel Dolles (Georges Poujouly)
and his family. While his parents
are busy feuding with their neighbors, the youngsters cope with
the death surrounding them by
creating a cemetery for animals
killed in the fighting. Registration
is not required, but seating is limited.
Toastmasters: Noon. Contact Dave
Balinski at dlbalinski@yahoo.com
or 380-4701.
Overeaters Anonymous: 10 a.m. at
Prince of Peace Church. Call
(609)
239-0022
or
visit
www.oa.org for information.
Marlton Central Networkers Chapter: 11:30 a.m. at Marcos at Indian
Spring, 115 S. Elmwood Road. BNI
meets Tuesdays for lunch. Feel free
to bring plenty of business cards
and a guest or two to find out how a
trade exclusive business networking group can help increase qualified referrals. Call (856) 304-9320
for more information.

10 THE MARLTON SUN MARCH 915, 2016

Cherokees Chadwick, Schwartz


win honors at business event
In February, several business
students in Cherokee's Future
Business Leaders of America
club advanced to the State Leadership Conference and Competitive Events held at Harrahs Conference Center in Atlantic City.
Accompanied by advisor and
business teacher Shellie Hughes,
Justin Becker, Joshua Chadwick,
Ryan Haines, Rebecca Moretti,
Thomas Orth, Dev Patel, Kunal
Patel, Daniel Schwartz, Amy
Smaldone and Addy Wong placed
top in the Southern Region and
qualified to compete in their respective categories.
More than 2,000 students from

across the state competed and two


junior Cherokee students won top
honors. Chadwick placed fifth in
Networking Concepts. Schwartz
placed second in the Business
Calculations category and has
qualified to represent the state of
at the National Leadership Conference
and
Competitive
Events held this summer in Atlanta.
In addition to competitive
events, the Cherokee FBLA chapter also performs community
services activities such as the
semi-annual maintenance of
Tomlinson Mill Road Park for the
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Specific budget expenditures include


telecommunications system, school buses
SPECIFIC
Continued from page 6
more into its tentative budget.
This would have to be a separate proposal, Scavelli said. Its
possible that could change over
time; we have a couple months yet
before that budget gets finalized,
but right now thats the only place
it could be.
By cap level, Scavelli was referring to the fact that for the district to reach the $74.12 million in
total apportions it currently
seeks, it would be required to use
all of its previously stored
banked cap funds. Banked cap is
the legal rule that allows school
districts in New Jersey to bank
the unused amount of tax levy
funds a district could have raised
in a previous year if it was under
the state-mandated 2 percent annual tax levy increase limit.
Since the ETSD has been under
the 2 percent tax levy increase
limit for the past three years,
which is the maximum amount of
time districts can store banked
cap, in the upcoming 2016-2017
budget, the ETSD can exceed the
2 percent tax levy increase limit.
The budget presented by Scavelli at the community meetings
does just that by using the 2 percent max tax levy increase, a .36
percent health-care waiver tax
levy increase offered by the state,
and a 1.5 percent tax levy increase
from bank cap, resulting in a total
3.86 percent tax levy increase.
In practical terms, this means
Evesham homeowners with an
average assessed home of

$269,900 would see their K-8


school taxes increase $83 per year
as the budget stands without the
referendum, or about $100 should
a referendum asking for $685,000
gain voter approval.
The specific budget expenditures Scavelli noted aside from
the officer expansion included
the lease purchase of a new
telecommunications system and
the purchase of new school buses.
Scavelli said the districts current
telecommunications system dates
to the 1990s, and since the district
has been putting off the upgrade
for several years, the situation is
at the point where getting replacement parts has become too
difficult.
Scavelli said by law schools can
only use buses for 15 years, and
Evesham is in the middle of a
cycle where in a five-year period
it must replace half its fleet with
four or five buses each year.
In response to a member of the

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administratively, Scavelli noted
the district already ranked very
favorably in the states eyes with
about 200 students and 20 professional staff members for every
one administrative employee.
Compared to 82 other districts in
similar size and scope to Evesham throughout the state, Scavelli said Evesham had the 16th
lowest administrative costs.
It means that youre putting
money where it belongs, Scavelli
said. It means you're putting
money more into the classroom
as opposed to administrative.
Scavelli also once again noted
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about 82 percent of the districts
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Author visit

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Childrens author and illustrator Kevin O'Malley visited Beeler Elementary School on Thursday,
March 3 during literacy week. OMalley illustrated the students tongue twisters in real time, and
the students had plenty of laughs trying to repeat the silly stories.

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Students would be reassigned

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STUDENTS
Continued from page 1
to 4,440 students in this current
school year.
Scavelli said those numbers
were also supported by the most
recently released birth data statics from the state Department of
Health, which shows 18.2 births
per 1,000 Marlton residents in the
year 1990, then 14 births per 1,000
Marlton residents in the year 2000
and then 9.8 births per 1,000 Marlton residents in the year 2012.
Scavelli said development in
the township has slowed and
changed in recent years, and so
the township is no longer seeing
hundreds of houses being built
and attracting families who have
children.
Our eighth-grade classes leaving are bigger than our kindergarten classes coming in, and
thats been happening over several years, Scavelli said.
Scavelli said enrollment numbers in the coming years are also
projected to continue declining to
4,080 students by the time of the
current farthest projection of the
2020-2021 school year.
Scavelli also attested to the accuracy of the projections, noting
that past projections matched
eventual enrollments within a 9899 percent accuracy level. Scavelli
said current projections also include any planned developments
known by the townships planning and zoning boards.
If its luxury apartments, its
not going to generate kids. Its
just not going to do that, Scavelli
said.

If Evans closes
Should Evans close, Scavelli
said students would be reassigned to different schools based
on their sending zones.
Evans students living in
Heathrow, Pheasant Run, part of
Cambridge Park, Delancy Place
and Tanglewood would go to Beeler Elementary.
Evans students living in the
Tara subdivision and those north
of Marlton Parkway in Sagemore,
part of Willow Ridge, Dominions

West, Arrowhead, West Main


Street and part of East Main
Street would go to Jaggard.
The learning disabled programs at Evans, along with those
students living at London Square,
Marlton Hills, Camelot Apartments, Evesboro West, Westbury
Chase, Hearthstone, Allison and
Nieuw Amsterdam Apartments
and Marlboro, would go to Van
Zant.
Evans students living south of
Marlton Parkway in Glen Eayre
and Euston Road South would go
to Marlton Elementary. Marlton
Elementary would also absorb
current Jaggard students south of
Marlton Parkway in Willow
Ridge, Willow Ridge Apartments
and Ardsley Walk.
With school attendance zones
based more on closer geographic
locations, Scavelli said more students would attend middle school
with all their elementary school
peers, and transportation efficiency would be improved.
Scavelli noted that according to
the state Department of Education Facility Efficiency Standards, all of Eveshams school
buildings fall below their student
capacity levels and would continue to do so even if the school con-

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solidation plan was to move forward.


Scavelli also said if staff members were moved proportionally
to the students as is proposed,
there will be no relative impact
on class sizes at any of the
schools.
Scavelli said the closure would
reduce staffing throughout the
district by 25 employees, with the
loss of one administration employee, 10 professional employees
and 14 support employees. However, Scavelli said the district has
averaged 14 teacher retirements
and 11 support staff retirements
per year since 2010, which would
cover many of the reductions.
Scavelli said if the Evans closure were to go through, Evans
Principal Nick DiBlasi would also
continue with the district.
Van Zant Principal Rosemary
McMullan is retiring from the
district effective in October, and
Scavelli said the district would
appoint an interim principal to
her position until Evans closed
and DiBlasi could fill the roll.
If the board approved the closure of Evans, Scavelli said the
district has no plans to sell the
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school and would instead look to


other potential uses and revenueproducing opportunities for the
building. Scavelli said some of
those uses might be renting classrooms to private schools for students with disabilities, local colleges, local church groups and tutoring or renting the schools allpurpose room and kitchen for
large events.
Regarding the private school,
Scavelli said the district has had
ongoing discussions with a group
for several years, dating back to
when the group was looking to
possibly utilize empty space in
Marlton Middle School where the
districts tuition-based daycare is
now located.
They have an interest in
maybe forming a program for
low-functioning autistic children,
but theres nothing definite,
Scavelli said.
Scavelli said the next BOE
meetings are scheduled for
March 17 and April 28, and he
said he hopes the BOE would discuss the 2017-2018 consolidation
plans at those times.

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Although there were a few,


mostly elderly, citizens at the
meeting who said they lived on
fixed incomes and would welcome any tax break closing Evans
might bring, the majority of residents who spoke at the meeting
were parents and students
against the closure.
Several parents questioned the
difficulties students might face
academically, socially and emotionally when moving to another
school. In response to those fears,
Scavelli said the district was able
to get through a similar situation
when it moved students from one
middle school to another about
five years ago.

No one is saying thats going


to be easy, but with the staff s help
and the parents help, everyone
did a phenomenal job helping
those children through, Scavelli
said.
Scavelli also said the district
would do everything possible to
help families and students make
any transition as smooth as possible.
Resident Jenn Mihalecsko said
she believed some members of
the public had a misconception
that if Evans were to close that
school taxes would go down,
which she did not believe was the
case.
Scavelli noted the Evesham district was similar to most school
districts in that 82 percent of the
districts budget goes toward paying the salaries and benefits of
employees, and so the only way to
ever truly guarantee taxes would
stay the same from year to year
would be to ask employees to
agree to an indefinite wage
freeze.
Some residents also questioned
what would happen if Eveshams
enrollments reversed course and
started to rise over the next 10 or
15 years and Evesham was left
with the need of another school.
Scavelli said that if Evans were
maintained for other purposes as
the district planned in the event
of a closure, he said he believed
there was no reason why the
school could not be reopened if
need be.
However, Scavelli noted that
turnover of older residents to
younger residents was already occurring within the township, and
a previous district study showed
that even in optimal turnover
conditions, data still supported a
decline in enrollment for the community.
When asked if Evans could
close for next school year instead
of two school years from now,
Scavelli said the district was prepared to handle that as well if
that was the direction the board
decided move in.

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