In the November 2, 2021 General Election, the Lenape Regional High School District will ask voters from Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mt. Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland to consider a bond referendum. Only through this type of vote – cast as part of the November General Election – can the district access more than $24 million in state aid to help pay for about one-third of proposed capital project costs. That new source of state funding means LRHSD could move forward on its projects with ZERO new cost to taxpayers.

Watch our overview video to see the plan to update & enhance all our high schools!

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The Projects section details upgrades and enhancements at each LRHSD school – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca. Many of the enhancements support the goal to create equity across all four district high schools, further uniting these schools as one district with a common mission to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world. The projects are part of the district’s Long-Range Facilities Plan, and many were identified by community members during the 2018 Strategic Planning process as being important for securing the district’s future. Learn more about the steps that LRHSD took to plan its upcoming bond referendum in extensive FAQs.

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HVAC
SYSTEM UPGRADES

Replacing aging Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems at all four schools is among the most significant projects needed for improved efficiency in terms of maintenance and cost savings over time. Such upgrades also would enable the addition of air conditioning to benefit all LRHSD students and staff – especially at a time when building temperatures are further impacted by heat-generating computers now in the hands of just about everyone. Overall, climate control also impacts breathability, energy levels, and mental focus – all of which contribute to quality learning environments.

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CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS

Another proposed project to support students district-wide is the enhancement of classroom spaces to create more in-depth Career Pathway programs. Any LRHSD student could attend the automotive program housed at Seneca High School, the carpentry program housed at Cherokee High School, and the welding/metalwork fabrication program housed at Lenape High School. These career-focused programs would help students prepare to enter the workforce and assist area businesses with finding skilled, motivated employees to join their teams.

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TURF FIELDS AND LED LIGHTING

And, to truly level the playing field for LRHSD student-athletes, the bond proposal includes turf fields at Lenape and Seneca; Cherokee and Shawnee already benefit from practicing and playing on turf. The new turf fields would be designed for multi-sport use – giving male and female teams equal access to high-quality playing surfaces. And, community sports organizations would have access to them when not in use by the high schools.

A high-achieving district is what taxpayers have come to expect from the LRHSD.

The relationship between the school and community is a critical and interdependent one.

Strong schools and strong communities go hand in hand.

Taxpayers throughout the Lenape District communities will have the opportunity to invest in the district’s future with a strong return on that investment. Community members will vote in the November 2, 2021 General Election on the LRHSD’s bond proposal to support specific and well-thought-out plans to ensure the district’s future with a ZERO tax impact.

How can LRHSD accomplish its list of projects without adding to taxes?

THE ANSWER: STATE AID!

The State of New Jersey sets aside some of its revenue to help public school districts make capital improvements. That specific kind of aid is only available to districts where voters approved a bond referendum, and only for specific projects that are tied to the educational program. For LRHSD, state aid is projected to total more than $24 million. That’s $24 million ONLY available if the district funds proposed capital improvements through a voter-approved bond referendum.

The LRHSD and many of its sending districts have felt the burden of drastic cuts in annual state aid as a result of the S-2 school-funding “reform” bill. A voter-approved bond referendum enables the district to take advantage of a separate pot of funding available from the state.

For specific funding information, please visit the Finances section.

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The Board of Education has dedicated these pages to providing information about the bond referendum. Accurate and up-to-date information will be shared here. If you have a question that isn’t addressed on this site, including the extensive FAQs page, send it to lrhsdvote@lrhsd.org.