Focus on the Future

WATCH: Presentation on survey takeaways

More than 1,000 Moorestown residents shared their perspectives through the pre-referendum survey. Interim Superintendent Joe Bollendorf discussed the results at the June 18 Board of Education meeting. Here's a guide to find topics of interest:

34:00 – Steps in referendum process  

35:29 – Who responded to survey 

40:10 – Creating an elementary culture at UES 

42:00 – What is a flexible learning space?  

43:42 – Why third-graders can't stay where they are 

45:20 – Upgrading HVAC  

47:02 – Addressing traffic issues  

48:33 – Questions from the community  

55:21 – General takeaways  

56:40 – Next steps for communication  

Students sit around a lab table creating origami cranes.

Path to a bond referendum

Moorestown Township schools are among the best in New Jersey, known for academic excellence and valuable extracurricular opportunities.  

Some of our district's buildings and infrastructure need attention to match the high-caliber education we provide. Older HVAC systems and roofs are ready for replacement, space is insufficient for current and future students, and athletic areas are due for improvement, among other issues. 

We owe it to our students and staff to continue providing an environment that best supports instructional needs. 

We are in the process of preparing for the future by taking steps toward a referendum in March 2025. Check this website often for updates and community engagement opportunities.

Upgrades under consideration 

Comparison between Annual Budget vs. Referendum - Annual Budget uses local funding only, while a referendum uses local funding and state funding.

Responsible planning benefits everyone

Students and staff: Renovations would improve student spaces in every school. Updates also would create the space and flexibility needed to reduce class sizes and accommodate various learning needs.  

Community members: All residents can take pride in the excellent school system that helps define Moorestown Township. Some projects under consideration include spaces that are or would be used by the community. 

Taxpayers: When repairs and other projects are included in the annual budget, local taxes cover the entire cost. Through a bond referendum, the state pays for a percentage of the projects, reducing the amount needed from taxpayers. The state will review the district’s proposal before notifying us of the amount of aid we’d receive with voter approval. That information will be shared on this website once it is available.  


Space issues are curricular issues 

What's different about this proposal?

Moorestown Township Public Schools held an unsuccessful bond referendum in 2019. Some of the same building needs still exist, since there’s simply no way to address most large-scale improvements through the regular budget. 

We listened to the community’s feedback after the last vote, and we are taking a different, more holistic approach. We know that individual projects must work together to make the whole district stronger. One such idea is to address space needs by shifting third grade to UES, and updating that building with an elementary focus that gives our district four elementary schools.   

Also, we’re eyeing improvements that are more sustainable, such as creating a sixth-grade section of the middle school instead of adding individual classrooms in different parts of the building.

How can the community stay involved?

We want the community to be part of this process, which is why we’re soliciting input from the public through a survey in May.

We will discuss takeaways from that survey at our June 18 Board of Education meeting, before we submit proposed projects for state review. 

Leading up to the referendum, we will inform and engage the community through an expanded website, social media, printed materials, outreach events and more. We look forward to creating the best possible future for our students and community. 

Follow the steps in the referendum process. District asks architects to assess how buildings can support goals. Architects make recommendations to the Board of Education. District seeks community input to refine proposed projects. Board sends proposal to state for review. District continues engaging community, answering questions. Community votes.
FVHD District-Wide Project Planning_accessible.pdf
MTPS Team Presentation for April 30 _accessible.pdf