Pennsauken voters reject school proposal
For the second time in four months, residents have rejected a plan to build a new school here.
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#1 Jan 27, 2010
Did everyone that vote NO in Pennsauken really know the true conditions of both of these schools? How about the fact that disabled children that live mere feet away from Longfellow have to travel great distances to get to an accessable school. Central is closed for serious reasons that would affect not only the children but any worker or vistor that entered through the doors of a unhealthy corpse of a school. The thought of these two outdated shells called schools would remain is CRAZY! I too went to Longfellow, haved lived here 30+ years, pay my taxes, had issues good and bad with the township, care about my trash going from 2 days to one (which is okay with me - it's trash!)
Really how could you vote no to such a needed improvement not only for Pennsauken children (BTW- I have none - so you can't say its because I want a new school for my kid and becasue your older and have no kids in the system you should not have to pay for the schools anyway), but for Pennsauken overall.
#2 Feb 2, 2010
I voted no because the schools we do have are pathetic. Why should we pay for a new school that is not going to have our kids pass a basic skills test.
#3 Feb 28, 2010
when I read this is disheartned me...new schools would inspire teachers and students to do better, i'm real disappointed with my town.
#4 Mar 8, 2010
How is a new building going to inspire students? Pennsauken is very near the bottom in the county for school performance only camden scores lower.Like it or not there is a reason for that. The town is changing from mostly white to hispanic and black. Many but not all of the people moving in don't share the same values as the whites they are displacing.
Until this town faces up to the truth nothing will change. Don't believe me well haddonfield memorial h.s. was built 80+ years ago and it is the top s.j. school. Atlantic city has the nicest h.s. building in all of s.j. However it scores near the bottom.
I rest my case. You can't spend your way to bettor performing schools,the parents or parent think the entire education,discipline burden is on the school.The child is in a culture of failure,you can't change that without some serious boot camp type envirments.
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