Friday, November 15, 2002
By Theresa Katalinas firstname.lastname@example.org
WOOLWICH TWP. -- The board of education here plans to offer a $75,000
goodwill down payment on land earmarked for a future middle school.
Superintendent Terrence Crowley said the board has voted to propose
$900,000 as the purchase price for a 35-acre tract north of the existing
Kingsway Regional complex.
Crowley said previously that the school is overpopulated and touts a
10 percent growth each school year.
He said the board-approved down payment is necessary in preventing other
parties from purchasing the land. Under the pact, the district would
be required to supply the remaining $825,000 within one year.
The plan comes months after the Department of Education upheld decisions
in Swedesboro, Woolwich, East Greenwich and South Harrison townships
to cut $1 million from the 2002-2003 voter-defeated school budget.
If landowners Casella Brothers accept the offer, Crowley said the district
would construct a brand-new seventh- and eighth-grade middle school
able to house an estimated 800 students, to a design by Garrison
Architects of Mt. Laurel, who were the architects for the recent
"Our offer will be presented to the owners probably Monday,"
Crowley said Thursday. "Hopefully, we'll get a response in a week
Attorney Angelo Falciani, who is representing Casella Brothers, would
not comment on the possible transaction.
Crowley said it's too early to determine an overall cost, but said he
anticipates a voter referendum for a probable 25-year bond issuance.
Crowley said the one-year construction will follow four or five months