Lawrence school referendum passes,
139-91


Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By JEAN JONES
jeanjones@fast.net

LAWRENCE TWP. - Voters here approved a school referendum, 139 to 91, to build additional classrooms at Myron L. Powell School and perform various upgrades as part of a $6 million project designed by Garrison Architects of Mt. Laurel.

Interim superintendent Tom Smith was elated.

"I think the people made the right decision, said Smith. "They were looking at how much the state was going to give us and that swayed the vote.

"They also realized the kids needed the upgraded facility.

Voters were asked to fund $2.2 million of the expense.

Myron L. Powell School, built in 1954, with additions in 1965 and 1999, has been bulging at the seams for the past several years.

Construction of new homes and sales of homes by older residents to young couples with children increased the school population to the point where two mobile classrooms in the form of trailers have been installed at the school. Class size still is as large as 28 pupils in some rooms and other rooms serve multiple purposes.

A new roof over the two older sections of the school and improved security measures also were included in the planned expansion.

The $2.2 million bond issue was proposed in addition to a $4 million grant from the Department of Education, which would be lost if the referendum failed, and $300,000 the school district had in a capital improvement fund.

 

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