Upcoming Referendum: Maple Shade Township Public School District

by Lisa Ryan, lryannews, for the Burlington County Times

MAPLE SHADE - Voters will decide in Dec. 11 whether to approve a two-question referendum totaling about $50 million that will be used for renovations and reconfiguring the Maude Wilkins and Howard Yocum elementary schools. The work covered under question one of the referendum would impact all four district schools and its central office, costing $44,193,312. Question two deals with work at the Yocum, Wilkins and Ralph J. Steinhauer elementary schools, and would cost $5,587,500.

Maple Shade Schools

The referendum would include:

• Moving all district second-graders to the pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade
Maude Wilkins school, moving special education to Yocum and creating room for a pre-kindergarten general education program there;

• adding nine new classrooms at the Maude Wilkins Elementary;

• adding onto the central office and installing an auxiliary gym for the high school;

• upgrading extensively to the high school weight room and several classrooms;

• installing security vestibules at all school main entrances;

• improving clocks, bells, fire alarms and control systems;

• replacing water fountains (porcelain to electric);

• and make bathrooms and ramps ADA compliant.


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