• Lenape Regional High School District BOE Adopts 2018/2019 Budget

    Special Education Program and Staff Added; Maintains Regular Education Programs and Staff

    On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) Board of Education adopted a $162.6 million dollar budget for the 2018/2019 school year, a 2.19 percent increase from the current school year.

    During the budget presentation, LRHSD Board of Education member David Stow, emphasized the board’s commitment to fiscal responsibility to the communities served by the district. According to the New Jersey Department of Education’s Taxpayers’ Guide to Education, LRHSD is ranked, among like districts, first and second in the state for least number of administrators per faculty member and per student, respectively. And, LRHSD spends well below the state mandated regional limit on administrative costs per pupil. Stow also announced the board, upon the administration’s recommendation, will be eliminating one administrative position by not filling the Cherokee South principal position vacated by Len Iannelli’s retirement, effective September 1, 2018.

    State aid to the LRHSD represents a two percent (2%) increase, totaling a little over $29 million for the 2018/2019 school year. However, LRHSD’s current state aid is still $1.724 million less than what LRHSD received ten years ago.

    The proposed budget adds no new regular education programs or positions. However, the increase of 159 special education students for the 2018/2019 school year has prompted the district to add a special education program and additional special education teachers. The additional state aid and funds from the general budget also will be used to upgrade current security equipment, add security to building entrances, increase police presence and purchase additional MAC computers for student use.

    “Although LRHSD is faced with minimal funding from the State of NJ, $4,342 per pupil, we continue to excel as one of the top regional school districts in the state with overwhelming support from our communities,” said Stow.

    Board of Education President Cookie Estlow echoed Stow’s gratitude to the communities for their generous support.

    “The students benefit from the generosity of the residents and businesses in the communities we serve,” said Estlow. “We are thankful to everyone who has given generously, donating time and talent as well as nearly $173,000 this school year alone,” she added.

    “Accepting financial support from our community has helped make it possible for us to bridge the gap to improve athletic facilities, purchase new equipment and support innovative programs to benefit our students,” said Superintendent of Schools, Carol Birnbohm, Ed.D. According to Birnbohm, since 1994/1995, state aid to the LRHSD has continued to comprise a lower percentage of the annual budget, declining from nearly 40 percent to just 20.2 percent of next year’s proposed budget.

    As one of the highest achieving districts in the state, innovation, creativity and achievement are integral to the LRHSD’s success. With an average graduation rate of 96.1 percent among its four high schools, nearly 90.9 percent of the class of 2017 continued their education at more than 280 different four-year and two-year colleges and universities.

    According to Birnbohm, LRHSD students’ academic success tells only part of the story. “Our staff and students are regional, state and national award winners and champions,” said Birnbohm.  “They’ve won awards for Special Education programs, Marching Band, Business, Fine Arts, Robotics, Community Service and JROTC, not to mention athletics. “

    Highlights of awards and accolades in this school year alone include: Lenape/Cherokee STORM Robotics Team – about 40 students – is currently competing at the world championships in Detroit; Lenape and Seneca high schools have each been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School this year for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Engineering (just 133 high schools across the U.S. have received this honor); three LRHSD seniors this year are National Merit Finalists (the LRHSD has a history of having multiple National Merit Finalists).

    • Evesham Township – Tax levy increase of 1.08 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $33.41 on a home assessed at the township average of $270,500.

    • Medford Lakes Borough - Tax levy increase of 7.24 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $204.32 on a home assessed at the borough average of $285,500.

    • Medford Township – Tax levy increase of 0.54 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $11.58 on a home assessed at the township average of $326,300.

    • Mt. Laurel Township – Tax levy increase of 3.51 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $82.79 on a home assessed at the township average of $237,600.

    • Shamong Township – Tax levy decrease of 0.99 cents, resulting in a decrease in regional school taxes of $27.95 on a home assessed at the township average of $308,482.

    • Southampton Township – Tax levy decrease of 4.02 cents, resulting in a decrease in regional school taxes of $76.66 on a home assessed at the township average of $192,218.

    • Tabernacle Township – Tax levy increase of 0.50 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $18.41 on a home assessed at the township average of $264,225.

    • Woodland Township – Tax levy increase of 5.03 cents, resulting in an increase in regional school taxes of $113.79 on a home assessed at the township average of $256,900.

    For more information, contact Business Administrator, Connie Stewart at 609-268-2000, ext. 5536 or cstewart@lrhsd.org.