Weekly Roundup: News from Monday’s Cherry Hill BOE meeting leads the headlines

Residents got their first glimpse of this year’s 2017–18 preliminary school budget and spoke out again about a change in the elementary school concert schedule.

Cherry Hill residents got a peak at what their school tax bill may look like this year and elementary school music parents may soon receive news about what this spring’s concert schedule will look like. Get caught up on the biggest stories of the week in the Weekly Roundup.

Tax increase part of Cherry Hill Public Schools 2017–18 preliminary budget

The Cherry Hill Board of Education adopted its 2017–18 preliminary budget last Monday night during its work session meeting. The budget includes a 2.93 percent increase in taxes. Residents with an average assessed home of $224,200 would see an increase of $142.30 in school taxes. The budget has been sent to the county superintendent for approval. A public hearing will be held later in the spring.

Announcement on elementary school concert schedule expected soon

Parents in Cherry Hill Public Schools could soon learn what will happen with the elementary school concert schedule in the district. Superintendent Joe Meloche said discussions about the elementary school concert schedule are continuing and an announcement is expected by March 28. Parents have been protesting a change to move elementary school concerts to the school day.

Cherry Hill Township moving ahead with Hampton Road redevelopment plan

Last Monday, the Cherry Hill Township Planning Board approved a recommendation for Cherry Hill Township Council to adopt a redevelopment plan for the Hampton Road gateway area. The proposed redevelopment would bring 300 residential units to the former Saunders Publishing Building, two other commercial office buildings and two parcels of undeveloped wooded land near the Still Park neighborhood.

Stankiewicz and DiVietro determined to make Cherry Hill West baseball a winner in 2017

Cherry Hill High School West baseball has had lots of regular season success the last two seasons, but a deep postseason run has eluded the Lions. Senior John Stankiewicz and junior Nick DiVietro hope to change that this season. Both players are set on leading the Lions back to championship form for the first time in more than 20 years.

Sophomore core hoping to boost Cherry Hill West softball

Last year’s Cherry Hill West softball team received a boost from four freshmen who became key parts of the Lions’ starting lineup. After helping Cherry Hill West to a stunning postseason upset in the first round of the South Jersey Group III playoffs last year, sophomores Meghan Davis, Rachel Kubrak, Kayla Posten and Amelia Sims are ready to prove last season’s finish wasn’t a fluke.