Weekly Roundup: Mt. Laurel School District strategic planning, police lodge provides safe Halloween

Also read how fifth-grade students in Mt. Laurel collected school supplies for fifth-grade students at an elementary school in Houston.

Elissa Thompson (not pictured) had some help from her 2-year-old son Jack while passing out candy at this week’s Trunk or Treat Safety Check Point on Halloween. The Mt. Laurel Fraternal Order of Police Lodge №191 hosted the event at Parkway Elementary School.

Whether its news about the recently passed Halloween holiday in Mt. Laurel, or news about the upcoming election, catch up on the week that was with The Sun’s “Weekly Roundup” feature.

Community gathers for first in series of Mt. Laurel School District strategic planning meetings

More than 100 members of the Mt. Laurel community gathered this week for the first of three strategic planning meetings as part of the Mt. Laurel School District’s “A Path to Success 2030” initiative. With the input from members of the community this week, along with input from two future meetings, district officials will use the information to develop a strategic-action plan they can follow as guide for the district during the next three years.

Mt. Laurel Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 191 hosts Trunk or Treat Safety Check Point

From left are 2-year-old Jackson Szczerbinski, 9-month-old Easton Beyer and 9-year-old Robbie Beyer at this week’s Trunk or Treat Safety Check Point hosted by the Mt. Laurel Fraternal Order of Police Lodge №191 at Parkway Elementary School.

While Mt. Laurel’s youngest were out trick-or-treating on Halloween, members from the Mt. Laurel Fraternal Order of Police Lodge №191 were also out to help provide a safe environment by hosting the second year of the lodge’s Trunk or Treat Safety Check Point. Centralized in the parking lot of Parkway Elementary School, residents and their children were welcome to stop by anytime between 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween night to receive a free bag for trick or treating, glow sticks to help kids appear more visible in the dark and other treats.

Mt. Laurel residents to cast votes for local and state races on Nov. 7

Tuesday, Nov. 7 is Election Day. Polls are open from 6 a.m. — 8 p.m. Mt. Laurel residents will be able to vote in races for the Mt. Laurel Schools Board of Education, Lenape Regional High School District Board of Education, Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, General Assembly, State Senate and governor and lieutenant governor of New Jersey. Voters in Mt. Laurel will also vote on two state public questions and a local question.

Fifth-graders at Mount Laurel’s Hartford School help students in Houston after Hurricane Harvey

According to the Mt. Laurel School District, when Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston in August, fifth-grade teacher Douglas Bozarth at Mt. Laurel’s Hartford School immediately thought of the many schools in Houston that were about to begin a new school year. Flash forward, and Bozarth’s students eventually collected hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies and filled seven large boxes to ship to students at an elementary school in Texas.

Mt. Laurel voters to decide change in how township is able to spend open space money

This year voters in Mt. Laurel will have to decide on whether to allow the township to modify how it can spend the money collected from residents’ open space taxes. Currently township officials cannot use open space funds for improvements and general upkeep of open space properties once the township has acquired them, and instead must find the money elsewhere in the township’s budget or through grants. As noted repeatedly by township officials and members of council, this change would not increase the township’s open tax rate or raise residents’ open space taxes in any way.