Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.
Lauren Chen lead the pack at the golf classic, and two MHS students are advocating for gun violence change. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.
Moorestown Board of Education adopts 2018–2019 budget with school tax increase
The Moorestown Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2018–2019 budget at last Tuesday night’s special meeting, and residents can expect a tax increase with the average assessed home valued at $450,470 facing an additional $92 in school taxes. The total budget is $72,046,232 with approximately $62,936,029 to be raised through taxation. The district received a 9.4 percent increase in state aid this year, which resulted in approximately $300,000 in additional funding.
Lauren Chen leads Moorestown girls golf at LPGA Girls Golf Classic
A hilly course, gusty winds and fast greens couldn’t slow down Moorestown High School’s Lauren Chen at Old York Country Club in Chesterfield last Monday. Chen outscored most of the 92 competitors in last week’s GolfU LPGA Girls Golf Classic, shooting 45 in the nine-hole competition to finish in a tie for fifth place. Chen’s efforts helped Moorestown to a second place finish in the team competition. The Quakers shot 212; finishing four strokes behind first place West Windsor-Plainsboro South.
Two pastors work to end ‘the most segregated hour’
Destiny Church, a predominately African American church, is merging with Maranatha Christian Fellowship, a predominantly caucasian church, in a joint effort to work toward ending this segregated hour. The merger will take place on July 8, and once the two churches become one, Leath and Bowen will share pastoral responsibilities as the two congregations gather under one roof.
Champions for change: MHS juniors advocate for gun violence prevention
Moorestown High School junior Anjali Akula said too often movements build momentum only to die. Akula, along with her friend and fellow MHS junior Leslie Cheng, are doing their part to keep the fight against gun violence alive. They have taken it upon themselves to meet with their representatives, including Sen. Cory Booker, to discuss advocacy strategies and how they can be a force for change.