Anne Einhorn discusses why it is important for residents to approve the Dec. 11 referendum.
Editor’s Note: The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Cherry Hill resident Anne Einhorn.
The proposed 2018 Cherry Hill Public School District bond referendum is about two things — our children and safeguarding the future of our town. It includes critical infrastructure upgrades to electrical systems, roof replacements, HVAC system replacements, asbestos abatement, security upgrades and so much more. Unfortunately, the district has lost $150 million over 10 years due to a severe lack of fair funding from the state of New Jersey. As a result, district administration has been forced to make tough budget decisions to allocate their limited financial resources to what is most important — teachers, staff and programs for our students. That being said, we’re now at a breaking point, both literally and figuratively, and we must take action.
The projects outlined in this bond are not simply wants — they are desperate needs. At an average cost of 64 cents per day, we can continue to keep the highest standards of education in buildings that are structurally safe and environmentally balanced.
Cherry Hill is a diverse community with engaged citizens, but one thing has remained the same for decades: our children come first. If you don’t have a child in the school system, you still have a major stake in this referendum — pass the bond for the betterment of our community overall and to maintain our home values.
I have always stated that people do not move to our great community of Cherry Hill for the shopping, but for our excellent schools. Let’s do the right thing for our community and our children and vote yes on Dec. 11 to all three bond questions.