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Weekly Roundup: School budget, Swimmer of the Year top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Moorestown Township Schools submitted their preliminary budget, and MHS has a swimmer of the year in their midst. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Boys Swimmer of the Year: Moorestown’s Josh Fong dominant in butterfly

Moorestown High School senior swimmer Josh Fong is used to seeing himself compared to his older brother, Zach Fong.

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A 2015 Moorestown graduate, Zach was a 2014 state champion in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle and is wrapping up an All-American college swimming career with the University of Virginia, where he will graduate from this spring.

School board passes preliminary budget with school tax increase

Moorestown residents could be in for another year of tax increases. The 2019–2020 tentative budget passed at the most recent Moorestown Board of Education meeting has the district growing its budget to the 2 percent allowable tax cap. The preliminary budget includes a $96.57 school tax increase for the average assessed home valued at $454,032.

The board unanimously passed the preliminary budget for submission to the executive county superintendent of schools for approval last Tuesday night. The total budget is $74,310,577, with approximately $64,194,749 to be raised through taxation.

MHS alum tells a different kind of story

Special to the Sun

Growing up in Moorestown, writing was simply an outlet for Carla Siravo to express her creativity. She sort of gave up the hobby while she was attending Rutgers University. But her time with Teach for America showed her young students have important stories to tell, and she wanted to tell them.

Inspired by her students at Mastery Charter School — Cramer Hill in Camden, Siravo has created a different kind of children’s book. Her first publication, “Hugh Manatee for President,” tells the story of students who fear facing discrimination, and she hopes her story helps cultivate a little more empathy among the next generation.

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