Voters delivered mixed results Tuesday in two of three South Jersey school districts on whether to approve bond-issue borrowing for big-ticket improvement projects.
By more than a 2-1 ratio, according to unofficial results, voters in Pennsauken said yes to a $36 million bond issue that would help pay for a security system that involves the installation of "mousetrap" vestibules in all 11 district schools. The vestibules would be equipped with bulletproof glass and two sets of doors that require a buzzer entry.
The bond funding also would go to demolishing Longfellow Elementary School and building a community park and playground on the site, adding classrooms at Phifer Middle School, and turning Roosevelt Elementary into a magnet school. Pennsauken High School's athletic complex would get upgrades, including a new turf field with lights for Friday night games.
In Collingswood, voters overwhelmingly decided against approving $13.7 million in bonds to pay for a replacement sports stadium, a turf field, and a six-lane track. Under the plan, all schools would have gotten new playground surfaces, and a free-standing classroom suite would have been created for special-needs students ages 18 to 21 currently housed at the high school.