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July 4, 2012 | By James Osborne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The historic Bancroft school property in Haddonfield will be purchased by the school district and converted into a park, athletic fields, and a site for the expansion of the adjacent Haddonfield Memorial High School, under the terms of a deal announced by officials today. The fate of the 19-acre property, set in Haddonfield's historic district, has been an issue since 2005 when Bancroft, which serves developmentally disabled students, announced its intention to move. Controversy arose two years ago when borough commissioners floated the idea of turning the school into a senior housing development, drawing protests from the town's affluent residents who demanded that the land be preserved as a park.
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January 23, 2013 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Haddonfield voters narrowly rejected the purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft School in a referendum Tuesday . The "no" vote sends an eight-year debate about the future of the property, which is adjacent to Haddonfield High School, back to square one. The Haddonfield Board of Education had asked voters to approve a $12.5 million bond for the purchase. If the bond had been approved, the land was to have been used for athletic fields, recreation, parking, open space, and educational facilities.
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January 25, 2013 | By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bancroft School has sought since 2005 to sell its Haddonfield campus, with plans to buy land elsewhere and build a facility more suited to its needs. Now, eight years and several failed sale attempts later, with borough voters Tuesday rejecting a $12.5 million referendum to purchase the property, Bancroft officials say they will instead move quickly to renovate the campus. "We need to begin modernizing our facility," Toni Pergolin, Bancroft's president and chief executive officer, said after the vote.
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March 19, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Haddonfield United, a grassroots group that marshaled opposition to a referendum that would have let the school district buy the Bancroft School property two years ago, has come out against the site's becoming a drug and alcohol treatment center. "Although detox and rehabilitation centers provide important services to those addicted to drugs and alcohol," said group founder Brian Kelly, "the location of the proposed complex is highly inappropriate and incongruous with its surroundings, as the site is immediately next to the high school, about 150 yards from Tatem Elementary School, and in the middle of a compact residential neighborhood.
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January 15, 2013 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yard signs are sprouting and the campaign is heating up as Haddonfield residents approach a Jan. 22 vote on a $12.5 million school district bond to purchase the 19.2-acre Bancroft School property. A "yes" vote would mean the Bancroft land, adjacent to the high school, would eventually become home to a new school athletic field, recreation areas, parking, open space, and educational facilities. Bancroft now uses the campus to educate students with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
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July 6, 2000 | By Adam L. Cataldo, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
About 100 residents attended last night's planning board meeting to oppose a plan that they contend would make it much easier for the Bancroft School to obtain permission for future development. The proposal is contained in a draft of the borough's new master plan. It calls on the school, which educates special-needs children, to develop a master plan of its own. If that is done, Bancroft would go to the planning board for approval of any changes to the school. Currently, it must go to the zoning board.
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March 8, 1998 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Karen Stone is grateful. That sentiment is directed to the educators who helped her mentally retarded son become a self-reliant and very confident young man. And now, she wants to say "thank you" to Bancroft School in Haddonfield. Stone, a teacher at Lenape High School, is asking her students to play basketball to raise funds for Bancroft students. On Friday, the high school's student council will sponsor a basketball game featuring Lenape students against a Special Olympics team from Bancroft.
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April 24, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer J. Brian O'Neill unveiled at a community meeting Wednesday night some of the details of the drug and alcohol treatment center he wants to create on Haddonfield's Bancroft School campus. His Haddonfield Recovery Center of America, one of about 15 he plans to create, would feature boutique, hotel-like accommodations and a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient care, O'Neill said. He ran through slides of daunting statistics about rising rates of drug abuse, including among teenagers; the lack of treatment; and the need for it. "This is a disease that does not discriminate," he said.
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March 23, 1997 | By Lillian Weis, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dan Whalen had been a Boy Scout since he was 5 years old. For him, it was only natural to go the distance and seek the coveted Eagle Scout badge. And last summer, when it came time to choose his project, he looked close to home. The Bancroft School - just down the street from his house - was a familiar part of Whalen's life. He passed it every day, and often saw children playing on the lawn. One day, in a burst of inspiration, he knew what his project would be. Now, thanks to Whalen, 17, the school for developmentally disabled children and young adults has a collection of more than 1,000 books, as well as a computer database to keep track of them.
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April 16, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When Jean Nuneville met Shirley Geddes Keown, they were both teachers of special-needs youngsters. "I probably knew her for 50, 60 years," said Nuneville, a former teacher at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield. Mrs. Keown taught public school classes in Haddon Township. Over the years, Nuneville said, the women and their husbands shared much, but the women's decision to focus on special-needs children was their beginning bond. When asked why that was her choice, Nuneville said, Mrs. Keown had an immediate answer: That's where the need was. On Monday, April 11, Mrs. Keown, 88, a Haddon Township teacher from 1960 to her retirement in 1985, died of heart failure at the retirement community Cadbury at Cherry Hill.
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April 8, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Bancroft, a historic presence in Haddonfield, has finalized its acquisition of 80 acres in Mount Laurel, school officials announced this week. "It's the closing of the sale, so the property is ours," Bancroft spokeswoman Lori Shaffer said Wednesday. The Burlington County site will be home to the relocated Bancroft School, as well as the Lindens Center for Autism, residences, an enrichment and training institute, and new programs for recreation, socialization, and technical opportunities for children and adults.
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March 29, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Haddonfield's Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting April 6 on proposed plans to buy and redevelop the current site of the Bancroft School. Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak that evening. The commissioners are then expected to give approval to the redevelopment plan for the 19.2-acre site. It will probably be quite a while before specific details of the project are known and approved. But plan approval that night would bring the project further along.
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February 18, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
The current principal of the Bancroft School in Haddonfield has been selected as the new head of school of Haddonfield Friends School. Matthew Sharp of Cherry Hill will start his new post July 1. "The Haddonfield Friends School community is excited to have someone as talented and respected as Matthew Sharp as our new head of school," said Louise Senopoulos, clerk of the Quaker school's board of trustees and a member of the search committee....
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January 14, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
The Haddonfield Board of Commissioners approved two agreements-in-principle Tuesday night that could lead to the borough's purchasing the Bancroft School property for public use and private housing, but not for a contested drug and alcohol treatment center. Both proposed agreements are subject to action by the borough planning board, public discussion, and further action and approval by the commissioners. They passed the board by 3-0. "After months of discussion and negotiations, I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement regarding the future of the Bancroft property in Haddonfield," Mayor Jeff Kasko said in a statement.
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January 12, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
The future of the Bancroft School campus in Haddonfield is likely to become clear this week, and it likely won't be as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Haddonfield Mayor Jeff Kasko said two proposed agreements pertaining to the Bancroft property will be aired at Tuesday's borough commissioners' meeting. "We're very close to an agreement. We hope to unveil that on Tuesday," Kasko said. "We're going to talk about potential other uses. " Kasko did not discuss specifics but he said the likelihood was it would be put to mixed public and private use, but it won't be the rehabilitation facility proposed by developer J. Brian O'Neill.
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December 20, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
The developer seeking to create a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center on the Bancroft School campus in Haddonfield said Friday he was close to acquiring an alternative property in a nearby town. "We are in negotiations and should have something to report very soon," said developer Brian O'Neill, CEO of Recovery Centers of America. O'Neill declined to name the municipality "until we have a settlement," but he said it was "very close" to Haddonfield. He added, however, that "we still plan to build at Bancroft if that deal falls through.
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April 24, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer J. Brian O'Neill unveiled at a community meeting Wednesday night some of the details of the drug and alcohol treatment center he wants to create on Haddonfield's Bancroft School campus. His Haddonfield Recovery Center of America, one of about 15 he plans to create, would feature boutique, hotel-like accommodations and a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient care, O'Neill said. He ran through slides of daunting statistics about rising rates of drug abuse, including among teenagers; the lack of treatment; and the need for it. "This is a disease that does not discriminate," he said.
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April 23, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer J. Brian O'Neill plans to provide details at a community meeting Wednesday about the drug and alcohol treatment center he intends to create on the Bancroft campus in Haddonfield. The proposed facility, which would be near J. Fithian Tatem Elementary and next to Haddonfield Memorial High School, has drawn vocal public concern and opposition since being disclosed about a month ago. O'Neill, who hopes to operate 15 Recovery Centers of America between Boston and Annapolis, said he was undeterred by the Haddonfield response.
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March 24, 2015
M ICHELE McKEONE, 33, of Fishtown, is founder and CEO of Autism Expressed, an online learning system that teaches digital literacy to students with autism and other learning disabilities. Autism Expressed won a $20,000 prize from Educational Services of America and was Geekadelphia Startup of the Year for 2013, when it launched publicly. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I have a background in digital media and went to the University of the Arts. I was an autistic-support teacher [at South Philadelphia High School]
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