August 25, 2016 |
The New Jersey Department of Education has upheld the Evesham Township school board's controversial decision to close Evans Elementary School next year, the school district announced Tuesday. The school, which has children in grades K-5, will operate throughout the 2016-17 school year; it is scheduled to close next July. That plan is still a matter of contention, however, and unpopular with many Evans parents. In March, the board voted, 6-3, to close Evans and reassign its 495 pupils to other schools, citing steep enrollment declines across the K-8 district and a potential savings of $1.4 million annually.
June 3, 2016 |
Evesham Mayor Randy Brown, kicking coach for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, announced the creation of a political action committee Wednesday, a move that some see as intended to score the governor's office. Although he has publicly expressed interest in running for governor in 2017, he declined to say on the record Wednesday whether the new PAC paves the way for such a run. Its formal mission is to promote small businesses across New Jersey, and he will serve as its honorary chairman. "Small businesses are the backbone of New Jersey," Brown said at a news conference at the office of his brother Rick's Evesham Mortgage Co. in the township's Marlton district.
May 4, 2016 |
In an unusual move, Evesham Township announced Monday that it is suing the local school district to halt the planned closing of Evans Elementary School. "The decision to close Evans was wrong," Mayor Randy Brown told a morning news conference, where he stood surrounded by parents of Evans schoolchildren, township officials, homeowners, home builders, and real estate agents. In their complaint, filed Monday in Superior Court, the Township Council and planning board assert that the district failed to submit its closing plan to the planning board for review, as required by state law. Changes to the district's long-range facilities plan are considered part of the township's master plan and subject to planning board review, the suit contends.
March 19, 2016 |
Evesham Township is losing an elementary school. The school board voted, 6-3, to close Evans Elementary School, with district officials citing declining enrollment and rising costs. Evesham School District currently operates seven elementary schools and two middle schools. Closing Evans, officials said, will allow the district to maintain class sizes and academic programming. Enrollment has fallen 18 percent from a high of 5,436 students in 2004, with a consultant projecting further decline to fewer than 4,000 students in five years.
March 17, 2016 |
Evesham Township will pay $500,000 to keep police officers patrolling all of its public schools, township officials said Wednesday. Officers began patrolling the township's seven elementary and two middle schools last year, in addition to Cherokee High School, which already had a full-time police presence. The township and school district previously split the cost of patrols. The decision Wednesday came several months after a suicidal teen with a fake handgun tried to provoke police outside Van Zant Elementary School in December 2015.
March 13, 2016 |
Evans Elementary School got a new fifth-grade wing in 2000, a new playground in 2004, and a new roof in 2011. Soon, it might have a "For Rent" sign on its front lawn. Evesham Township's school superintendent says closing Evans is a sensible response to the district's declining student population and mounting budgets. Next year's school budget is predicted to rise 5.1 percent over this year's, to $74.1 million. Superintendent John Scavelli Jr. projects that closing Evans, reassigning its 498 pupils, and cutting 25 staff positions could save $1.4 million annually.
February 12, 2016 |
The owners of Greentree Commons, a 1980s-era office park on Route 73 in Evesham, announced Thursday that they were razing it to make way for a $30 million "upscale retail complex. " Demolition began last month, and four of the six single-story office buildings are already demolished, Peter Lazaropoulos, managing partner of Lazgor L.L.C., told an on-site news conference. Rising in their place will be a suite of buildings called the View at Marlton, housing four restaurants, an AAA auto club office, shops, and a 45,000-square-foot LA Fitness center.
February 10, 2016
New Jersey authorities have arrested a Burlington County man on child pornography charges. Christian D. Maher-Schultze, 23, of the unit block of Hawk Lane, in Evesham, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for using his email to trade pornographic images of prepubescent girls engaging in sexual acts with men, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. Maher-Schultze was arrested Friday at home after investigators, acting on a search warrant, found the pornography on his computer.
February 5, 2016 |
A Cumberland County high school biology teacher was charged Wednesday with possession of child pornography, authorities said. David L. Rodriguez, 52, of Evesham, was arrested at his home after authorities executed a search warrant there, said Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi. Rodriguez, who teaches at Cumberland Regional High School in Upper Deerfield, allegedly used an online service to upload photos and videos showing pre-pubescent and underage boys engaged in sex acts.
January 14, 2016 |
With a rumble of its engine, a big yellow backhoe Tuesday crashed its hydraulic arm through a wall of Evesham Township's long-vacant Kmart store, a first step in the demolition - and rehabilitation - of a shopping center the township has long called an eyesore. "It's been a continual process to get where we are today," Mayor Randy Brown told residents and officials gathered at the Tri-Towne Plaza minutes before the backhoe sprang to life in Burlington County's largest municipality. "We've worked longer on this than any other project in Evesham," Brown said.