On Tuesday, November 4, voters approved Referendum II.
On behalf of the Board and Administration I would like to thank everyone for their support with the successful passing of Referendum II yesterday. I am pleased to announce that henceforth it now becomes and will be referred to as the Construction Project Phase II. In the next couple of weeks I will be meeting with the administrative team, the architects, and the construction manager to craft the construction plan going forward. It is my plan to keep the staff, students, parents and community members informed well ahead of time on what can be expected as the project progresses. Once we complete our forecasts I will meet with the staff at each school at an upcoming faculty meeting to share what can we can expect to see happening and when they will be happening in each building. I will also be sharing this information with our students, parents and community members via our social media sites.
As I have mentioned before, undergoing a building renovation project presents us with many challenges and we will be called upon to “improvise, adapt and overcome”. Patience, forbearance, and flexibility will be needed by all so that we can achieve our end which is renovated, modernized, 21st standard, 100 and 60 yr. old buildings. I look forward to working with all of you in this endeavor.
Welcome to the Referendum Page
The Board of Education is holding a Referendum, on the November 4 General Election Day, to ask local voters in Woodstown and Pilesgrove to authorize the District to raise funds through the sale of bonds to finance:
Critical System and Building Elements improvements to Shoemaker School and the Middle/High school
This webpage is your source for detailed information. Please read the reports and view the media to become informed about all aspects of the Referendum.
In a Q&A formatted document, Plain Talk about the Referendum is an “everything you ever wanted to know” statement including the scope of the planned improvements, the reasoning behind the work, construction costs, tax impact, and construction schedule.
News & News ReleasesWoodstown-Pilesgrove voters must act now to secure important school funds. Letter to the Editor by Chapman Vail, President of the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Board of Education in the South Jersey Times Letters on October 29, 20146 facts you should know before voting on the Woodstown-Pilesgrove referendum by Brittany M. Wehner | South Jersey Times on October 26, 2014Tour of Woodstown High School roof is an "eye-opener" Pilesgrove Mayor says by Brittany M. Wehner | South Jersey Times on October 15, 2014 at 6:00 AMWoodstown Mayor supports proposed Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District referendum by Brittany M. Wehner | South Jersey Times on September 24, 2014 at 6:00 AMWoodstown-Pilesgrove eyes $19.8M referendum with $7.9M from N. J. grant by Brittany M. Wehner/South Jersey Times on September 08, 2014Woodstown-Pilesgrove prepares $19.8M referendum to renovate high school by Brittany M. Wehner/South Jersey Times on June 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Community Presentation Schedule
Sept 23 7:00 PM Woodstown Boro Council Sept 25 12:00 PM Woodstown Rotary Sept 27 All Day Fall Festival Oct 1 7:00 PM Jr. Women's Club at Friends Hall Oct 14 7:00 PM Pilesgrove Twp. Committee Oct 17 2:00 PM Women's Club at Presbyterian Church Oct 20 7:30 PM MS/MSS PTO at Middle School
Flyers & Newsletters
Back to School Flyer …a two-page flyer highlighting the important facts of the referendum including costs, tax impact, scope of improvements in each school, and schedule.
Technical Notes... Architects notes on the scope of the work and technical details, along with several frequently asked questions.Referendum II Newsletter...a 4-page newsletter mailed to every postal customer in Woodstown and Pilesgrove providing a comprehensive explanation and presentation of the referendum.
Referendum PresentationsRestoration = Preservation Referendum II Overview , a slide presentation of pertinent Referendum facts by Mr. Thomas Coleman, Superintendent.Architect's Presentation to the Board of Education on June 9, 2014 explaining the ROD Grant, the scope of the work, costs and schedule.
Video ToursVideo tours of the Middle/High school by Dr. Hoopes, and of the Shoemaker School by the Superintendent presenting the areas and scope of the work; as well as a financial review by Frank Rizzo, Business Administrator and a Referendum Overview by Superintendent Tom Coleman.
Tax Impact Calculators
Click on the name of your Municipality to learn of your average estimated annual Tax Impact from this Referendum by inputting the Assessed Value of your Land & Improvements. See your annual Tax Bill for Assessed Value. The calculator will estimate your average, annual Tax Impact over the 20 years of the Bond using 2014 tax rate information.
Voting will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2012 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM within each municipality as follows;
Reliance Fire Company
Sharptown Methodist Church Hall
You must be registered to vote in this election. Information regarding VOTER REGISTRATION can be found at the State of New Jersey, Division of Elections website at
Vote By Mail
In New Jersey, any qualified and registered voter can now vote by Absentee Ballot for any election, for any reason. Don't feel like going to the polls? Simply vote by mail. Now there is "no excuse" not to vote! You do not have to be absent from the area on November 4 to vote by mail.
An online VOTE BY MAIL Ballot Application is available for you to print and mail now at http://www.njelections.org/form_pdf/vote-mail-ballot-070113-sal.pdf
The actual Absentee Ballot will be mailed when available.
Senior Property Tax Reimbursement Program
For more information on filing for a Property Tax Reimbursement,
or to obtain an application, contact the New Jersey Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597.
Information about the Program is also available on the Division of Taxation's website at