Merchantville is a great little town. The problem is like most little towns they don't have the resources paying taxes that will support the school system. Unlike Mount Laurel Twp or Evesham Twp they don't have the population or tax base in the area to support the type mega schools in those two townships. Merchantville is surrounded by Pennsauken, Camden and Cherry Hill all very large districts which is not what the parents want for their children. Years ago Merchantville tried to join with Haddonfield but the number of added students would have overburden the Haddonfield schools also Pennsauken would not let them go because of the thousands of dollars (near $12,000 per student per year) that Merchantville pays Pennsauken to allow the Merchantville student to attend the sub-par Pennsauken system.
I grew up in Glassboro my wife is from Ocean City and we lived in Haddonfield for 15 years. We live in Charlotte NC with a Regional school system with large high schools not unlike Cherry Hill, Shawnee and Cherokee high schools. I like the parents in Merchantville prefer the smaller school systems.
Bill Carey, Broker/Realtor
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