Education


Referendum results were announced just after 8 p.m. at Indian River Educational Complex.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum re-do defeated in nearly 50/50 split

Over 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. IRSD had proposed a temporary tax increase for new...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:36pm

Millsboro Middle School’s Arthur Henry was named Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year.

‘My job is to light the fire’

Millsboro Middle conductor wins IRSD Teacher of the Year

At Millsboro Middle School, Arthur Henry believes that celebrating diversity has made his band students grow into better people, while becoming better musicians. That attitude helped him earn the honor of Indian River School District’s Teacher of...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:13pm

Frankford library moving forward with new leadership, staff

At an open house event at the Frankford Public Library earlier this month, visitors were greeted by new faces at every turn.

That’s because the library’s staff is totally new — from the director to part-time employees. The board of...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:50am

Catherine ‘Cathy’ Dorey loves teaching the youngest of IRSD's students

Dorey builds foundation for learning at Carver Center, offers tips to parents

Catherine “Cathy” Dorey loves to see the spark of learning. And she gets to see it daily, as the Teacher of the Year for G. W. Carver Educational Center.

Dorey works with the very youngest children at Indian River School District’s early...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:26am

Zachary Hurley thanks a business partner from Redner’s Warehouse Market.

Ennis students learn life skills, one job at a time

Sometimes the best education comes through experience. Howard T. Ennis School students benefit every day from the work experience that Sussex County employers provide. As they prepare for a more independent future, students paused to thank the...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:31am

Left to right, Tom Foglesong, Mark Record, Theresa Gabbard and Representative Wayne Hartman.

Knights of Columbus recognizes MBS Educator of the Year

The Knights of Columbus, Council #9053, awarded Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Guidance Counselor, Theresa Gabbard, with their 2019 Educator of the Year Award during a ceremony held on Monday, April 15. Gabbard’s colleagues and family...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:09am

Bullis accepted to Delaware Valley University

Zachary Bullis of Millsboro has been accepted for admission at Delaware Valley University, the university announced this week.

Delaware Valley University is an independent, comprehensive university with more than 1,000 acres in Bucks and...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:29am

Grise Memorial Scholarship to be granted to local student

The Preceptor Omega Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter this spring will be granting the 23rd Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship to a qualified high school graduate. 

Candidates must reside in the Indian River High School attendance area and...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:28am

Lions to offer information on youth program

Lions Clubs leadership in District 22D will offer a special information session on a social-emotional program for youth on Saturday, May 4, at the Dewey Beach Clubhouse, located at 115 McKinley Street, Dewey Beach. The program will provide an...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:22pm

After coaching executives through the Great Recession, Jeff Bunting became a teacher after realizing that young people needed even more help.

Bunting teaches real-world skills at Indian River

Jeff Bunting teaches high school now, but at the height of the Great Recession, he was helping “six-figure-salary guys” navigate unemployment.

“We’ve got folks with master’s degrees and 20 years of corporate-level experience that can’t...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:20pm

IRSD accepting nominations for ExCEL program

The Indian River School District announced this week that it is now accepting nominations for its ExCEL program.

ExCEL is a district-wide gifted program for the Indian River School District’s academically-talented children. The program...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:19pm

Tech health students win 14 awards at state competition

Eight Sussex Technical High School students are headed to the national HOSA—Future Health Professionals championships after victories at the state competition recently. A total of 20 Tech students took home 14 awards as teams or individuals,...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:17pm

Preston Automotive Group donates vehicle to Sussex Tech Adult Education Division

The Sussex Technical School District’s Adult Division recently received a vehicle donation from Boulevard Ford Lewes, a division of the Preston Automotive Group, to help with its automotive technician apprenticeship program.

“This gift...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:17pm

Robert Oliver, left, and Rich Glorioso, right, honoro participants in the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School including, from left, Sandra Pawlowska, Julia Carlson and Mia Diehl.

Knights of Columbus sponsor Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest at MBS

The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Burke Council, recently sponsored their annual Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest for eighth-grade students at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Berlin, Md. The topic for the essay was, “How does my family...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:12pm

Lewes foreign-policy class hosts noted speakers

The University of Delaware’s lifelong learning program in Lewes hosted a series of guest speakers presenting wide-ranging discussions on international issues currently facing the U.S.

Addressing hot-button topics such as terrorism,...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:13am

IRHS presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical!” Abby Wilson (center) plays “Elle Woods,” the perky sorority girl who gets serious and goes to Harvard.

IRHS to present ‘Legally Blonde’ musical

Indian River High School student actors, singers, musicians and crew are currently rehearsing for the school’s 2019 musical production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical!”
There will be three performances: Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., a...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:35pm

From left, Horatio Garcia-Korosec of Del-One, Luke Morgan, Victoria Gee, Veronica Nran-Nock of Del-One and Brooke Weaver get last-minute software tutorials at the Del-One satellite branch in IRHS.

Student-run bank opens at Indian River

It’s lunchtime at Indian River High School, and few students notice as teacher Jeff Bunting emerges from a new set of glass doors, until he shouts across the room:

“Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention? The Del-One...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:47am

Ready for business? About one-third of Indian River's BPA students earned spots to the national conference in California in May.

IRHS students rock BPA state competition

One day, these kids could make great business employees — or executives. This year, a bunch of Indian River High School students have qualified for the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference, May 1-5 in Anaheim,...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:42am

IRHS celebrates second-quarter honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the second marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Now halfway through the year, students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Robert Argo, Shelby Bacon, Patrick...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:39am

School board candidates’ forum to be held in Frankford

It’s time to hear what the candidates stand for. The Indian River School District board election is coming in May, and the public can attend a candidates’ forum on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Frankford Public Library.

Geographically...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:49pm

Christy Taylor speaks to the Shore Dems at Cripple Creek Country club about a proposed charter school in the Georgetown area, and about her brother, Bryan Stevenson, author of the book ‘Just Mercy’ which is also the subject of an upcoming HBO film.

Proposed charter school would focus on area’s under-served youth

Although many in the area know Christy Taylor as a music instructor and musician, her speech to the Shore Democrats on Wednesday, March 20, centered on a different passion.

Taylor — who has taught music in the Indian River School District...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:08am

DCHS students Alice Xu and Abby Agapito display the 120-numbered Anatomy & Physiology test that they completed with time to spare, and in which they placed 11th in the state and first in Sussex County in the 2019 Science Olympiad.

DCHS students score high in Science Olympiad

On Saturday, March 2, Delmarva Christian High School students Abby Agapito, Jessie Sun, Alice Xu and Jasmine Zhang participated in the 2019 Science Olympiad competition held at Delaware State College in Dover.

With 56 teams across Delaware...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:24am

Packed hallways at Selbyville Middle School are the norm, according to school district officials.

Voters will decide how long IRSD students are in portable classrooms

Selbyville Middle School and two other schools will begin using modular classrooms this autumn. If voters pass the May 7 referendum for new construction, then students should only be using outdoor classrooms for about five years. If not, that...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:49am

FORGE launches new programs

FORGE Youth & Family Academy, now located in Pittsville, Md., is launching new programming for local youth. The organization’s mission is “to break the cycle of bad choices,” and the organization has implemented new programs to help...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:08am

Autism Delaware scholarships applications due April 15

Autism Delaware is now accepting applications for three scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year: the Autism Delaware Daniel & Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship, the Autism Delaware Adult with Autism Scholarship and the Autism Delaware Autism...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 8:56am

Elaine Maggioli, seventh-grade science teacher, celebrates a science fair award with winner Martin Cosgrove of Seaford and Dennis Bartow of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.

Sussex Academy student receives science fair award

Sussex Academy seventh-grader Martin Cosgrove recently received a certificate and monetary award from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays for his Sussex County Science Fair Project, “The Effect of Moon Phases on Bacterial Level in the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:46am

One of the osprey prepares the nest last spring atop Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Osprey to be diverted from LB rooftop back to original home

Lord Baltimore Elementary School students and staff loved watching a pair of osprey raise their family atop the old building last year. But it’s time to say goodbye, and it’s for the birds’ own good.

Last spring, two ospreys built a nest...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:24am

AAUW recognizes science fair participants

The Coastal Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recognized four young women for their outstanding projects presented on March 4 at the Sussex County Science Fair.

Addison Dapias and Mackenzie Bogan,...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:05am

CHEER requests financial support from Sussex County

At its meeting on March 12, the Sussex County Council was asked to financially support CHEER’s Cooking for Sussex Seniors program.

Ken Bock, chief executive officer for CHEER, spoke to the council about 93-year-old Coast Guard veteran...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:08pm

IRHS students participate in BPA State Leadership Conference

More than two dozen students from Indian River High School’s chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) competed at the State Leadership Conference held at the Dover Downs Conference Center on Feb. 26.

The 29 IRHS students vied...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:52pm

Sussex Tech celebrates honor roll students

Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the second marking period of the 2018-2019 academic year. In all, 511 students recognized at the school’s honor roll breakfast in February, including local students...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:16am

Entries sought for Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.

Each year, the fund provides a $1,000 scholarship to further a student’s interest in journalistic or...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:15am

Parker named to Widener Law Commonwealth Dean’s List

Widener University Commonwealth Law School Dean Christian Johnson this week announced Dean’s List students for the Fall 2018 semester. Students named to the list earned a grade point average in the top 20 percent of their class and division for...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:14am

Dr. Kevin Bristowe, M.D., of the Beebe Medical Staff, left, presents scholarship awards to Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare seniors Katherine Cessna of Millville, center-left; Renee Adams of Laurel, center; and Kylie Powell of Rehoboth Beach, center-right; along with Tracy Bell, School of Nursing program coordinator.

Cessna among Nursing Scholar scholarship recipients

The Medical Staff at Beebe Healthcare created the Nursing Scholar’s program to support the nursing education of eligible candidates in the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare. Among this year’s recipients of the Medical...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:06am

IRSD to try referendum again, while asking for less

Board cites concerns over security and cramped quarters

Local students will be going to school in portable trailers. How long they’re in those temporary classrooms is up to voters.

The Indian River School District will go to public referendum again on Tuesday, May 7, this time requesting just...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:44pm

Four Indian River board seats scheduled for election on May 14

Across Sussex County, school board elections will be held Tuesday, May 14. In the Indian River School District, four of 10 positions on the board are up for election in 2019.

In District 4, there are two candidates for one seat. Donald G....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:37pm

Local Lego club putting the pieces together at library

Stop in at the South Coastal Library on a Saturday, and some of the coolest kids around might be building some super-awesome things.

Started last summer, the library’s Lego Club has continued through the winter, with a solid group of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:27pm

Morris named to Dean’s List at Alvernia University

Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro has been named to Alvernia University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. As a freshman in the fall, Morris studied early childhood pre-K-4, with special-ed pre-K-8, at Alvernia. Morris is a graduate of Sussex...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:20am

Job fair helping employers hire for summer or for life

Businesses and job-seekers can mark their calendars for a free job fair on Friday, March 22. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will help play matchmaker for people, whether they’re seeking full-time, part-time or summer employment....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:18am

Members of Sussex Technical High School’s BPA competition team recently challenged other BPA students from around the state.

Sussex Tech students place at state competitions for business, hospitality

Sussex Technical High School students recently won statewide honors at the Delaware competitions for the Business Professionals of America, or BPA, and the Distributed Education Clubs of America, or DECA.

Among the local students...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:25pm

Donations sought to support students looking for Pathways

Imagine going to high school and not having enough money to buy lunch… What would you do?

Sussex Technical High School teacher assistant Jacques O. Bowe Jr. is finding out that many of his students are dealing with just that issue.

...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:11pm

SDSA students perform in ‘Sally Sells Seashells (and You Can Too!)’

The students at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville put on a show for the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23. The musical was about a new girl who moves to a beach town and convinces the kids that she can make their...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:55am

Entries sought for Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Jim Cresson Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.

Each year, the fund provides a $1,000 scholarship to further a student’s interest in journalistic or...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:26am

Revel named to Muhlenberg College’s Fall 2018 Dean’s List

Justin Revel of Millsboro was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Fall 2018 semester. To earn that academic achievement, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the term.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a private,...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:25am

Race to support ‘Coach Nic’ Scholarship at Sussex Tech

On Saturday, March 9, Sussex Technical High School will host its inaugural 5K Race for Coach Nic.

The proceeds from the race will support the scholarship created in honor of the school’s former social studies and history teacher, who was...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:01am

Sponsors sought for 5 in support of Sussex Tech athlete scholarship

Sussex Technical High School is hosting the first-ever Race for Coach Nic 5K on Saturday, March 9, with proceeds to support the Lou Nicoletti Scholarship for a track-and-field athlete, as well as benefiting the cross-country and track-and-field...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:53am

Young women can compete in Girls Go CyberStart Challenge

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Chief Information Officer (CIO) James Collins last week announced that Delaware is again partnering with the SANS Institute on an initiative to empower high-school girls by providing an opportunity for them to...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:41am

Lapenna named to Clemson University Dean’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester, the university announced this week. Lapenna is majoring in psychology.

To be named to the Dean’s List at Clemson, a student...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:38am

IRSD to host career fair

High-schoolers invited to College & Career Fair

All high-schoolers in Indian River School District are being invited to a College & Career Fair on Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

Parents and students can speak with representatives from various colleges and...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:27pm

Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day

When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:57am