Fans of “Games of Thrones” will know that “Winter is Coming” was a key phrase in the series up until last season. Well, now “Winter is Here”! The key concern in the Indian River School District is “Overcrowding is Coming.” Well, now “Overcrowding is Here”!
This needed referendum will be voted on, again, on May 7, and it needs your yes vote. It seeks to fund a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom addition at Indian River High School and a four-room addition at Selbyville Middle School. And that’s because there has been a large increase in the district’s total enrollment over the last eight years, with projected increases continuing. Overcrowding is a now problem and one that will not go away.
The school district has done a good job in evaluating and proposing a restructuring of current buildings that allows for the construction of only one new school, instead of several. The needed new high school would be built on land already owned by the district, creating additional savings. Even with the passage of the referendum, Indian River will continue to have the lowest school property tax rate in Sussex County. It’s estimated that the average district property owner would have a tax increase of $68.96, phased in over a four-year period.
So, come on folks! Do what is best for our children and vote yes for the May 7 school referendum. Your vote is essential for passage. Residents who are U.S. citizens and 18 years old can vote. You do not have to be a property owner to be eligible, and you do not have to be a registered voter, just reside within the boundaries of the Indian River School District. Absentee ballots are available — for more info, contact Department of Elections at (302) 856-5367. Let’s get this passed and move on to educating our children in the best way possible.