Indian River School District

SDSA shows off some school spirit

Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) students may not have any sports teams, but they still have plenty of spirit. Fourth-grade teachers hosted a week’s worth of special activities Dec. 12 through 16.

IRSD honors departing board member

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board and Superintendent Lois Hobbs honored outgoing member Greg Hastings at their Dec. 13 meeting, directly on the heels of his official resignation from the board.

State student council represented heavily by district students

The Indian River School District (IRSD) holds a majority at the Delaware Student Council Association (DSCA) this year, with three out of five students hailing from district schools.

From Selbyville Middle School, Abigail Boettinger was elected as vice-president this year, building on her tenure as secretary last year, and Caitlin Forte became secretary for the DSCA this year.

IRHS boosters ready to play long ball

Wanted: Baseball sluggers, high-school age and younger, to participate in the Indian River Baseball Boosters’ long-distance hitting contest at the new high school on Nov. 11.
Twenty bucks gets hitters in the door, but more money generated through pledges will ensure new baseball equipment and tools for the upcoming season and for a time to come.

District introduces mentor coordinator

Indian River School District (IRSD) Superintendent Lois Hobbs and School Board President Charles Bireley took time out to publicly welcome Mentor Delaware Coordinator Ryan Farrell to the district and let him know his efforts were appreciated at the Oct. 18 board meeting.

Indian River High School gets dedicated

Indian River School District (IRSD) personnel, distinguished guests, students and parents gathered in the beautiful, state-of-the-art auditorium of the new Indian River High School for dedication ceremonies on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

LB students might see delayed move

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Students have taken up residence at the recently renamed John M. Clayton School (JMC) this year, while construction crews complete an extensive renovation project at Lord Baltimore.

Local schools pass grade

Indian River School District students continued to pace state averages, according to results from the Delaware Department of Education (DEDOE), released last week.

Smith looking to keep Frankford rolling

Duncan Smith will be taking over for retiring Principal Sharon Brittingham at Frankford Elementary School this year, and he recognized his predecessors for their efforts.

IRSD reports on accountability ratings

The Indian River School District (IRSD) appears quite “Superior,” to judge from Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports at the Aug. 23 School Board meeting.

The IRSD improved to, or held steady at, the top AYP rating of Superior in 10 out of 13 schools this year. That’s up from 8 out of 12 last year (Howard T. Ennis not included in 2004).

Brand new school welcomes new staff

Big changes around the Indian River School District (IRSD) this year — 47 new teachers in all, according to district Superintendent Lois Hobbs, and a new assistant principal at the new Indian River High School.

IRSD talks renovations

The Indian River School District School Board met on July 26 to discuss — among a variety of items — the progress of local school renovations and to release the district’s Delaware State Testing Program results.

Bireley returns to school board presidency

The Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board returned Clarksville resident Charles Bireley (District 4) to the top spot at a July 1 reorganization meeting.

IRSD sets tax rates

The Indian River School District (IRSD) moved to increase, and decrease, property taxes at the June 21 School Board meeting, depending not as much on where they’re coming from as where they’re going.

Parents offer support for behavior mod

Three local parents — Cathy Berzins, Rebecca Mais and Patrice Pikulsky — recently formed up as the Safety in Our Schools (SOS) committee, with the goal of supporting the Indian River School District’s (IRSD’s) threatened behavior modification positions.

Brittingham leaves her mark on school

Headmaster Sharon Brittingham has spearheaded the transformation of Frankford Elementary from an underperforming institution into an academic exemplarity. On June 30 she will head out for good.

Teacher of the year defines passion for stage

And the winner is — James DeBastiani.
The Indian River School District (IRSD) makes the tough call every year — which of 14 candidates (one from each school) will be crowned Teacher of the Year for the entire district.

Indian River seniors organize own Baccalaureate

There will be a Baccalaureate celebration on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m., in the gym at Indian River High School.

Event coordinator Danita Robinson stressed that all were welcome to attend. As Robinson pointed out, pastors from different denominations have always taken turns, year to year, and their sermons are really more along the lines of a mentor’s encouragement than anything else.

School district hears steel drums

The Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board dealt with a full agenda at the May 24 School Board meeting — according to Finance and Business Director Patrick Miller, the executive session let out well after 1 a.m.

IRHS students compete

Eight Indian River High School students competed in the Business Professionals of America 2004-2005 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. on April 22-25. Each student earned an invitation to Anaheim by placing in the top three or five of events at the BPA State Conference in Dover on March 3-4.

IRSD Administrator enters town race

Joseph “Jay” Headman, administrative assistant for the Indian River School District (IRSD), has entered the best three-out-of-four election contest in pursuit of a seat on South Bethany Town Council.

IR School Board considers calendars

The Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board will consider three options for the 2005-2006 calendar — one with the first day of school after Labor Day, two starting before Labor Day — at the May 24 school board meeting.

Incumbents pass tests from voters

Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board election results are in, and they indicate solid community support for the current administration.

District 4 incumbent Dr. Don Hattier, DC, topped challenger Lloyd Elling 561-244 and District 3 incumbent Nina Lou Bunting defeated newcomer Wilbert Laird 317-119.

DeBastiani IRSD Teacher of the Year

James DeBastiani of Southern Delaware School of the Arts has been selected as the Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006.

The announcement was made at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year banquet on April 21 at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown.

School district explains budget cuts

The Indian River School District (IRSD) enacted a series of cost-cutting measures in March and April, in preparation for anticipated budget shortfalls in fiscal 2006, according to an April 29 press release.

Students Rally for school climate workers

“Save behavior mod. Save behavior mod. Save behavior mod.”
So ran the chorus outside Indian River High School on May 2, as more than 50 students lined the curb, waving signs and voicing support for members of the behavior management team.

IRSD School Board candidates talk issues

It’s election time in the Indian River School District (IRSD), and residents will have a chance to cast ballots in favor of either School Board incumbents (Dr. Donald Hattier, DC, Nina Lou Bunting), or their challengers, (Lloyd Elling, Wilbert “Wil” Laird) in Districts 4 and 3.

IRSD board rescinds calendar

Two big issues, one big Indian River School District School Board meeting.
Concerned residents filled the Frankford Elementary cafeteria on April 26, as School Board members rescinded the previously agreed upon calendar for 2005-2006 and reviewed a list of possible areas for budget cuts.

School board candidate advocates inclusion

Ocean View resident Lloyd Elling is strong on social consciousness, in business and in life. He went into special education for adults with disabilities with this philosophy in mind: “You can either hate it, or you can see the value that exists in those people.”
Elling is challenging Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board Member Dr. Donald Hattier for the District 4 seat

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