Indian River School District

District residents approve referendum

Indian River School District Director of Business and Finance Patrick Miller admitted that he had some concerns. For weeks, the district had held more than a dozen meetings to educate the public on issues surrounding its March 28 referendum. Unfortunately, hardly anyone attended.

Students working overtime at Indian River

Soon, Indian River School District students might get more half-days and might not have to make up days in school missed because of snow, ice or fog. In a presentation made to the district’s board of education on Tuesday, Gary Brittingham said that district students attend school for more hours than is required by the state.

IRSD referendum all set for Tuesday

Patrick Miller — the director of business and finance for the Indian River School District — has noticed something worrisome in the last couple of weeks. In the final push toward the district’s Tuesday, March 28 referendum, the school board and district employees have held more than a dozen meetings to peak public interest.

IRSD test scores bring optimism

Results from the 2005 Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) tests in science and social studies for fourth- and sixth-grade students were returned about two weeks ago. They showed that Indian River School District students continue to make progress and stay well above most state averages.

Wilson files for school board seat

Jacquelyn Wilson knows as much about the Indian River School District as anyone. She started her extensive education career as a paraprofessional at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. After graduating from college she worked as a teacher in the district. Wilson then served as an assistant principal and principal at Lord Baltimore before leaving to work for the Delaware Department of Education.

Miller presents referendum plan to board

In 2005, the Indian River School District paid $686,773 in electric bills. With an impending electric hike of about 100 percent for the School District coming on May 1 that number will increase by $642,180 to about $1.3 million the district’s finance director Patrick Miller told school board members on Tuesday.

IRSD board votes against settlement offer

The Indian River School District Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to deny a settlement offered by the plaintiffs in the case of Dobrich v. the Indian River School District.
The plaintiffs — the Dobrich family and another family officials close to the litigation won’t name — offered the settlement late last year after filing the complaint last February.

School district explains referendum

The Indian River School District (IRSD) has finalized a three-part referendum question, and they announced the particulars at the Jan. 24 school board meeting. Board members gave notice that they’d soon ask district residents for 25.5 cents on every $100 of assessed property value, divvied up over a two-year period, to support the three funding initiatives.

IRSD celebrates mentors at annual banquet

It’s National Mentoring Month, and the Indian River School District (IRSD) is once again gearing up for its annual Mentoring Banquet, scheduled for Jan. 23.

At district headquarters, Mentor Delaware Coordinator Ryan Farrell said he’d devoted a good bit of time this week to organizing the event.

IRSD board considers next move in suit

Individual Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board members have been excused as defendants in the ongoing Dobrich v. Indian River School District lawsuit, but the district, as an entity, is still under scrutiny. And those board members are set to make a key decision regarding the case this week.

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.

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