Time to hit the books

Date Published: 
September 2, 2016

Indian River School District will welcome more than 10,000 students back to school when the 2016-2017 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Preschool programs, including Project Village and TOTS, will begin on Monday, Sept. 12. The last day of school for students is Friday, June 16, 2017. The last day for preschool is Friday, June 9, 2017.

Families should have already been contacted by the district before school began, explaining when and where children should meet their school buses. To improve busing, schools have two primary busing schedules.

Classes at “First Start” schools run from 7:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (East Millsboro Elementary School, Georgetown Middle School, Indian River High School, Millsboro Middle School, North Georgetown Elementary School, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, Selbyville Middle School and Sussex Central High School).

“Second Start” schools have class from 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. (Georgetown Elementary School, Kindergarten Center at Georgetown Elementary, John M. Clayton Elementary School, Long Neck Elementary School and Lord Baltimore Elementary School).

Other class times are for Howard T. Ennis School (7:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.), G.W. Carver Academy (8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.) and Southern Delaware School of the Arts (8:05 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.).

Important calendar dates for the 2016-2017 school year include:

• Board of Education meeting on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.

• No school for students on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (Primary Election Day).

• Major breaks: Nov. 7 to 11 (Election Day, Veterans Day and teacher work days); Nov. 22 to 25 (Thanksgiving); Dec. 26 to Jan 2, 2017 (winter break); and April 14 to 21 (spring break).

• High school graduations are Tuesday, May 30, 2017, (Sussex Central), and Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (Indian River).

As for school supplies, all teachers and schools have different policies. Some supply lists are only obtained by visiting the school’s main office. Some supply lists are on the school webpages or under the “Peachjar” electronic bulletin board. Some supply lists are on www.teacherlists.com.

Older students will learn on Day 1 what teachers expect them to have for class.

Of course, it’s not just pencil and paper anymore, as some classrooms also require things such as headphones and sanitary wipes.

The district website is at www.irsd.net. The “Our Schools” tab links directly to the school webpages. Under the “Parents & Students,” people can find the school calendar, handbook and other information.

Bigger issues at hand

Some classrooms may be more crowded than others. Although the public passed a referendum in 2013 to build new classrooms and improve several facilities, IRSD is gearing up for a bigger project.

This autumn, the IRSD plans to seek Certificates of Necessity from the State of Delaware, which would give the district permission to host another major capital-improvement and current-expense referendum in the next year.

This time, the IRSD envisions an additional elementary school on the Ingram Pond property in Millsboro, an additional middle school on the existing Sussex Central High School property, a new wing at SCHS, as well as expansion of the cafeteria and gymnasium, the renovation and expansion of the cafeteria at Phillip C. Showell Elementary, repairs to a stairwell and mechanical room at Lord Baltimore Elementary, possible expansion of parking areas at Selbyville Middle School, and evaluation of all athletic fields. They also hope to replace the aging Howard T. Ennis School (a State-funded initiative), which houses students with special needs.

District podcasts will also return this fall, as the “IRSD Spotlight” provides insight into the inner workings of the local public school system. Episodes will be posted year-round, featuring interviews with students, staff and administration. Current episodes include features on school safety monitors, student mental health services, nutrition services, the school board and more.

IRSD Spotlight is online at www.irsd.net, under the “Podcast: IRSD Spotlight” link under the “Discover IRSD” tab. The podcast can also be found on iTunes, www.soundcloud.com and several mobile podcast apps. Notifications for new episodes will also be posted on the Facebook page “Indian River School District - Delaware.”