Indian River School District

Celebrating geography

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The annual National Geographic Spelling Bee was held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School drew some talented students and enthusiastic crowds. Below, from left, Ian Lewis (first place), Jackson Chandler (third) and Jack Cappo (second).Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The annual National Geographic Spelling Bee was held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School drew some talented students and enthusiastic crowds. Below, from left, Ian Lewis (first place), Jackson Chandler (third) and Jack Cappo (second).

What is the tallest mountain in Africa? Which country produces the most coffee beans? What is the capital of Iowa?

Not just tragic lovers: IRHS shows humor, flaws of 'Romeo and Juliet'

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cast members of Indian River High School’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ prepare for performances on Feb. 3 and 4. In producing what may be the school’s first drama production in decades, they dropped some of the dialogue and put a modern spin on the classic.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cast members of Indian River High School’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ prepare for performances on Feb. 3 and 4. In producing what may be the school’s first drama production in decades, they dropped some of the dialogue and put a modern spin on the classic.It’s either the most famous romance of all time, or the silliest. A love story between two teenagers, ages 14 and 17, “Romeo & Juliet” now has modern-day teenagers calling out their literary counterparts out for being a bit overdramatic. And Indian River High School’s new Drama Club is plunging in with its first full production, taking on William Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy.

To top it all off, “Romeo & Juliet,” coming at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, may be the first drama production at IRHS in decades. Tickets cost $5 each. Guests can bring extra money for the concession stand at intermission. Indian River High School is located at 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro.

It’s time for IR’s “hidden talent” to display their acting skills, said English teacher and director Sadie Andros.

No board seats up for election in Indian River School District

The Indian River School District will not have a school board election this spring. This time, it’s none because there aren’t enough candidates — it’s because none of the seats are even up for election.

IRSD's Bunting tapped to become state's top legislator

Dr. Susan BuntingDr. Susan BuntingThe Indian River School District may be sending another education leader to the state level. This time, it’s for the big chair.

IRSD Superintendent Susan Bunting is to be nominated for Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. On Dec. 30, Gov.-elect John Carney announced his intent to nominate Bunting for his cabinet to lead Delaware for the next four years.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to be in this district for the length of time that I’ve been here. It’s a very tough decision to go, but I’m hoping to help more people,” Bunting said. Ultimately, the students have been “at the heart of everything” she has done.

Bunting has served as Indian River School District superintendent since 2006, currently responsible for more than 10,000 students and more than 1,300 employees — one of the state’s biggest and fastest-growing school districts.

BREAKING NEWS: Police investigating bomb threat at Long Neck Elementary

The Delaware State Police on Thursday afternoon were investigating a bomb threat that was called into the Long Neck Elementary School at 26064 School Lane this afternoon.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD’s Bunting to be nominated for Secretary of Education

Gov.-elect John Carney is building his cabinet to lead Delaware for the next four years. On Dec. 30, he announced his intent to nominate Selbyville’s Susan Bunting as Secretary of the Department of Education.

Take 2: IRSD prepares for second referendum

District expects nearly $1M in state budget cuts

After their recent referendum failed by a mere 20 votes, Indian River School District officials are ready to try again. The school board this week approved holding a second current-expense referendum on Thursday, March 2, (inclement weather date, March 16), in hopes of having at least slightly better success.

IRSD slow to move on new building approvals

New Ennis would be entirely State-funded

The Indian River School District’s major challenges all stem from student enrollment. It’s growing faster than the money and buildings can keep up.

Agenda – December 23, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council has canceled its December meeting.

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed Dec. 23-26 for Christmas and Jan. 2 for New Year’s Day.

‘It’s the classical “Cinderella” with a twist’

SCHS presents classic show, plus children’s party

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The magic of ‘Cinderella’ is coming to Sussex Central High School. Here, part of the cast pause for a picture while rehearsing the pumpkin transformation.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The magic of ‘Cinderella’ is coming to Sussex Central High School. Here, part of the cast pause for a picture while rehearsing the pumpkin transformation.Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s classic fairytale story is coming to the stage at Sussex Central High School, as, for one weekend, the SCHS Take Two Drama Club will present “Cinderella.”

The show will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

“The classic fairytale has been turned into a moving, funny and magical story with a great score and a beautiful message about making your own pathway in life,” according to David Warick, director and SCHS drama instructor.

General admission costs $8 at the door. Students, seniors and military pay $5. Middle school students with ID are admitted on a special two-for-one ticket for $5. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. The box office opens at 1 p.m. for the matinee and 5:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

IRSD denies allegations in discrimination lawsuit

Accused of racial discrimination at George Washington Carver Academy, the Indian River School district submitted its official response on Dec. 5, denying all claims of intentional wrongdoing at the alternative school.

School concerts offering holiday music to community

Children across the land have been preparing for the upcoming slate of holiday concerts almost as diligently as they’ve worked on their lists for Santa. Horns are tooting, drummers are drumming and singers are tuning their pipes in anticipation of the chance to shine in front of their families and friends and spread some holiday cheer while they’re at it.

Educator recognized for rescuing toddler from roadway

Usually, a traffic jam leads to inconvenience. But on Nov. 2, Ronna Cobb caused a traffic jam to save a life.

Cobb was on the road around 7 a.m. that morning. As a Phillip C. Showell Elementary School paraprofessional and bus driver, she was performing the first half of her regular duties.

She was driving in Selbyville around the same time as police officer Laurence “Larry” Corrigan.

IRSD referendum fails by 20 votes

Every vote counts on the local level. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Indian River School District’s current expense referendum was defeated by a margin of 20 votes.

G.W. Carver serves up Thanksgiving for APELL students in need

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Students from the G.W. Carver school enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving meal on Friday, Nov. 18.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Students from the G.W. Carver school enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving meal on Friday, Nov. 18.At the G.W. Carver Center in Frankford on Nov. 18, the APELL (Advancing Proficiency of English Language Learners) staff was thankful for community.

With local residents coming together to not only donate, but volunteer, that’s how they were able to put on their second annual Thanksgiving feast for immigrant students, introducing most of them to their first traditional Thanksgiving with a celebratory feast.

“I think it was wonderful to see so many people involved with trying to make the kids have a welcoming first Thanksgiving in our country,” said Lori Ott, who teaches English and serves as the program’s unofficial “lead teacher” after 22 years in the district.

“The students really appreciated it, and I think the volunteers really enjoyed getting to meet the students. Even though there were language barriers, you could still see them communicating.”

Auditor: IRSD too trusting of Miller, lacked policies

Problems can be ‘easily fixed,’ Wagner says

Many Indian River School District staff and residents were holding their breaths this week in anticipation of the Delaware Auditor of Accounts’ report on the district, which was released Nov. 17.

The good news? The problems are easily fixed, said Delaware State Auditor R. Thomas Wagner Jr.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum fails by 20 votes

District goes back to the drawing board

On the local level, every vote counts. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the Indian River School District’s current-expense referendum was defeated by a margin of just 20 votes.

IRSD’s referendum set for Nov. 22

Audit to be released Nov. 17

The Indian River School District is asking taxpayers to think local when it comes to funding education. The public will vote in a Nov. 22 referendum on whether to approve a 49-cent increase in the local tax rate — primarily to keep up with skyrocketing student enrollment.

SPORTS UPDATE: Indians to face Tower Hill for DIAA title after win in 2OT

It was a Murphy’s Law kind of night for the Indian River High School soccer team, to say the least.

Guest readers share stories at SDSA

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Principal Heather Bethurum reads to Nichele Lobo’s third-graders at SDSA.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Principal Heather Bethurum reads to Nichele Lobo’s third-graders at SDSA.Any book will do. When Nichele Lobo invites special guests to read to her third-grade classroom, she doesn’t care which book they choose.

“If you’re reading something you enjoy … [you’ll] bring it to life,” said Lobo, a teacher at Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

Because students didn’t have school in mid-November, Lobo’s class celebrated National Young Readers Week a week early. That meant a week’s worth of special guests, sharing new stories with both third-grade classes.

Guests bring a book that is special to themselves or their own children. The students connect the stories to their own lives and classroom lessons.

IRHS band to host holiday market with music

People can get season’s greetings and season’s shopping from Indian River High School Band this weekend, as the Indian River High School Band Boosters will host a Holiday Shoppers Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While enjoying complimentary snacks and soft drinks and live music by IRHS music ensembles, people can do some holiday shopping at Cripple Creek Country Club.

Robot wars: Sumo wrestling in Selbyville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: From left, Isaac Chandler, Coleman Woodard and Alan Correa programmed these LEGO robots to fight sumo-style.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: From left, Isaac Chandler, Coleman Woodard and Alan Correa programmed these LEGO robots to fight sumo-style.Do you wanna build a robot? And then program it complete tasks and battle other bots?

The Selbyville Middle School LEGO Robotics Team brought demonstrations to the Nov. 5 Phillip C. Showell Fall Festival.

Kids crowded around to watch robotic LEGO vehicles push each other, sumo-wrestler style, out of the three-foot “SuGO” ring.

Anyone can participate in the SMS team’s SuGO fundraiser tournaments. In one day, even beginners can learn to program the robots, then compete for SuGO glory.

Glowing red sensors on the bottom can find boundaries of the competition ring. Similar red “eyes” can see forward their targets. The students program their robots to react in each situation. Is there a black line? Don’t move forward. Is there another vehicle? Accelerate to attack.

IRSD: Taxes haven’t kept up with district growth, projects

State has decreased school funding since 2008

The Indian River School District has more students and local property taxes than ever before. So why are schools understaffed and why is the district hosting a current-expense referendum, to raise property taxes 49 cents per $100 in assessed value, on Nov. 22 just “to survive”?

Short answer: The money isn’t coming as fast as the students are. In some cases, the money has decreased.

State approves four major IRSD construction projects

Amongst all the talk of Indian River School District’s Nov. 22 referendum — which would increase the local school tax for current expenses — there is another related problem.

The IRSD needs more buildings, too.

The Delaware Department of Education officially acknowledged that in mid-October, approving four of six Certificates of Necessity (CNs) for major construction.

IRSD audit to be released before referendum

Voters are considering approving an increase in school property taxes of 19 percent at an upcoming current-expense referendum, but with a state audit hanging over the Indian River School District, some of them want to see the final audit report before voting on the increase of 49 cents per $100 of assessed property value.