Indian River School District

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 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

IRSD slims workforce

The Indian River School District (IRSD) has eliminated several positions in the wake of a budget crunch associated with the completion of the district’s two high schools.

District representatives put a positive spin on it, saying they hoped attrition (normal turnover — better offers elsewhere, for instance), retirements and the lapse of limited-term contracts would close the gap.

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

Tournament brings in scholarship funds

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Alpha Eta chapter, has raised enough money at their first-ever golf tournament to fund not one, but two, $5,000 scholarships for graduating Indian River High School seniors.

Deadline nears for School Board ballots

Anyone who will need to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board election will need to take certain steps — as soon as possible.

Residents of IRSD Districts 3 and 4 will vote for their candidate of choice on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A different angle

School board candidate offers alternative take

Wilbert “Will” Laird is a newcomer to Sussex County.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Laird attended Point Park College (business/math) and George Washington University (operations research) en route a 35-year career with the federal government.