Indian River district to restructure Georgetown kindergarten services for 2019-20

GEORGETOWN – Indian River School District plans to restructure kindergarten service in the Georgetown area in 2019-20, with North Georgetown Elementary students attending that school.

The move, approved at the Feb. 25 IRSD board of education meeting, will free up classroom space for Georgetown Middle School, which is projected to have a large enrollment increase in the next two years.

Currently, all kindergarten students residing in the Georgetown area attend school at the Kindergarten Center, located in the multi-school complex on West Market Street that also houses Georgetown Elementary School and Georgetown Middle School.

Beginning next year, kindergarten students who live in the North Georgetown Elementary School attendance area will attend school at that location. This amounts to approximately 147 students.

The remaining Georgetown kindergarten students – approximately 141 – will attend Georgetown Elementary School.

“This was a difficult but necessary move that was needed to accommodate enrollment growth in the Georgetown area,” IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele said. “The Georgetown complex is rapidly approaching capacity and there is no room on the campus to place portable classrooms. Returning kindergarten students to North Georgetown will free up classroom space until the district can implement long-term solutions to its overcrowding problems. These solutions may include building new schools and redrawing attendance areas between Georgetown and Millsboro.”

IRSD plans to hold a second referendum this spring, asking voters to support a major capital improvement proposal that includes construction of a new 2,200-student Sussex Central High School, eight additional classrooms at Indian River High School and four classrooms at Selbyville Middle School.

In this proposal, with referendum approval, the current 1,500-student Sussex Central High School would be repurposed as a middle school, which would enable the district to convert Millsboro Middle School into another elementary school in the district.

A referendum held Feb. 5 that included the major capital request and a current expense tax increase request for operational costs was defeated.

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