Speak Out: School legislation

Legislation that would allow school district boards of education to raise the local property tax without the approval of voters is set to be heard in committee today. Under the measure, House Bill 129, school boards would have the power to increase school property taxes annually by the lesser of 2 percent or the percentage […]

Ten Indian River grads receive IR Pride scholarships

DAGSBORO — The Indian River High School Alumni Association’s ongoing pledge to support post-secondary education continues this year, with 10 IR Pride scholarships – each for $1,000. Scholarship recipients are: Kathleen Carter, Jarod Elliott, Lauren Grow, Luke McCabe, Luke Morgan, Abigail O’Shields, Zachary Schultz, Victoria Shaner, Dylan Tuttle and Brooke Weaver. The scholarships were announced […]

Ground broken on new school at Dover Air Force Base

DOVER — It all began with a ceremonial groundbreaking near Dover Air Force Base housing on Monday. If everything goes according to schedule, the site of that groundbreaking will be occupied by the Major George S. Welch Elementary School in time for the 2021 school year. The new school that will begin actual construction within […]

Commentary: Unicorns, Bigfoot and a beach house

What do unicorns, Bigfoot and a beach house all have in common? If the beach house is owned by Delaware Tech as claimed by Jim Stewart in a letter to the editor appearing in last month’s Delaware State News, then each are nothing more than fairy tales and figments of imagination. I thought we put […]

Sussex Tech’s Collins named district’s Teacher of Year

GEORGETOWN — Sussex Technical High School math teacher Dontez Collins, a nine-year teaching veteran and a Sussex Tech alumnus, has been named the district’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. “He is involved in the fabric of our school system, as a teacher and coach,” said Sussex Tech Principal Dr. John Demby. “Dontez embodies everything I […]

Dover man takes Wright steps to graduate

PHILADELPHIA — In 2004, his father was shot and killed. In 2014, his brother met the same fate. In 2015, he flunked out of college. And on May 11, 2019, Tyreek Wright of Dover graduated from Neumann University with a degree in Sport Management and a job awaiting him. “Often, when you grow up where […]

Indian River School District launches online survey for feedback

SELBYVILLE – The Indian River School District is seeking input in its mission to ensure the next generation of IRSD students are served as well as students in past generations and that the district’s goals continue to align with those of the community. The school district is undergoing a strategic planning process and is soliciting […]

Letter to the Editor: In support of Woodbridge referendum

I am a resident and home owner in Greenwood, born and raised in this tiny but special town. I’m also the proud parent of daughters in the first and fourth grades in the Woodbridge elementary schools, with a preschool son who will soon be joining them. Though we never attended public school as children, my […]

Pathways to Success prepares at-risk students for life

SUSSEX COUNTY — In the coming weeks, approximately 100 graduating high school seniors will have an extra special place in the hearts of Faye Blake, Sarah Gilmour and a handful of others. The students, most of them at-risk from impoverished or challenging home settings, are the products of the public education system and Pathways to […]

Grads: A handwritten note, not an emoji, is appropriate

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** Terry Murphy, president and CEO of Bayhealth, Inc., mixed doses of humor with sage advice Monday night at the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus commencement ceremony. To prepare for his speech, he met with six graduating students, asking them why this was […]