Indian River mulls options to address enrollment growth

DAGSBORO – Amid increasing enrollment growth and associated growing pains, Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele says the district is at a pivotal crossroad. With fingers crossed for public approval of a third major capital improvement referendum try set for February 2020, Mr. Steele says the district has three options. One: pass the referendum […]

Two Indian River schools chosen as Delaware finalists in STEM contest

MILLSBORO – Two schools in the Indian River School District are state finalists in a nationwide contest linked to STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Sussex Central High School and Millsboro Middle School are Delaware finalists in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million competition that encourages sixth- through 12th-grade […]

Indian River board OKs reproductive health care at wellness centers

GEORGETOWN — With funding for its two high school wellness centers in jeopardy, Indian River School District will soon be incorporating contraceptive services and reproductive health care in its overall comprehensive health plan. Following a presentation by Dr. Bobby Gulab, senior vice president/chief medical officer for the Beebe Medical Group, Indian River’s board of education, […]

IR District may need more local money in next referendum

DAGSBORO — Student body projections have not changed. Indian River School District enrollment is forecast to continue to steadily increase. What has changed is the cost of the district’s proposed new school construction and classroom additions packaged in a $158.1 million major capital expense referendum proposal that twice has been rejected by voting majority. Since […]

Indian River grants target ELL, low-income students

SELBYVILLE — Indian River School District will use three state grants totaling more than $2.2 million for professional learning activities for teachers and programs to improve the academic performance of English Language Learners (ELL) and low-income students. The largest of the awards was a Delaware Department of Education Opportunity grant for $2,117,205. The funding will […]

For fifth time in six years, Indian River lowers property tax rate

DAGSBORO — At its reorganizational meeting July 1, the Indian River School District Board of Education approved a reduced property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2020. The new rate of $3.035 per $100 of assessed value represents a decrease of 3.2 cents from FY 2019. The decrease resulted from reductions to the debt service, tuition […]

For Indian River school board, no doesn’t mean no

GEORGETOWN — With Delaware Department of Education’s blessing, New Year 2020 at some point will put another major capital improvement referendum before Indian River School District voters. Precisely what the referendum will encompass remains to be seen, and the IRSD school board at its June 24 meeting took the official step in approving the preliminary […]

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 […]

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 […]

Indian River High Concert Band in good company with former Bad Company bassist

DAGSBORO — The Indian River High School Concert Band was certainly in good company at its concert Tuesday night. Thanks to family ties, former Bad Company bass guitarist Paul Cullen joined the IRHS Concert Band May 14 in performing two songs: Bad Company’s “Bad Company” and Cullen’s original song “Matthew.” Mr. Cullen’s original composition “Matthew” […]