Indian River School District board delays first student day to Sept. 17

SELBYVILLE — Students in the Indian River School District will begin the 2020-21 year a bit later than originally scheduled. The IRSD board of education at its reorganizational meeting Monday, Aug. 3 voted to push the first day of school for 2020-21 back to Thursday, Sept. 17. The first student day originally was scheduled for […]

IRSD assistant superintendent named

SELBYVILLE — The Indian River School District has turned to neighboring Maryland for the district’s next assistant superintendent. Karen T. Blannard, who has 20-plus years of administrative experience with Baltimore County Public Schools and the Maryland Department of Education, was approved as district assistant superintendent by the IRSD board of education Monday. Ms. Blannard fills […]

Indian River district investigating all possibilities for school opening

SELBYVILLE – Somewhat divided, Indian River School District officials are hoping that the entire school community ultimately stands united with the path the district takes to launch the 2020-21 school year. Difficult decisions loom as one of the largest school districts in Delaware prepares for the new school year under uncertainty with lingering clouds of […]

Student teachers adjust to new learning models

Samantha Whelen, a rising senior education student at University of Delaware, only got one week of classroom time before coronavirus moved classes remote. “I feel like I definitely missed out on [classroom time], but through that I also learned how we just switched from being in class to online and trying to provide the kids […]

Goldman, Pryor vie for Indian River school board seat

Voters head to the polls — or mail in their absentee ballots ahead of — July 21 for this year’s school board election. Downstate, there are seven contested elections. Learn a little bit more about the candidates below and check back for more districts this week. To cast a ballot absentee, voters must return an […]

District slates outdoor commencements for Indian River, Sussex Central

Seniors at Indian River School District’s two high schools will get to graduate in outdoor ceremonies through multiple sessions before limited audiences. With approval from the state of Delaware with social distancing parameters, outdoor ceremonies will be held Wednesday, June 17 with two ceremony sessions for Indian River High School, and Thursday, June 18, with […]

Indian River schools plan virtual, drivethrough ceremonies

GEORGETOWN – Graduations are a go in the Indian River School District, with planning underway for staging combined virtual and drivethrough/walkthrough ceremonies for Indian River High School, Sussex Central High School and Howard T. Ennis commencements in mid-June. Under COVID-19 social distancing/public gathering restrictions that could be in place, seniors will have the opportunity to […]

Indian River board members push for timely start to school year

MILLSBORO – Indian River School District school board member James Fritz has an important message he’d like relayed to Gov. John Carney and Delaware Department of Education Secretary Dr. Susan Bunting. “Our kids are losing valuable educational opportunities that is going to cause the suffering to them and to the economy for many years … […]

Millsboro included in IRSD’s revised School Resource Officer package

SELBYVILLE — Indian River School District is taking a more “local” approach in a revised School Resource Officer program for the 2020-21 year. An SRO plan approved during the April 27 Zoom board of education meeting swaps one of three current Delaware State Police officers for a third School Resource Officer at the municipal level […]

IR days still special for Rayne

When Charlie Rayne got the news a few weeks ago, he dug up his old yearbook. It’s been 39 years since he graduated from Indian River High. The memories, though, came flooding back for the former Indians’ basketball star. “I looked back at the pictures of the guys I played with,” said Rayne, now 57. […]