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Voters Approve Indian River Schools Referendum

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Voters have approved a referendum in the Indian River School District to raise $6.2 million to build new classrooms and fund teaching positions.

Voters approved two questions on school funding Tuesday by a 2 to 1 margin. The plan adds 14.7 cents to the property tax rate, boosting it to $2.77 for every $100 of assessed value. The tax hike is expected to cost the average property owner an extra $38.05 next year.

About $4.4 million is earmarked for construction. The referendum also is expected to raise $1.8 million in its first year to increase spending on teachers, supplies and utility bills. The district will also offer full-day kindergarten.

School districts and the state divide the cost of school construction. The referendum will pay for 38 new classrooms at six school buildings to handle increasing enrollment.

The construction projects are as follows: 

  • Georgetown Elementary/Georgetown Middle complex – eight additional classrooms and a new kitchen
  • North Georgetown Elementary – eight additional classrooms 
  • East Millsboro Elementary – eight additional classrooms
  • Long Neck Elementary – eight additional classrooms
  • Phillip C. Showell Elementary – four additional classrooms 
  • Selbyville Middle School – two additional classrooms 

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