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Seaford Superintendent Resigns Weeks Before Referendum

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SEAFORD, Del.- Less than three weeks before a referendum, Seaford Superintendent Dr. Shawn Joseph announced his resignation from the district.

Joseph cited personal family resigns as his reason for leaving the district at Monday night's board meeting. He is being replaced by interim Superintendent Dr. Kevin Carson. Since December, Carson has worked with the district on a Feb. 27 referendum, which if passed would replace Race to The Top funding that ends this year.

Carson said he is excited about working with the district, but people who live in the school district say they are not looking forward to a possible tax increase that would come with a referendum.

"I do believe an increase is needed but maybe not so much of an increase; $100 is a lot of money for people right now that are struggling," said Amanda Dennis.

If the referendum is passed, the average homeowner in the Seaford School District would see a tax increase of $100 a year.

"Maybe start off a little smaller or whatever, but we do need an increase for the kids," Dennis said.

The district said the money would go toward filling a $1.2 million funding gap that would address staffing ratios in lower grades, and allow district officials to invest in more programs.

"The programs I agree with but taxing people that don't have it, that's what I'm concerned about. There [aren't] even jobs out here for people trying," David Jones said. He said he will not be voting "yes" for the referendum.

But Dennis said she will vote "yes" because she is willing to accept the extra cost for students.

The referendum will be held Feb. 27 at Seaford High School.

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