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Cape Henlopen School District Prepares for Referendum

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LEWES, Del. - The Cape Henlopen School District is preparing for a referendum April 2 that would raise property taxes to build a new elementary school.

According to District Superintendent Robert Fulton, a population study has shown that an increasing number of children are moving into the district, and there will not be enough classrooms in the current schools.

The new 720 student elementary school would be located on Route 24 across from Beacon Middle School.

The State of Delaware has committed 60% of the $30,909,700. The final 40 percent will come from taxpayers.

The initial tax increase would be 10 cents per $100 home assessed value. Then in 2017 it would go up to 27 cents. According to the Cape Henlopen School District website, the average assessed home value in the district is $21,546, which would see a $22 tax increase in the first year the referendum takes effect.

Jason Guarino has two children at Milton Elementary School and is in support of the referendum.
 
"My son has 24 in his class and I believe my daughter has 23 or 24 in her's too, and the classrooms are just too small and the kids are just getting too big," he said. "We need more schools and they need to be bigger, we have all this land and like I said the communities are getting so big, they're throwing up houses left and right, we need more schools."

The district would revise attendance zones to balance out the schools. However, some residents in the district think any student should have the option of using the new elementary school. Todd Janiszewski lives in Milton, but the new school would be in Rehoboth Beach.

"If they're going to build one school in Rehoboth Beach and they want to charge the citizens of Milton taxes for building that school they need to include the children of Milton to be able to go to that school," he explained.

The referendum would also fund new classrooms in a few of the district's middle schools as well as operating expenses.

The district is hosting meetings to explain why the referendum is needed. They will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 11 at Rehoboth Elementary School
  • Wednesday, March 19 at Milton Elementary School
  • Monday, March 24 at Cape Henlopen High School
  • Tuesday, March 25 at Beacon Middle School.

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