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Enrollment Skyrockets at Indian River


GEORGETOWN, Del. - Enrollment is up in a big way in the Indian River School District. Wednesday afternoon administrators in the district traveled to each school, collecting the enrollment numbers, and in the end they found an increase of 408 students from the year before. 

In 2013 Indian River had 9,435 students studying in the district. As of Tuesday, that number has skyrocketed to 9,843 in 2014. Administrators tell WBOC that they anticipated a growth of approximately 200 students, leaving them surprised by the jump of more than 400. 

"We are only going to get bigger," said Assistant Superintendent Mark Steele. 

He said the increase caught everyone off guard. 

"The rate of growth that we've seen this year compared to the last five was astronomical," he said. "And we certainly didn't expect this. We expected around maybe 9,600. At this rate, we'll do some adjustments. Will do some projects. And we'll have to do long-range planning." 

Steel said that the bulk of the increases happened in the more northern parts of the county, including the Georgetown and Millsboro areas. Below is a list of some of the biggest increases: 

- Long Neck increased by 45 students. 

- John M. Clayton increased by 30 students. 

- East Millsboro increased by 65 students. 

- Selbyville Middle increased by 30 students. 

- Georgetown Middle increased by 84 students. 

- Sussex Central increased by 89 students. 

Kathy Stevens, a mother picking up her child at the Georgetown Middle School Wednesday said that she wants more investment into the district to keep up with this growth. 

"There's extra children coming in," she said. "And that's a good thing. But we need extra expansions for the school. And a lot more funding." 

With the announcement that many immigrant children were living in Delaware, WBOC also asked Steele if this was a factor in the growth. However, he said that this was not a factor in his eyes, since the number of hispanic students in the district actually decreased from 2013 to 2014. 

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