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Indian River School District Referendum Defeated

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The Indian River School District's major capital improvement and current expense referendum ended in a defeat.

The vote on on Tuesday, Feb. 5, sought funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom addition at Indian River High School and a four-classroom addition at Selbyville Middle School.

This vote on major capitol improvements ended in an unofficial count of 3,202 vote for and 3,866 against.

Another vote asked for funding for staff, curriculum, supplies, transportation and utility expenses for a high school and elementary school. That vote on current expenses resulted in an unofficial count of 3,124 for while 3,836 voted against.

“We are obviously disappointed with the outcome of the referendum but we respect the wishes of our residents,” Superintendent Mark Steele said.

Steele went on to say that something will need to be done for the more than 1,700 students coming into the school system in the next six years.

"In the coming weeks, our administration and Board of Education will re-evaluate our needs and formulate strategies to accommodate this rapid rate of growth," Steele said. 

Steele said that the district will "remain committed to providing the best possible learning environment to the students." He says another referendum is being considered later in the year.

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