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Indian River Receives Funding to Support Low-Income and English Learners Students

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SELBYVILLE, Del.- The Indian River School District has received $2.2 million from the state of Delaware to help its English Learners and low-income students.

"Our students deserve this," says reading specialists Meghan Fulmer, who works at North Georgetown Elementary School.

The funding will be used to help English Language Learners and low-income students improve their reading and math skills.

"We want to help our ELL and Low-Income students achieve the same levels than the other students, this funding will help with that," says Kelly Dorman, director of elementary education for the district. 

The district is planning to hire 13 interventionists who will assist students in the classroom.

"Each building will get an interventionist," says Renee Jerns, director of secondary education. "Each school will determine the kids' needs, and how the interventionist can help and then design the program to fit those needs."

The funding will also go to after-school and summer programs, and the hiring of two community liaisons to help connect students with the resources they need.

Last school year, 20.32% of the students in the Indian River School District was classified as ELL (English Language Learners) and 32.1% qualified as low-income students.

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