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Sussex Central's Portable Classrooms Raise Safety Concerns

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GEORGETOWN, Del - Several portable classroom trailers are now found on the backside of Sussex Central High School. It is the Indian River School District's solution to an overcrowding situation. A situation that it will be dealing with well into the 2020's. The freshman class that started school on September 3 is in excess of 500 students.
 
Earlier in the year, the district pushed for a referendum that would have raised property taxes. The money generated was designed to go towards the construction of a new high school just 15 years after the current one was built. In May, the referendum was defeated by 65 votes. Good-bye bigger school and hello to the portable classrooms.
 

School shooting incidents have made it necessary for vigilance against outside threats. Two weeks into this academic year there is a concern at Sussex Central over the need of walking outside to attend a class in one of the trailers. "The school has made sure that we have security personnel out there but they can not be everywhere at once," Sussex Central teacher Robert Weber said.  "It is a real factor, I have seen it in the students and at times it has effected their performance."

Sussex Central does have an armed constable and other staff on-site as a safety measure. In addition, the school will add fencing around the portable classrooms. "I think it is another added level of security," Sussex Central Principal Bradley Layfield explained.

The number of trailers and the cost are expected increase. By 2024, Indian River School District officials believe as many as 25 portable classrooms will be needed at Sussex Central. With additional trailers, it is estimated that the operating cost will jump to $700,000 a year.

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