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Indian River School District Prepares for Major Capital Improvement Referendum

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MILLSBORO, Del.- The Indian River School District will host a major capital improvement referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13.

The referendum will seek funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School. According to the school district, the referendum will result in a maximum possible tax increase of $63.71 for the average district property owner if approved. This increase will be phased in over a three-year period. 

Superintendent Mark Steele said overcrowding in the northern end of the district is reaching a "crisis stage and the construction plan being put before voters is the most equitable solution."

The new Sussex Central High School will have a capacity of 2,200 students. The district said the new building will be approximately 309,799-square-feet and be built on district-owned property next to the existing high school north of Millsboro.

"The school really needs that because there's so many children and they need the space," said Beth Morris of Dagsboro.

Under the plan, Millsboro Middle School will move into the existing Sussex Central High School building and allow the existing Millsboro Middle School to be converted into an additional elementary school. The proposed new high school will be built on land that is already owned by the school district.

Not all tax payers are on board with the plan.

"Quite a few seniors live in this area, and that's taking a lot out of their pockets and we don't get no relief from it," said George Snow of Millsboro.

If the referendum does not pass, the school board said they will have to add more portable classrooms at schools, and they may also have to redistrict to move more students into the Indian River School District feeder pattern.

The district will host several public meetings ahead of the referendum.

Public meeting schedule

  • Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Sussex Central High School, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Indian River High School, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Sussex Central High School, 9 a.m. (Special session for senior citizens)
  • Monday, Feb. 3 – Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 7 p.m.

 

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