Cape Henlopen School District

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If one Delaware lawmaker has his way school in the state would start after Labor Day.

State Senate Minority Leader Gerald Hocker told WRDE that he believed that businesses in the First State would benefit from such a delay.

The Delaware Republican said that the first effort was able to get past the Senate but then failed as time ran out for the session.

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A lawsuit has been filed charging the Cape Henlopen School District with failing to act when a former high school student was inappropriately touched by a stage manager.

The incident allegedly occurred in 2015 when Theresa Collins was 17.

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Voters will go to the polls on March 20th to cast their ballots on a referendum for the Cape Henlopen School District.

The district will be asking for a tax increase to generate $21 million for a new middle school and the expansion of Cape Henlopen High School.

It would add $46 a year onto the average household to their property taxes.

WBOC reports that the district says the expansion is needed to meet the growing student enrollment.

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The Cape Henlopen School Board will hold a meeting to day to review a controversial plan that would try to better balance the socio-economic status of students in the district.

WBOC reports that the plan known as Option F would provide students north of Slaughter Creek to Milton Elementary school while all students in the town of Milton would go to H.O. Brittingham Elementary school.  

For students in walking distance of Milton Elementary School they would get the chance to stay at the school.

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Referendums in the Christina and Cape Henlopen school districts got the thumbs up from voters yesterday for additional funding.

But in Brandywine school district another funding measure failed when presented to the voters.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Christina was asking for a 21 percent increase in funding for their operating budget while Brandywine wanted $9.5 million for its regular operating budget and $19 million for a construction project.

The Brandywine request was approved by just 145 votes out of over 13-thousand cast.

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The Cape Henlopen School District wants to build a new elementary school to replace H.O. Brittingham and Rehoboth Elementary schools in addition to renovating the Lewes School and Milton Elementary school for a total cost of $130 million.

Superintendent Bob Fulton said that it would require a referendum vote in late March.

WBOC reports that the state would cough up 60 percent of the funds but the rest would have to come from local tax payers amounting to $48 million.

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There were two bomb threats made against two public schools in Sussex County yesterday.

Around 9:35 a.m. the Shields Elementary School in Lewes received a call from an unknown male.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the school was evacuated and then searched but nothing suspicious was found.

Then, at around 9:45 a.m. the John M. Clayton Elementary School in Frankford got an automated call.

The paper reports that the caller said there was someone in the parking lot with an explosive.

The school was evacuated but again nothing was found.

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The Cape Henlopen School District wants a $154.5 million referendum to go before the voters.

The funding request comes after the state of Delaware offered $106 million for renovating and rebuilding five elementary schools.

WBOC reports that school officials say the request is based on need not want pointing out that the average elementary school in the district is 70 years old.

The referendum proposal is set to come up before the Board of Education at 6 p.m. at Beacon Middle School.

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There was another bomb threat yesterday.

This time at Stephen Decatur High School.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Worcester County school district officials said the high school got a live call at around 9:30 a.m.

The school’s 13-hundred students were quickly evacuated.

Law enforcement officials found no explosives and the students went back to class at around 11:25 a.m.

Meanwhile, there was a rumor of a bomb threat at Richard A. Shields Elementary School.

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The Cape Henlopen School district could have some new schools in its future.

A taskforce has recommended a plan that would include renovating or completely replacing five elementary schools.

The facilities that could be replaced are the Brittingham and Rehoboth elementary schools.

WBOC reports that the task force also called for the district to buy land in the Lewes area for a new county-wide Consortium

The first phase would cost $47 million.

$18 million would come from local funding while the state would come up with the rest.

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The Delaware State Human Relations Commission has asked for a meeting with the Superintendent of the Cape Henlopen School District over issues related to the LGBT community.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that minutes from an August 14th meeting of the commission said it is looking into a number of issues.

These include a teacher disparaging gays in a Human Development class at Cape Henlopen High School and the decision to deny the Gay-Straight Alliance Club from wearing rainbow colored stoles at graduation.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Some parents and school board members in southern Delaware say they are caught between state mandates and local safety concerns in the placement of school bus stops.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports several buses in the Cape Henlopen School District have stopped driving into housing developments to pick up students. The district mandated a walk zone this year based on state rules.

Some parents say their students now have to wait along busy roads in Lewes.

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There will be no reading list this summer for in-coming high school students in the Cape Henlopen school district.

Earlier this month the board dropped from its summer reading list “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” about a teenager who discovers she is gay.

Last night on a 6-to-1 vote last night the board decided to return to the district previous practice.

That requires college preparatory students to read one book for the summer and honors students two books.

Only Noble Prettyman voted against the motion.

In the Cape Henlopen School District voters will be casting their ballots for a referendum today.

The measure calls for a hike in the property tax which would cost the average property owner an extra $59 a year.

It would take effect over the next three years.

The measure would help pay for the construction of a new elementary school with enrollment having grown by nearly 1-thousand students over the last 12 years.

The new elementary school would be located in Rehoboth Beach along Route 24.

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There will be no Bible class for students in the Cape Henlopen School District.

The Board of Education split 3-to-3 on whether to move ahead with a proposal for such a class based on the Bible Literacy Project that looks at the Bible’s impact on history, art and literature.

Voting for the proposal were Spencer Brittingham, Jennifer burton and Sandi Minard.

Against were Roni Posner, Andy Lewis and Sara Wilkinson.

Board member Nobly Prettyman did not attend the meeting.