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The Indian River School District has lowered its property tax rate for a second year in a row.

For this fiscal year it will go down a penny from $2.69 per $100 of assessed value to $2.68.

The reduction was approved by the Board of Education earlier this month.

It is the result of a retirement of 20-year construction bonds and a decline in interest payments.

In addition, there was a minor capital adjustment due to a carryover of money from last year.        

BALTIMORE (AP) - School systems in Maryland can apply to waive up to three snow days this year.

After a winter that saw many systems delay and cancel classes because of snow and ice, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to authorize Superintendent Lillian Lowery to make case-by-case decisions on waivers from the state's 180-day requirement.

The board also asked that each system's waiver request include an outline of calendar changes made to meet students' instructional needs.

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Mayor Jim Ireton and Wicomico’s NAACP Chapter president Marty Ashanti said they opposed legislation in Annapolis that would allow for an elected school board in Wicomico County.

During a state Senate hearing the Salisbury official said there has been little community input with only one public hearing on the proposal.

If approved the measure would present the question of an elected school board to the voters during the general election next year.

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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education got a no confidence vote from teachers unions in the two biggest school districts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Red Clay Education Association and the Christina Education Association say that state leaders have “slandered” Delaware’s traditional public schools.

The paper reports that they charged the administration has done this through the over reliance on standardized test scores and imposing mandates on teacher without their input.

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Larry Dodd who was just elected to the Wicomico County Council has a potential conflict of interest.

He also serves on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

For the moment Dodd says he will serve on both bodies at least until 2015.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that with board of education Vice President Donald Fitzgerald’s term ending after 2014 he wanted to make it easier for Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan to make both appointments at the same time.

The Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute’s charter will not be renewed.

After more than a year of warnings, Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education voted unanimously yesterday to revoke the charter.

That means it will close by the end of the school year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Murphy said he recognized that this was a difficult decision for the community and that the state would work with residents to ensure a smooth transition.

Parents told the Wicomico County Board of Education that they are upset by two recent decisions about where their children will attend school in the coming year.

During a public meeting yesterday that they said they were opposed to the district decision to consolidate its Magnet accelerated learning program.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that parents with children enrolled in the Magnet program at Pemberton Middle School complained about the decision to only have the program at North Salisbury Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.

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Wicomico County voters will be facing some charter changes this fall.

Among the measures on the ballot is one dealing with petitions filed with the election board.

It would require residents to gather 20 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last presidential election or 10-thousand people whichever is fewer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that currently the number is 15 percent of registered voters in the county.