Indian River School District

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9:52 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Objections to LGBT Inclusion in Health Curriculum

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As the Indian River School District ponders what to include in its textbooks for a new health curriculum one school board member objected to any discussion of gender identity.

The definitions in the lesson plan included heterosexual, straight, homosexual, gay, lesbian and bisexual.

But during a workshop board member Shaun Fink said he did not want any discussion of gender identity or homosexuality.

The definitions also cover transgendered people and gender roles.

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12:13 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Indian River School District Faces Lawsuit Over Bad Titanic Experiment

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Sussex County judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Indian River School District and a teacher following a classroom experiment gone bad.

The lawsuit involves a 2012 experiment at Southern Delaware School of the Arts involving the sinking of the Titanic, with students holding their hands in ice water for as long they could.  One student says she was left with serious and permanent injuries after holding her right hand and arm in ice water for about 40 minutes.

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3:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

School Board Frustration Over Expected Immigrant Students

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Members of the Indian River School Board expressed frustration at yesterday’s meeting with Governor Jack Markell over the impact of the state taking in over a hundred unaccompanied undocumented children.

The federal government has place 117 of them with families in Delaware.

Superintendent Susan Bunting told the board that the children will attend schools in the district promising to work with them.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in recent years there has been a surge of overall student population including Sussex Central High School.

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12:19 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Property Tax Cut for Indian River School District Residents

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Residents in Indian River School District will see a reduction of 5 cents in their property tax rate for the fiscal year of 2015.

Last night the Indian River Board of Education voted to cut the rate from $2.74 cents per $100 of assessed property value to $2.69 cents.

Most of the decrease came from a reduction in the debt service.

The District says that while it was required to sell bonds to fund the costs of building expansion that was offset by paying off bonds from construction projects in the mid-1990’s.

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12:01 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Two Top Indian River School District Administrators Reassigned

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. (AP) - The Indian River School District has reassigned the two top administrators from Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Officials placed Principal John Turssline and Assistant Principal Melissa Oates on administrative leave earlier this month, but declined to say why. Now officials say the pair has been reassigned within the district.

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11:45 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Top Leadership Replaced at Elementary School in Ocean View

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. (AP) - The Indian River School District has placed Lord Baltimore Elementary School's principal and assistant principal on leave.

Officials said Thursday that Principal John Turssline and Assistant Principal Melissa Oates were placed on administrative leave, but declined to say why because it is considered a personnel issue.

District spokesman David Maull says the pair will be on leave pending further action by the Board of Education, which meets next week.

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8:55 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Armed Guards Placed in Indian River Schools

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Armed security officers are now strolling the hallways in the Indian River School District.

The move follows the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year.

Most of them are former Delaware State troopers and will be present every minute of the school day at the 14 facilities in the district.

But there are some that don’t feel comfortable with guns being carried in the schools.

Billy Windgate of Selbyville told WBOC that that he does not believe firearms belong on school grounds.

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11:55 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Voters Approve Tax Hike for Indian River School District

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Voters have approved a referendum in the Indian River School District to raise $6.2 million to build new classrooms and fund teaching positions.

Voters approved two questions on school funding Tuesday by a 2-to-1 margin. The plan adds 14.7 cents to the property tax rate, boosting it to $2.77 for every $100 of assessed value. The tax hike is expected to cost the average property owner an extra $38.05 next year.

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9:03 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Back to School on Delmarva

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It’s back to school.


WICOMICO


In Wicomico County there will be some clothing changes under a pilot project called the Consistent Attire Program at nine schools. 


The District is restricting attire to polo shirts, oxfords and turtlenecks for tops and khakis, capris, skorts and jumpers for pants.


These can be bought at a variety of stores ranging from Target and Sears to Old Navy and Walmart.

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8:54 am
Mon July 9, 2012

School District Keeps Indian as Moscot and Name

The Board of Education has rejected a proposal to remove Indians as the name and mascot of the Indian River School District.

The Wilmington News reports that the school administrators had never been asked to change the name since it was adopted in 1967.

The Board said there was only one complaint.

Ocean View resident Lloyd Elling suggested the name was racist and proposed that it be removed.

But Education Board President Charlie Bireley said that members of the community were overwhelmingly opposed.  

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10:08 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Indian River School District Uses Website To Fight Bullying

 

The Indian River School District is reaching out on their website...to those who may have been subjected to bullying.

At http://www.irsd.net/,  a bullying prevention form where an incident can be reported without a name attached.

The district is asking for as much information as possible and users will have to Name the school where the incident allegedly occurred.

Preston Lewis, administrator of student services, told the Wilmington News Journal that the district will then send it to assistant principals at the school. 

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