IRSD school board rejects DSBA membership for 2018-19

GEORGETOWN – Apparently, the price was not right. Indian River School District’s board of education by two-thirds majority voted against 2018-19 membership in the Delaware School Boards Association that carries a $15,105 annual fee covering that fiscal year. “Fifteen thousand dollars is a lot of money,” said IRSD board of education vice president Rodney Layfield, […]

IRSD teacher lands Presidential Award for Excellence

GEORGETOWN – Indian River School District educator Christa Ferdig has been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award is for the year 2016. Ms. Ferdig was previously a fifth-grade teacher at Long Neck Elementary School. She is currently a math and science teacher at Georgetown Middle […]

Three-cent decrease in Indian River School District’s 2018-19 tax rate

GEORGETOWN – For the average taxpayer, it could mean a Little Caesar’s “Extramostbestest” pizza or maybe a couple Starbucks’ coffees. Tax bills arriving in the coming weeks will be slightly lower for property owners in the Indian River School District, thanks to a drop in the district’s tuition tax. Indian River School District’s board of […]

Faith, love accompany SCHS valedictorian in life’s journey

GEORGETOWN – Wherever Carlynn Rodriguez goes in life and whatever she does, rest assured it will be filled with faith and love. Her message as valedictorian to fellow Sussex Central High School Class of 2018 graduates May 30 had a recurring theme: “Simply be kind to one another. And yes, hold onto memories, but don’t […]

Conquering challenges put Priya at head of the class

DAGSBORO — Thus far, Priya Patel’s journey in life has been one of overcoming challenges – and an exercise in healthy living. “I’m really into nutrition,” said the 18-year-old native of India. “I like being healthy.” “Healthy body, healthy mind” is more than a quotable catch-phrase for Priya. Tuesday, May 29, at Indian River High […]

Student engagement primary goal of honored social studies teacher

MILLSBORO — During the summer months, Rob Syphard stands guard in life-saving mode along southern Delaware’s beaches. As a seventh-grade social studies teacher, from September into June his mission is to teach students to engage. “My goal really is engagement. I want them to really want to learn,” said Mr. Syphard. “I feel like that […]

Class of 2018 Ravens poised to leave comfort of high school nest

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Technical High School’s Class of 2018 has officially left the Ravens’ nest. Three hundred and 50 seniors crossed the stage – and the unofficial bridge into post-high school adulthood – Thursday night as graduates during commencement ceremonies at Raven Stadium. A huge crowd of family and friends was on hand for graduation, […]

On a misty night, Sussex Central Golden Knights reign as graduates

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central High School’s Class of 2018 reigned as Golden Knight graduates Wednesday night during the school’s 49th annual commencement. Three hundred and 62 seniors received diplomas during the evening graduation, staged outdoors in the stadium in occasional mist. Wet weather in no way dampened the excitement, spirit, joy and in some cases […]

IR Pride: Powerful commencement filled with thanks, support and goodbyes

DAGSBORO – Filled with pride and power, Indian River High School’s 49th commencement was an evening of thanks, goodbyes, a look ahead, priceless memories – and even a reunion. “This is a unique class,” said longtime Indian River School District administrator Michael Williams, the first-year principal at Indian River High School. “It truly has been […]

New Sussex Central High School, building additions in major cap proposal

DAGSBORO — Several months in the works, Indian River School District’s board of education has mapped out a definitive forward path to address overcrowding growing pains and capacity issues at the majority of its 16 schools. By an 8-0-1 vote May 21, the school board opted for an Option 2 proposal recommended by IRSD Superintendent […]