Capital School District, located in Dover, DE, will be going out for a referendum next year to help build two new middle schools in the district. Tomorrow night the district will be holding a public forum at Central Middle School to get public input on their plans for the district. Tonight, Superintendent Dr. Dan Shelton sent the following message out to parents in the district:
Hello, this is Dr. Shelton from the Capital School District.
We are very excited that the State has agreed to fund their portion of two new Middle Schools to be built on the property of the Old High School on Pat Lynn Drive. On Monday, December 3rd at 6PM, we will be holding a Public Forum in the Auditorium at Central Middle School to discuss the impact to our approved grade-level reconfiguration once the Middle Schools have been completed (in 2023). We are seeking public input as we adapt the Facility Master plan to accommodate initial re-alignment after having only 2 of our projects approved.
We hope that you are able to join us in this discussion on Monday, December 3rd at 6PM in the Auditorium of Central Middle School.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Should the referendum pass, you can find out how it would impact your tax rate on your home in the Capital School District by first typing in your address here and then by going to Capital’s FAQ on the 2019 referendum here.
The main purpose of this particular project is to realign the middle schools in the district. Currently, the district has two middle schools, William Henry with grades 5-6 and Central Middle School with grades 7-8. The new middle schools would house grades 6-8, like most Delaware middle schools, and would have different programs than those that are now in place. Think career pathways and all that!
I have long advocated for this realignment. It makes sense and would put Capital’s middle schools at more of an equal footing for middle school students compared to the rest of the state.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the forum tomorrow night but if any eagle-eyed attendees want to report what goes down, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook!
The referendum, roughly scheduled to take place in April of 2019, will have a date announced officially by the Kent County Department of Elections.