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: Continue reading
Merry Christmas Appo Citizens! Santa might bring you a tax increase for the holidays! Appoquinimink School District is holding a referendum for capital projects and operational increases on December 20th, from 10am to 8pm. The State of Delaware approved their request. I find December 20th to be a very odd date for a referendum. People are getting ready for the holidays and celebrating.
The capital cost part of the referendum will call for the following:
A new High School and Middle School at the Fairview Campus
A new Elementary School at Whitehall
Renovating and expanding Silver Lake Elementary School
Rebuilding and expanding Everett Meredith Middle School
If the referendum passes, the state will pay 75% of the costs and Appoquinimink will pay 25% out of the referendum tax increase. As well, they are also having a second part of the referendum to deal with operational costs in the following areas:
Enhancement and replacement of instructional technology
Staff recruitment and retention
Operating expenses associated with enrollment growth
The referendum would see taxpayers in the district paying an average of $17.36 more a month in school taxes based on an average assessed home price of $88,500.00. Keep in mind, this is the assessed value of a home and not the actual value of the home. I find the new elementary school at Whitehall to be ironic given that the Delaware State Board of Education approved a charter school at that location but the Mapleton at Whitehall Charter School board decided to try their luck in Dover but then gave up unexpectedly and turned in their charter.