Referendum Defeated by District Voters
Referendum Defeated by District Voters
Posted on 05/07/2019

The Indian River School District’s major capital improvement referendum was defeated by district residents on Tuesday, May 7. The official vote totals are as follows:

FOR: 4,578

AGAINST: 4,643

“The defeat of the referendum is a serious blow to the Indian River School District,” Superintendent Mark Steele said. “We are faced with an anticipated enrollment growth of more than 1,700 students in the next six years and there is no guarantee the State of Delaware will approve funding for these construction projects in the future. As a result, we may not be able to host another major capital improvement referendum for several years. The district has no choice but to utilize portable classrooms to alleviate overcrowding in our schools. We project the need for about 22 portables across the district in the next five years. The cost of portable classrooms is astronomical and these units must be funded through our operating budget. This will likely necessitate the need for a current expense referendum sooner than we expected. However, the district respects the democratic process and will examine all possible options to keep our students safe and provide them with the best learning environment possible.” 

The referendum sought funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School, an eight-classroom addition at Indian River High School and a four-classroom addition at Selbyville Middle School.