IRSD Schools Closed on Thurs, Dec 21 for Election

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Indian River School District Schools will be closed on Thursday, December 21st because of the 37th House District special election. State law requires public schools to be closed if they are being utilized as polling locations for state elections. All district employees should not report to work, with the exception of custodial staff designated to…

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UPDATED: Sussex Central HS Principal Fired by Indian River School District

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Over the weekend, Sussex Central High School principal, Dr. Bradley Layfield, was fired by the District School Board. Layfield’s attorney, Thomas Neuberger says that the notice came in written form on Saturday. This incident began in May when the Indian River School District announced that ‘some staff’ had been placed on administrative leave. This, in…

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Two IRSD Schools Receive State Recognition Honors

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Two Indian River School District schools have been named Delaware Recognition Schools for 2023. Phillip C. Showell Elementary in Selbyville was honored for Exceptional Student Performance while North Georgetown Elementary was a winner for Excellence in Serving Special Populations. They are two of 16 Delaware schools to receive Recognition School honors. Each school will receive…

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Indian River School District Awarded Reimagining Professional Learning Grant

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The Indian River School District has been awarded Delaware’s prestigious Reimagining Professional Learning Grant. The math content specialists behind this achievement were: • James Wheatley, Secondary Math Specialist; • Carla Costa, Instructional Coach; and • Jilian Whaley, Elementary Math Specialist. The IRSD is proud of their math content specialists and the entire educational community for…

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Meal Prices Unchanged for Indian River School District Students

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School begins Tuesday in the Indian River School District and District officials say the cost of student breakfast and lunch will remain the same this school year. This is the 19th consecutive year without an increase is meal prices. Breakfast for all grade levels remains at 60 cents. Elementary school lunch is $1 and middle…

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UPDATED: Dr Judith Brittingham named Acting Principal at Sussex Central HS

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UPDATED – 8/20/23 – After last week’s Indian River School Board meeting, District Superintendent Dr. Jay Owens announced some changes at Sussex Central High School. Effective immediately – Dr. Judith Brittingham has been approved as the Acting Principal at Central and Dr Tara Thoroughgood has been named the district’s Acting Director of Special Education. Owens…

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IRSD: Last Day of School for Students – June 8

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There were no snow days or other weather-related school cancellations this past year so the last day of school for Indian River School District students in grades Pre-K to 11 will be Thursday, June 8. The last day for teachers will be Monday, June 12 and June 9th for para-professionals.

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Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Dr. Jennah Truitt Is IRSD Teacher Of The Year

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A Lord Baltimore Elementary School teacher is Indian River School District Teacher of the Year.Dr. Jennah Truitt was recognized with the honor Thursday. Each of the district’s 15 schools nominated a candidate.Truitt has been teaching in the Indian River district for eleven years.“The moment you enter Dr. Truitt’s classroom, it is evident that she possesses…

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IRSD Qualifies 4 Teams for VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas

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Four teams of Indian River School District students have qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas on May 8-12. A team from Lord Baltimore Elementary School qualified by winning the Design Award at the Bots at the Beach Regional Competition on February 26 at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton. Team members…

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Howard T. Ennis School Closed Tue. Due To Mechanical Issue

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Howard T. Ennis School will not be open for students and staff today (Tuesday) due to a mechanical issue in the building, according to the Indian River School District. Students and staff at the Howard T. Ennis satellite programs at John M. Clayton Elementary School, Georgetown Elementary, Georgetown Middle School and Sussex Central High School…

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Sussex Co. School Districts Are Recruiting For Teachers

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Area school districts are recruiting for more teachers. The Indian River School District, the Seaford School District and Delaware State University will host several recruitment events to highlight DSU’s alternative routes to certification program. People who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education, but are interested in becoming a teacher, are…

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IRSD Highlights State Incentive As It Searches For Substitute Teachers

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The Indian River School District is inviting recent state retirees to serve as substitute teachers. Under the State of Emergency recently revised by Governor John Carney, state employees who have recently retired may accept positions as substitute teachers after one-month separation of state service. Previously, a six-month waiting period was required. To address the current…

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Laurel HS Students Described As Remorseful Following Behavior At Football Game

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Some Laurel High School Students are showing remorse for their behavior at Friday night’s home football playoff game against Indian River High School, during which they revealed shirts that contained profanity and “unsportsmanlike language.” Superintendent Dr. Shawn Larrimore said Monday that the school became aware of the incident and was able to identify the students…

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Gov. Carney Submits Nomination For New Secretary Of Education

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Governor John Carney has nominated a former superintendent of the Brandywine School District to become Delaware’s next Secretary of Education. If confirmed by the State Senate, Dr. Mark Holodick would replace Dr. Susan Bunting. Bunting was superintendent of the Indian River School District before joining the Carney administration in 2017. She plans to step down…

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2 Sussex Co. Schools Win Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition

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Rehoboth Elementary School and Southern Delaware School of the Arts are getting national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School for 2021. A total of 325 schools across the country are being honored for their overall academic performance, and / or their progress in closing achievement gaps among subgroups of students. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel…

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IR School Board “No Confidence” in Gov Carney’s Mask Mandate

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The Indian River School Board listened to dozens of parents on both sides of the mask issue during Monday night’s school board meeting then the Board voted 9 to 1 on a motion by Dr. Donald Hattier on a vote of “no confidence” regarding the Governor’s mask mandate and the Division of Public Health. The…

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Indian River School Board Takes It Outside Monday

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Monday’s meeting of the Indian River School District Board of Education will be held outdoors. According to district officials, members of the public will be seated in the home field bleachers at the Sussex Central High School stadium. Face coverings will be optional. If weather becomes inclement, the meeting would move indoors to the Sussex…

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