Bridgeville - Greenwood News Briefs
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Bridgeville Dinner
Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company 15th annual spring dinner, will be held at the Bridgeville Fire Hall, Sunday, March 7, from noon-5 p.m. Food will include roast beef and dumplings, trimmings and dessert. Adults, $9; children under 12, $3; pre-school are free. Carry outs available.

Bridgeville Meeting Changed
The regular monthly Bridgeville Town Commission meeting has been changed to Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the town hall, 101 N. Main St., Bridgeville.

  Woodbridge board member not happy with senior class outdoor graduation ceremony
By Mike McClure

During last Tuesday’s Woodbridge School Board meeting, the board received feedback from the senior class advisor regarding plans for the class of 2004 to hold an outdoor graduation. One board member also commented on the recent passage of a referendum to provide the local share for the construction of a new track, athletic fields, an agricultural area, and the relocation of the district offices. Joanne Collison, who is the parent of a member of Woodbridge High’s graduating class as well as a teacher and the senior class advisor, voiced opposition to plans to hold this year’s commencement outside. According to Collison, her graduation ceremonies (at Woodbridge) were held outside and were ruined by rain. While she noted that an outdoor graduation would provide stadium seating allowing more people to attend, Collison said the disadvantages included: a party atmosphere, the possibility of bad weather, poor acoustics, all graduates seated at one level, relatives with medical conditions may not be able to attend because of the heat, and organizers would have to set up for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. “We have a beautiful facility, the auditorium is very nice,” said Collison, who added that she was disappointed with the seniors’ decision to move the commencement exercises outside this year. During the board reports, board member Shawn Bowman expressed his appreciation for the recent passage of the referendum. “I think it’s going to be a great leap forward for the district. We’ve always been the ‘look what they don’t have school’, now maybe we’ll be the ‘look what we do have school’.” The board voted to approve the After Prom Party at Seaford Bowling Lanes, which takes place each year following the Woodbridge High School prom. At the beginning of the school board meeting, superintendent Kevin Carson recognized the district’s special education program, which has a low dropout level while the state average recently increased. Also, students who complete Rita Hovermale’s three-year preschool child care program will be granted a license to open their own child care facility when they turn 18. The board also recognized the efforts of the Woodbridge varsity girls’ basketball team, which was on the verge of winning the Henlopen South championship (at the time of the meeting). The Lady Raiders have since clinched the title with Seaford’s win over Lake Forest last Friday.