will try again for tax boost
By Lynn R. Parks
For the second time this year, the Woodbridge School District is asking
residents to OK an increase in school taxes in order to build a middle
school. The board voted 4 to 1 this week to approve a May 6 referendum
on a total 59.5-percent increase in school taxes.
A Feb. 29 referendum which asked for a 67.5-percent increase in school
taxes was defeated. The part of the tax increase which would have
built a new middle school lost by a vote of 958 to 1,022. The capital
expense portion of the tax increase lost by a vote of 917 to 1,034.
"We are responding to the concerns we heard voiced in the last referendum,"
said superintendent Kevin Carson. The size of the tax increase has
been pared down and a proposal to build a new administration building
has been eliminated.
Administration offices will remain in the kindergarten building in
Bridgeville. Renovations to that building to create more kindergarten
space have been scrapped.
The second referendum will also ask for a hike in the district's capitation
tax from $7.70 per resident to $24.80 per resident. The capitation
tax applies to household residents who are 18 or older.
Carson said that the capitation tax hike is being requested to answer
district residents' concerns that the burden of paying school taxes
falls mainly on property owners. The $24.80 is the average of capitation
taxes charged in the Milford, Seaford and Laurel school districts.
Carson said that after the Feb. 29 referendum, the Raider Spirit Committee,
which first suggested the tax hike, was still interested in pursuing
a new middle school. "They still are interested in providing an environment
for quality education," he said.
students are Academic Bowl winners
A group of students from Woodbridge High School recently participated
in the Blue Hen Academic Bowl Invitational at the University of Delaware.
The team did well, especially in the "Trash Round," defeating William
Penn 385 to 50.
Senior Robert Tribbett was second highest individual scorer for the
event. Many different schools were represented by more than 50 students.
Other members of the Raider team were Kelly McDowell, Chad Robinson
and Jason Youse. The advisor for the Raider team is Linda Smith.
Raiders attend, win prizes at science symposium
Six members of Helen Gieske's physics class at Woodbridge High School
recently went to the University of Delaware to participate in the
Delaware Science, Math and Technology Symposium. They were: Jarelle
Bruso, who finished second; Steve Breeding, who finished third: Robert
Tribbett, who received honorable mention; Lindsay Slaughter, Ty Leonard
and Dennis Daisy.
All members of the Raider team were entered in the poster presentation,
physical science for 11th and 12th graders category.
Variety Show This Weekend:
"Our Town USA," the Bridgeville Lions Club's 47th annual variety show,
will be Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, 8 p.m. in the Woodbridge
High School auditorium. Admission is $5. Tickets for a 50/50 raffle
will be sold during the show; cost will be $1. For details, call director
Rick Tull at 629-9543.