SUSSEX CO., Del. - Cape Henlopen School District is looking at making some changes to their elementary schools in light of what they say is a good problem: increased enrollment from more families with children moving into the area.
The school district held two community meetings in mid-May to present a number of possible options.
One is to build a brand new, 5th elementary school. Another, to renovate the districts four elementary schools to allow for 700 students.
Another idea is to expand two middle schools, adding a classroom at each wing, an option Fulton says the Board of Education could act on this June.
Regarding H.O. Brittingham and Milton Elementary Schools, which have recently gained attention for an apparent disproportionate socio-economic makeup, Fulton says
"The students that attend those schools are very different economically, one school is roughly 70% free/reduced lunch, the other was roughly 40% free/reduced lunch so as we looked at the larger picture, we're also looking at things to help make all of our schools more diverse."
This could possibly be done by making H.O.B. for kindergarten - 2nd grade, and Milton Elementary a 3rd-5th grade school. The superintendent says this would be feasible at the two schools because they're relatively one mile apart.
And lastly, Cape Henlopen could redistrict, something that would likely happen nearing the completion of that 5th elementary school, but Superintendent Fulton reminds that all of these options are likely a few years away.