Governor announces $60 million initiative; Indian River School District Superintendent responds
MILLSBORO, Del. – Officials at the Indian River School District are celebrating after Governor John Carney announced a new $60 million dollar initiative to support English Language Learners and low-income students.
Officials said the announcement, which took place on Tuesday, is a major accomplishment for all school districts in Delaware.
According to the Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele, about 20 percent of students are English Language Learners, and about 38 percent are low-income students.
Steele said the School District can expect to get $2 million dollars in order to build on their after school programs and hire more counselors.
“It enables us to maintain what we’ve got if we do need to expand we’ve got the option to expand,” said Steele.
“All of the money certainly won’t go to salaries because there are some programs, after school programs things of that sort that we can do with these students,” said Steele.
Steele also said schools like North Georgetown Elementary are looking forward to some additional help. More than half of all students at that school are English Language Learners.