Capital School District hosting first operating referendum in 14 years


DOVER, Del. – The Capital School District is hosting their referendum and asking residents to fund their plans to build more schools in the area.

47 ABC spoke to their Superintendent, Dr. Dan Shelton, who says there will be three questions on the ballot. The first one would add two new interconnected middle schools. It has two independent buildings with shared spaces in between to have cost savings.

The second question would be to include enhancements and preparing Central Elementary School.

The third would be for the operating revenue. Dr. Shelton says they haven’t been to an operating referendum since 2005, so they haven’t seen an increase in revenue for 14 years.

Now what does this mean for your pocketbook? If all of these questions pass, for the first year, it would be less than $5 and in the second it would be $6. After that, it would dwindle down.

Dr. Dan Shelton says, “The greater Kent community did a report and it said one of the things we have to do if we’re going to bring business in to Kent County is increase our skill development and invest in education. This is an investment not just in the school, but our in our future and if we’re able to bring more businesses to Kent County.”

If you’d like more information on this referendum, we’re told the biggest public presentation will take place March 26th at Delaware State University at 6pm.

The referendum will take place April 9th.


  • Hartly Elementary
  • South Dover Elementary
  • Towne Point Elementary
  • William Henry Middle
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