Carney explains positions on Wilmington school, wind farm


With the recent struggle to get funding to relieve overcrowding at several Sussex County schools, Gov. John Carney says he understands why people downstate might be frustrated at his multi-million-dollar proposal for Wilmington schools,...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:32pm

The Frankford Public Library is going to host a sleepover for beloved stuffed animals on Wednesday, March 4.

Kids’ stuffed friends invited to library sleepover

Stuffed animals from dotted dogs to pink pigs are likely to receive a stern warning from their diminutive owners at the Frankford Public Library on Wednesday, March 4.

The little ones will be leaving their toy pets for a sleepover, and,...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:18pm

Kindergarten student Griffin Deane, 5, reads with Amanda Miller, reading specialist at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, in observance of February being I Love to Read Month.

Local students celebrate I Love to Read Month

On the 100th day of the school year, kindergarten students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School were dressed as centenarians.

Some carried canes. Lines indicating age were drawn on foreheads, and they wore suspenders, checked shirts and...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:07pm



The Indian River School District got a few more “yes” votes than the 3,001 reported in our Feb. 21 issue, as results have been finalized. The finally official tally was 7,556 to 4,537, a difference of 3,019 votes in favor...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:33pm

Voters approved latest school referendum by 3,000 votes

Steele: District finances should now be stable for years to come

After three attempts over two years, the residents of Indian River School District finally passed a major capital referendum on Feb. 13.

The Delaware Department of Elections has confirmed the official tally as 7,556 to 4,537 — a difference...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:47pm

Lack of instructors could end Tech’s JROTC program

Sussex Technical High School officials announced on Wednesday, Feb. 19, that the independent public school district may need to consider terminating the school’s JROTC program after a March 6 school board meeting, due to the lack of instructors...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:31pm

Gov. John Carney observes as Joan Glasgow’s English-learning students learn the words for technology in the home, such as cell phone, computer and (sometimes) robots.

Governor applauds IRSD’s methods during Opportunity Fund tour

Ever since now-Gov. John Carney first saw East Millsboro Elementary using data to identify and target student needs 20 years ago, he has been impressed with the Indian River School District’s education system.

He was reminded of that...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:19pm

Amvets Post 2 is helping to provide local girls with dresses for prom for the third year.

Amvets offering prom gowns, accessories to local teens

Knowing proms are among highlights of teenagers’ school years, Amvets Post No. 2 in Long Neck will give away gowns, dresses, shoes and purses to girls who attend Sussex County schools.

“This is a community service opportunity that Amvets...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:12pm

IRSD administrators were stunned and grateful for the overwhelming voter turnout, including from left, Superintendent Mark Steele, Director of Secondary Education Renee Jerns, Assistant Superintendent Jay Owens and Director of Business Tammy Smith.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum passes at ‘every single machine’

After three attempts over two years, the residents of Indian River School District have passed the major capital referendum on Feb. 13.

The unofficial tally on Thursday night was 7,536 to 4,535, a...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 10:51pm

IRHS FFA taking orders for strawberry-sale fundraiser

Delaware’s still chilly, but Florida strawberries will soon be arriving to help fill the void. Local students are hosting a fresh strawberry sale to benefit the Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Indian River High School.

Full flats (8...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 2:00pm

Referendum vote is here

Residents of the Indian River School District were reminded this week that the district’s major capital referendum will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 (after Coastal Point press time).

The one-question referendum is a vote “for” or “against...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:50pm

School district warns against suspicious ad campaigns

Recently, the Indian River School District warned the public of a potential scam involving solicitations for an anti-bullying campaign.

It started in mid-January, when a local business owner was asked to purchase $2,000 worth of...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:31pm

Learning Points

Sussex Tech student receives $25,000 

For Jessica Blatzheim, teaching is about knowing students’ needs and having an impact in their lives. That’s why the Ocean View resident is studying early care and education at Sussex Technical High...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:12pm

District: One building would ease burden at several schools

Public referendum vote on Thursday, Feb. 13

It’s time for residents of the Indian River School District to vote regarding the district’s future. There will be a major capital referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13, (with a weather date of Feb. 20).

The one-question referendum is a vote “...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:53pm

School counselors are proactive in the classroom

Describing the role of school counselors, Frank Shockley uses two key words: “proactive” and “triage.” They’ll always respond to whatever issue a child or school is facing. But, more than ever, they’re trying to teach life skills before the...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:47pm

Passing referendum is critical now, and for future

The Indian River School District is holding a major capital referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Passage of this referendum is absolutely critical to the future of our district. Overcrowding in the northern end of the district is reaching a...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:37pm

Granville R. Lawson

BREAKING NEWS: School bus driver charged with reckless endangering, vehicular assault

The Delaware State Police on Tuesday, Feb. 4, arrested 65-year-old Granville R. Lawson of Dagsboro on multiple counts of Reckless Endangering and Vehicular Assault after a Jan...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 5:14pm

Sussex Central students have to go outside to get to the portable classrooms, and then back out to go into the main school again. Some days, the weather cooperates. Others? Not so much.

Students, staff uneasy in trailers

Some say portable classrooms are impacting education

School libraries have been turned into classrooms. So have auditoriums and staff offices. After squeezing even the closets into learning space, Indian River School District is once again using modular outdoor classrooms — trailers — for...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:44am

Selbyville Middle School finalists reassemble for a photo: From top left, clockwise, are: eighth-graders Gareth Atemose (third place), Ian Lewis (first place), Nicholas Carrol (second place) and Max Fadden, and sixth-graders Madison Burton and Mason Schafer. Not pictured are finalists Evan Sprucebank (tied for third), Riley Hurd, Jeremy Long, Leo Martin and Lillyan Merrek.

‘Geography is people’

GeoBee contestants show world knowledge

Local students showed their skills in the National Geographic GeoBee, held this January at three schools in Selbyville, Millsboro and Ocean View.

Questions posed in the bee ask students to draw from their knowledge of history, current...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:10am

Tony Rinaldo, vice president of the Lord Baltimore LIons Club; Stacy Robinson, Sussex County chapter coordinator for Attack Addiction and school nurse at Sussex Central; and Principal Jason Macrides of Selbyville Middle School pose for a photo in front of the vaping information boards at Selbyville Middle School.

Lions Club takes on vaping concerns with IRSD, SMS, Attack Addiction

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club has been working with the Indian River School District, Selbyville Middle School and Attack Addiction on the problem of vaping among students. Club representatives noted that vaping is also becoming a hot-button...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Sussex Tech issues statement regarding incident at basketball game

The Sussex Technical School District released the following statement on Jan. 24 regarding the Jan. 23 varsity basketball game between Cape Henlopen High School and Sussex Technical High School:



Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:36am

Indian River High School announces honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll for the first marking period of the 2019-2020 school year. Among those receiving high honors were:

• Seniors Lian Adkins, Kayley Belzner, Morgan Bomhardt, Natalie Burnshaw,...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:31am

IRSD school-choice debates end with a capacity-limit change

With Delaware’s annual school-choice application period closing in a few weeks, the Indian River School District is trying to get their ducks in a row before the school district evaluates the 2020-2021 applications.

After months of debate...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:48am

Delaware could be looking at some radical changes designed to simplify and improve educational funding, according to, from left, Neil Kirschling, Richard Morse and Mark Steele at a League of Women Voters forum.

Experts think it’s time for education funding reform

Lawsuit and legislators could decide what that means

It’s an important issue, and it’s complicated: how to pay for the education of young Delawareans who will make up the generations running the world in the years to come.

Delaware’s system of educational funding isn’t completely broken, but...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:46pm

Elementary students to get peek at holiday court drama

Adding to their holiday enjoyment, Delaware students in third, fourth and fifth grades this week will visit courthouses in Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties to see live performances of the courtroom scene from the classic movie Miracle on 34th...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:46am

Redistricting an option if IRSD referendum fails

Vote planned for February 2020

For a school district with two high schools, students and graduates can sometimes be fiercely proud of having attended either the northern or southern schools and to see their children do the same. But it’s not realistic that Sussex Central High...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:08pm

Mark Wong and Jerry Valme, of Hip Hop Fundamentals, interact with kids at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of a drug summit to reach children at a young age.

A summit for our kids

A child’s job, hip hop artist Mark Wong theorized, is to enjoy life.

“Can you do that if you’re on drugs?” he asked an energetic group of youngsters gathered in the gym at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the Youth Drug Summit last...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:52am

Community conversations will discuss why students apply to Tech

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

Anyone who attended, applied to or has other ties to Sussex Technical High School is invited to share their perspective.

“The University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration is...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:43am

Indian River High School athletes look forward to repaved track

Imagine stepping up to the starting line for an important race. It’s the 100-meter dash, so every millisecond counts. You see the finish line, you visualize the win, and you lean down into the starting position.

This is not the time to be...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:31am

The Indian River School District School Board recently recognized educators and individuals as Special Education Ambassadors.

IRSD honors Special Education Ambassadors for 2019

With more than 11,000 students throughout Indian River School District, every child has different needs, some more intensive than others. The IRSD school board recently recognized 18 educators and individuals as Special Education Ambassadors....

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:29pm

Aleman awarded Educator’s Legacy Scholarship

McDaniel College has awarded freshman Sarah Aleman of Millsboro an Educator’s Legacy Scholarship valued at up to $100,000, the college announced this week. Aleman is a graduate of Sussex Central High School.

Children with a parent or...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:20pm

Lord Baltimore’s Truitt wins Presidential Award for STEM teaching

Jennah Truitt of Lord Baltimore Elementary School is a 2018 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching (PAEMST).

It is the highest award given by the U.S. government to kindergarten through...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:15pm

Sussex Tech admissions lottery open for 2020-2021 school year

Sussex Technical High School’s annual random admissions lottery opened for applications on Nov. 4, as district officials announced that turnout at the school’s open house continued a historic trend of increased attendance reflecting high levels...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:15pm

Kindergarten registration under way for 2020-2021 year

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is under way in the Indian River School District.

Registration is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2020. Parents can register their child by presenting an...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:41am

Southern Sussex Rotary held it's annual third grade spelling bee at Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

Local third-graders participate in Rotary spelling bee

More than two dozen local students participated in Southern Sussex Rotary’s Annual Spelling Bee at John M. Clayton Elementary School.

The spelling bee took place on Monday, Oct. 21, with 30 students from John M. Clayton, Lord Baltimore and...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:53am

Experts explain funding, property taxes for education

By spending about $1.4 billion, or a third of the state budget, on public education, Delaware lawmakers have signaled their priorities.

But politics and very specific funding rules can complicate Delaware’s role in educating 139,000 public...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:05pm

Cozy Critters on probation after child’s fall into septic tank

Cozy Critters Child Care near Ocean View has been placed on probation for one year by the State of Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing, following an incident there on Aug. 16 in which a toddler fell into an open septic tank.

The child...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:06pm

Coastal Point • Laura Walter The ExCEL class at John M. Clayton learned about crime scene investigation techniques.

School safety monitor teaches crime scene basics at JMC

With a former police detective working in the school, why not invite him to teach some crime scene investigation?

The ExCEL class at John M. Clayton Elementary School has been studying crime-scene forensics, perhaps the ultimate form of...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:20pm

IRSD changes school choice decisions a week before school

After making a major statement at their last meeting, the Indian River School District is backpedaling. The school board rejected a stack of school choice applications in July, but in August accepted most of them, and more.

In many cases,...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:36pm

School district new finance director

It took a few tries, but the Indian River School District has hired a new Director of Business. Tammy Smith was set to begin her duties on Sept. 10.

Smith most recently worked in the private sector, and was previously employed in the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:23pm

Constitution Day poster contest seeks entries

The Major Nathaniel Mitchell Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution will celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17. In connection with the event, they are sponsoring their annual poster contest to celebrate Constitution Week. Winners will...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:40pm

Carper encourages students, recent grads to apply for fall internship

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) this week highlighted the Sept. 6 deadline for applications to intern in his Delaware and Washington, D.C., offices.

The paid internship program in Carper’s office is an opportunity for students and recent...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:39pm

Children’s book ‘My Name is Aida’ arrives at local stores

“My Name is Aida,” an illustrated children’s book about one of the most controversial issues of the day, has arrived at the Delmarva beaches. The story, about an unaccompanied minor who came to the United States as a young child, is now available...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:15pm

Sussex Tech seeks replacement of 60-year-old school

The Sussex Technical School District has spent millions of dollars renovating a 60-year-old school building. They have added wings, piecemeal, over the decades, and they still have some students in 20-year-old “temporary” classrooms. Moreover,...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:32pm

Financial Peace University program offered at Salem United

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) will start a session at Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville on Sept. 17, running nine weeks, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday.

“Millions of people have gone through Dave Ramsey’s...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:59am

Volunteers and dignitaries celebrate the work already accomplished as they continue pressing toward a community center.

'What we knew in our hearts'

Richard Allen School added to National Register

This summer, when a 96-year-old schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places, it was a celebration of community, but also a reminder that Delaware long resisted racial equality for schoolchildren.

In Georgetown, the...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:42am

Indian River School District to host open houses

Schools in the Indian River School District will host a series of open houses during the months of August and September.

Open houses are designed to allow students and parents to meet teachers and staff, view class lists and tour school...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:36am

Delaware State police launches annual Operation BACKpack Project

The Delaware State Police Community Outreach Unit has established a program to assist elementary school-aged children in need with the necessities for school. Troopers are asking for help with any donations to fill each child’s back-pack with...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:35am


Coastal Point Photos • Tyler Valliant

The River Church hosted a back-to-school-bash on Saturday, August 17.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:59am

IRSD locks down school choice in nearly all schools

School choice is not a guarantee.

Indian River School District officials made that statement loud and clear in July, when the school board rejected school choice applications to all but three schools.

With that shift, if families...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 1:40pm