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Officials identifying body found near, , camp. page 20 [ Delaware's Cape Region Friday, January 16 - Thursday, January 22, 1998 Volume 5, No. 34 Cape defers action on Rehoboth teacher shortage By Kerry Kester The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education fell under attack during its Thursday, Jan. 8, board meeting, when Rehoboth Elementary School supporters pleaded for more equitable and adequate staffing for its building. Rehoboth is the only school in the district not staffed with at least the number of teachers for which it qualifies in accordance with the state fund- ing formula. Teachers from the school voiced concern that the board is not showing support for the school, citing overburdened teachers and inadequate space as factors that are lessen- ing the effectiveness of instruction. Several board members appeared sympa- thetic with the school's plight, but the board deferred action, pending another discussion on the matter at its Thursday, Jan. 22, meet- ing. However, board members did discuss possible ways to fund a new teaching posi- tion from the FY 98 budget it adopted later in the evening. In September, the board reversed its pre- vious position of not hiring more teachers than the number qualifying for state fund- ing, when it authorized hiring up to 10 teachers with local funds. Ultimately, slightly less than five units were funded with local monies, but the contingency account dropped from the approximately $200,000 it contained last year to $38,000 in FY 98. During Thursday's discussion, the board estimated $38,000 was more than enough to hire a teacher for the remainder of this year. Until September, the board's history in recent years was to be conservative when spending funds from the contingency account, which is kept for emergencies. In September, when the board filled the locally funded positions, the administration based the new staff placement decisions on building needs and unit projections. The final unit count was incomplete, but Rehoboth Elementary School, which began the year three units short of the projected 37 units it would generate, did get three more teachers. However, when the official count was tallied and figures were sent to the state, the school had earned 38 units. The staff was not officially notified of that count until early December. Additionally, nine special needs students were enrolled in the school and were not included in the unit count. "They include two seriously emotionally-disturbed stu- dents, one hearing-impaired student, four Continued on page 16 Rehoboth wants more from proposed New Year's 2000 festival By Trish Vernon "If you can spend $95,000 for a tent, you can spend $100,000 to rent the land under it," Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Richard Sar- gent told organizers of a Toast the Coast 2000 millennium extravaganza proposed for the resort on New Year's Eve, 1999. Sargent asked Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce representatives and Artist Services Inc.'s Ed Yoe to sharpen their pencils and return at the Monday, Feb. 2, workshop to resume discussion on the possi- bility of holding a three-day celebration in a tent on Rehoboth Avenue. "There's big money to be made and it can't be done at any other time, so I want to see the people of Rehoboth Beach benefit from all this - I don't want to make it impossible," Sar- gent continued, terming the idea "fantastic." The commissioners also want some feed- back between now and the workshop on how the community feels,about a tent enclosing the Bandstand to the Boardwalk, ending in a "T" to the north and south on the Boardwalk. This heated tent, with a clear Plexiglas win- Continued on page 19 Angie Moon photo Family and friends of Amanda Dera gather for vigil Family and friends of Amanda Dera gathered on the on the school track from a stroke on Thursday, Jan. 8. Cape Henlopen High School track for a candlelight vigil The vigil included one walk around the track with poet- on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The Cape Henlopen High School ry, music and words of remembrance for the departed freshman runner died Sunday, Jan. 11, after collapsing student. See pages 30 and 77 for more on Amanda. Lewes takes minimalist approach to Lloyd's comer Council opts to address problem by increasing enforcement By Dennis Forney Lewes Councilman Tony Pratt believes firmly that Lewes is not a perfect town but rather, a town with bumps. That's why he dug in his heels and took a minimalist approach to solving the problem of increasing congestion at the Manila Avenue and Savannah Road corner, which serves as home to the popular Lloyd's IGA grocery store. Pratt's approach ultimately prevailed. In the face of a 14-signature letter seek- ing, for safety's sake, elimination of a num- ber of parking spaces used by IGA cus- tomers and a 1,558-signature petition IGA-owner Lloyd Purcell seeking to make Manila Avenue a one-way street, Council members voted to do neither. Instead, council members voted unani- mously to direct the Lewes Police Depart- ment to enforce the yellow-painted parking restrictions around the Manila-Savannah intersection. "The thing about Lewes," said Pratt, "is all. That's what makes this an interesting place. These are the kind of problems that a community tries to solve - the kind that make a community thrive. Perish the thought that we should solve all of our problems and make all the people appear happy...I feel that improved communication and enforcement will take care of much of the safety issue. It's not really hard to get opposing that proposal, and a proposal from that it has bumps, and we like it, bumps and Continued on page 17