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16 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 Teachers Continued from page 1 educable mentally handicapped students, one trainable mentally handicapped student and one autistic student," said Sarah Ross, teacher and Cape Henlopen Edu- cation Association president. Ross addressed the board on be- half of the Rehoboth staff aqd concerned parents: "We do not come before you to ask for the ex- tra teaching unit that we earned so that middle school teachers may have 400 minutes of common planning time a week. "We are not asking for health instruction for our middle school students. We are not asking for an extended technology or physical education program. We are not asking for a guidance counselor. We are not asking for a full-time computer manager. We are not asking for a basic skills teacher. "We are begging this school board to do the fair and equitable thing and give Rehoboth School the number of teaching units that it generated, according to the De- partment of Education's formula. We have a serious situation at Re- hoboth Elementary School that needs to be addressed," Ross said. School board members listened intently when the teachers' plead- ed their case for another instruc- tor, and following the presentation asked for clarification on several points. Although the board dis- cussed how funding a new posi- tion is possible with the FY 98 budget's contingency or unen- cumbered accounts, it deferred the staffing decision and approved the district's budget without adjust- ment. Election Continued from page 15 department's role, he said. Previ- ously, voters would get the ballots from the district office. This year they will get them, and may cast them, at the department's George- town office. "We're going to try to set it up like a miniprimary," he said. Another change in this year's election is the polling places. In past years, Cape's voting sites were at Milton Middle School, Lewes Middle School and Re- hoboth Elementary School. This year, the Lewes voting site will be moved to Cape Henlopen High School. "They [board members] didn't change that; we did," said McDowell, noting the high school's parking lot is more con- venient than at Lewes Middle School. The Cape board also de- cided during Thursday's meeting that it will raise the poll workers' pay from $50 to $100. McDowell said it is the department's goal for all districts in Sussex County to pay the same rate to poll workers. He said he would also like to see all districts hold their elections on the same day of the week. To date, he said, all but one of the county's districts will hold their elections on Saturdays. Sarah Ross, Rehoboth Elementary School teacher and pres- ident of the Cape Henlopen Education Association, addresses the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education dur- ing its Thursday, Jan. 8, meeting. Rehoboth teachers asked the board to hire another teacher for the school, which is the only building in the district that did not receive at least the number of teachers its unit count generated. The board will discuss the issue again on Thursday, Jan. 22, during its board meeting at Milton Mid- die School. The meeting is sched- uled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Q How can I make the decision whether to slipcover or reupholster my furniture? A A slipcover is a good choice for a seasonal change or a protective cover. When the fabric is faded, torn or otherwise past its lifespan, reupholstery is the better option and results in essentially a brand new piece of furniture. If the style or shape is no longer pleasing, it may be time to replace the piece with new. 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