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12  CAPE'GAZETI, Friday, Feblmary 23- Pvbruary 29;-1996 Cape board rejects some Skeen recommendations on school choice By Kerry Kester In an unprecedented move since Superin- tendent Suellen Skeen began her tenure with the Cape Henlopen School District, the Cape Henlopen Board of Education vot- ed against her recommendations. On Thursday, Feb. 15, the board voted to ap- proved all of the choice applications the district had received. Skeen had recom- mended it reject those falling into the cate- gories of "Child Care" and "Other." Prior to the vote, Skeen said she was con- cerned that accepting the students in the "Child Care" category would create a prob- lem as they progressed through the system. State law, she explained, requires that stu- dents accepted under choice must be al- lowed to remain in the school until the end of that school's configuration. Skeen said that although accepting stu- dents beginning at fourth grade would not create any overcrowding problems for the I Routes Continued from page 1 evenings kept more families from riding. Rutherford said the "carnival" atmosphere included gui- tar playing and singing in the evenings. David Hast- ings from the Jolly Trolley responded that Dewey has a reputa- tion as a RUTHERFORD "frontier town" and said transportation would not solve the town's prob- lems. "All we do is carry the people and we don't have many problems on the trolley," Hastings said. But Rutherford said more needs to be done to deal with huge crowds in town. Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce representative Robert Marshall agreed, saying there are "people walking out of bars in masses" in Dewey Beach. Rutherford suggested a bus tour on Memorial Day weekend in Dewey Beach to show state offi- cials "what we are up against." A similar trip two years ago had people pounding on the bus win- dows trying to find transportation out of town, he said. The Wednesday meeting was the advisory committee of the Delaware Resort Transit. The pur- pose of the committee is to exam- ine the transportation needs of the resort area and make recommen- dations to the Director of the Delaware Transit Corporation on how public transportation can help meet those needs. The proposals discussed Wednesday are just preliminary. A public hearing is expected late in March to discuss the plans, al- though no date has been set yet. Many of the other recommenda- tions call for little change from last year: The Park and Ride Sys- tem outside of Rehoboth Beach fourth, fifth and sixth grade years, she was concerned that by the time they reached sev- enth and eighth grade, their presence would create overcrowded environments. She added that the board's past policy was not to accept any attendance SKEEN deviations for seventh or eighth grades. Board members disagreed, seeming to base their decisions primarily on attendance deviation figures from previous years. Last year, for example, the board granted a total of 82 attendance deviations, 15 of which were for kindergarten placements. This year's choice applications totaled 70. "It's falling within the normal range," said June Turansky, board member. will remain the hub of the system, an idea which Ferrese supported. During 1995, the Delaware Re- sort Transit (DRT) operated five routes. The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA, which operates the Cape May Lewes Ferry and the Delaware Memorial Bridge) operated a route from the ferry to Rehoboth Beach while the Jolly Trolley ran a route from Dewey to Rehoboth. Proposed for this year is more collaboration between DRT and DRBA with passes for one service being accepted by both transporta- tion networks and some DRBA buses moving from the ferry ter- minal to Lewes in order to cut down on duplication between bus routes. Rehoboth employees would continue to get employee dis- counts at the park and ride lot. Cost at the park and ride would re- main the same with a $4 charge on weekends and then no charge to ride the buses. During weekdays, Sue Knapp, a consultant with KFH Grou p in Bethesda, Md., suggested no charge for the park and ride, but a charge to ride the buses. Plans are in the works for a mar- keting blitz to promote the service and draw riders especially during the week when parking spots at the park and ride often sit idle. KNAPP The three new proposed routes would: travel from Rehoboth down Rt. 24 to Long Neck seven days a week md would serve workers, recreation needs and shoppers. There would be approximately five trips per day. travel from Dewey Beach to Fenwick Island Monday through Thursday. The trips would serve recreation needs and shopping and occur four times per day. travel from Rehoboth Beach to Georgetown seven days a week with five round trips per day. The trips would serve workers and some recreation needs. Rehoboth City Manager Greg Ferrese said "I really like the lay- out.., but I think you are going to get big play in the Long Neck area." Ferrese said he anticipated good REHOBOTH BEACH lip PHARMACY 107 REHOSOTH At% REHom BEACH, DE. 227-8592 1/2 OFF "We're not adding to what would be there," she said, indicating that approximately the same number of students were leaving the district as would be entering it. 'q'he ca- pacity numbers tell us that there is capacity at Lewes Middle School," she added. "There's room at the fourth and fifth grade," Skeen said. 'q'here's no question about that. But that's where the room is." Brent Moore, board member, moved to accept all of the children who listed child care as their reason for choosing the Cape schools. Becki Millman seconded the mo- tion, and it was unanimously carried. Skeen also recommended the board deny choice applications for those who gave no specific reason for wanting to attend Cape schools. "I need to just caution you," she said to the board, "the high school is over- crowded." Turansky was concerned that those who had applied had good reasons for wanting II crowds riding the Long Neck area bus. Bus fares are expected to be $1 a day for local routes in the resort area and $2 for longer routes, such as the new proposed trips to Georgetown and Fenwick Island. Knapp said bus stops have not been set for the new possible routes and no decision has been made on the type of bus. Re- hoboth Mayor Sam Cooper re- quested that if more bus traffic is planned for Rehoboth, that the plans be given to the town in writ- ing. Cape schools, but they simply did not fit any of the options on the application form. 'q'here must be stories here," she said. "I think perhaps the form was - I don't know - sterile. I don't think we were as clear this year as we should be next year." Skeen concurred that revisions to the ap- plication form be done before next year, but reiterated her recommendation that the board not accept the students. Turansky moved to accept them. Moore seconded her motion, and a roll call vote was taken. Voting in favor of accepting the students were Turansky, Moore, Millman and Tony Streett. Barry Porter opposed the motion, Susan Shupard abstained, and Butch Archer voted in opposition. Both the board members and Skeen were in full agreement on accepting all applica- tions in the categories of "Unique and Un- usual", "Secondary Completion" and "Chil- dren of Employees." Mike Tyler told the group that at a recent meeting, the developers of the Rehoboth Outlet Center agreed to move the bus stop from in front of the outlet center. Tyler has said that bus stop is a safety hazard because of its loca- tion and size. Noting that the com- pany was willing to move the bus stop into the outlet center, he urged the committee to pursue that idea. DRT is also planning a change this year in its name. DRT's name will be changed to DART First State. Also - Repairs of Burns, Cuts and Stains on 9our Carpet and Vinyl Call for Special Prices ~ February Only! 227-5513 Cleaning Installation Restretching Repairs Besbe Medical Center Lewes, DE THE TUNNELL CANCER CENTER presents Cancer: Wining the Battle Sunday, February 25, 6-F:9 p.m. and Sunday, March i0, 12-12:30 p.m. on WMDT-TV--Channel 47. Take the first step in preventing cancer.