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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 7 - March 13, 1997 CapeSchool Board votes to roll .... ...... Feichtl admtmstrators'" " contracts Continued from page 14 over most ,o responsibili for setting the dlrootloa and  for a,o d,...a- practice in the Cape district, upon completion oftch year of the district's administrative contracts, those that are renewed receive an- other year. That practice is called an evergreen clause. With Skeen having a five-year The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education, during its Thursday, Feb. 27 board, meet- ing,_ voted to.roll over most .of  district administrators' contracts for one more year. The board determined it would not review Superintendent Suellen Skeen's contract, which expires June 30, 2001, until it has re- viewed and amended Board Poli- cy 312, "Evaluation of Adminis- trators." The board is examining the possibility of changing the time for administrative contract renewals. The policy now reads that con- tracts should be reviewed by Sept. 30 of each year; past practice has been to review the contracts dur- Land use Continued from page 12 shape. The point, however, is not that Delaware does not need to act. To the contrary, we believe Delaware Milton Continued from page 17 Delaware Nature Conservancy has asked Milton to serve as a "pass through" agent in applying for a grant from the Greenways funds. The grant, in the neighbor- hood of $5,000, would provide the conservancy with funds to devel- op a canoe trail and supporting trail system in the McCabe Pre- serve outside of Milton. The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) will also be re- questing funds, and DNREC and the Nature Conservancy would use any grant money approved as matching funds to work coopera- tively on the project. Milton will apply on behalf of the conservan- cy, since it is ineligible to apply for Greenways money. Decaying properties The question of derelict proper- ties on Mill Street was introduced by Richard Moonblatt. As a prop- erty owner on that street, he point- ed out that several new owners and present owners are renovating and improving their properties on- ly to have to live with two houses that are in great disrepair. "We have houses on our street that are included in house tours; but we have two properties in dreadful condition," said Moon- blatt. "We are asking for action. These houses are vacant and de- caying, and there is criminal activ- ity there. Condemn them or take whatever action you have to." Julie Baxendell asked about a ing the December board meeting. Skeen recommended the board consider changing the contract re- yiew pe.ripd to June.of e0ch year. Board members June Turansky and Sue Shupard, as wall as Becki Millman, board president, are in the process of revising the policy for presentation and adoption from the board at large. Those who received this year's contract relievers, which extends the terms of thei r employment un- til June 30, 1999, are as follows: Andy Brandenberger, director of business operations; John Kre- itzer, director of instruction; O.D. Basinski, acting director of in- struction; Greg Weer, supervisor of transportation, building and grounds; Judy Mitchell, supervi- sor of nutrition services; tion of our children, and Dr. contract, expiring June 30, 2001, Ron Burrows, principal, Cape Skeen has diligently led the ad- if the board continues to roll over Henlopen High School; Sue Dut- ministration of this direction with her contract each year, she will re- ton and Marge Peck, assistant respect to educational standards, . ........ principals, Cape rtemopen mgn ,--,,,,-,',o,,,r-,,-,, ,*-=- ....... ihdefiniiely.The following dis- School; Peg Meneax, principal, velopment, site based decision Lewes Middle School; Bill Lane, assistant principal, Lewes Middle School; Hubert "Mike" Mock, principal, Milton Middle School; Sara Wilkinson, assistant princi- pal, Milton Middle School; Peg Horton, principal, Shields Elementary School; Bayard Hen- dricks, assistant principal, Shields Elementary School; Janis Hart- well, principal, Sussex Consor- tium; Janet Brand, principal, H.O. Brittingham Elementary School; and Mary Walker, acting princi- pal, Rehoboth Elementary School. needs to act now to avoid ending up like those other states because the "default" position is set on business as usual--sprawling sub- urbs, inefficient patterns of growth, environmental decline and "winners and losers." The keynote speaker, Anthony Downs of the Brookings Institute, sprinkled his talk with jokes and letter sent to the town hall on.e__.tiom ............. same.issue: She asked if it Before the close of the meeting, _observations. He said congestion won't disappear, that new roads should be planned with an eye for future growth and that Delaware probably has too much bureaucra- cy and needs to do a little bureau- cratic pruning. Downs closed by urging "strong leadership and structural simplifi- cation." couldn't be read into the minutes. Since the letter was included in papers brought to the meeting, Baxendell was allowed to read it. Dated Feb. 18, the letter stated much of what Moonblatt had said, and also alleged that prospective buyers for at least one of the prop- erties had been discouraged. Sent by Maryann Lester, the letter raised questions regarding what Milton's regulations are on derelict property, if taxes were current on the properties and if and when they might be con- denmed. Bushey said that condemnation and placing liens is very compli- cated, but the city would take ac- a city resident pointed out that the Cub Scout program is growing rapidly in Milton; yet there is no permanent home for the group. He said youngsters must haul their projects from one place to anoth- er, sometimes meeting in mem- bers homes, sometimes in school space. He said the group very much needs space where they can leave projects spread out from meeting to meeting and store camping gear, craft equipment and other materials that belong to the troop. Bushey said there are individu- als that might be able to help, and he said he would put them in con- tact with the Scouts. Delmarva's Vacation Travel S ,ecialist For Over 30 Years AMBASSADOR TRAVEL Nylon Capital Shopping Center 1008 West Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973 (302) 629-9604 800-845-9939 Announces Ms. ROTTERDAM VI MAIDEN VOYAGE OCTOBER 5-18 1997 EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN Group departure escorted by local Travel Professional Elaine Figgs. Prices from $4287 per person SPACE IS UMITED - CALL TODA YH Holhnd America IJne A TIADITIO]I OF EI{ELLIr II{l" Rates are subject to availability and include local motorcoach transfer to Philadel- phia Airport Aiffare round tn'p to Venice. polT ta 12 day luxury cruise and more/ making, collaborative problem solving, accountability, and finan- cial management; And whereas the Cape Henlopen Board of Edu- cation looks forward to continued improvement in the quality of ed- ucation for the students and citi- zens of our district; Therefore be it resolved that the Cape Henlopen Board of Education confers a vote of confidence in the superinten- dent, Dr. Suellen Skecn." Policy under review Following those motions, the board discussed Board Policy 312, "Evaluation of Administrators." The board determined that the policy that addresses administra- tive contract procedures needs up- dating and formed a committee to write a policy change proposal. Items that might be considered for the policy are the length of the superintendent's contract and how it is rolled over. Skeen's contract not only is handled differently from previous Cape district super- o inte, ndem;it'diffe?s from the su- perintendent contracts in nearby districts. With the current rollover triets' superintendent contract practices are to issue three year contracts that run down and are re-negotiated no less than six months before they expire: Indian River, Seaford, Delmar and Mil- ford. When the contract comes up for renewal, Milford's board may then opt to offer a contract renew- al with terms of from one to three additional years. Delmar's and Indian River's practice are to ne- gotiate renewals individually. Lake Forest School District's superintendent contract policy is similar to Cape's contract with Skeen in that it has an evergreen clause, although the contract length is shorter. According to Lake Forest Superintendent James VanSciver, his contract length is three years. Historically, he said, the board rolls the contract annu- ally. The Cape Henlopen Board of Education deferred action on Skeen's contract Thursday night when it rolled eve, other district adnumstrators' contracts. Rather, the board decided to wait unfit the new policy is in place before com- pleting the annual review. Join us for our March 1/2 Off Sale (look for the purple tickets) Great selection of Men's, Women's and Children's Clothes *Many items only $1.00 - Green ticket Located in the Quillen Center where Rehoboth Ave. & Rt. One meet. Open Mon. - Sat. 10-5 Sun. 1-5 Wed. 10-7 (302) 227-1614