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6 FRIDAY, APRIL 11- MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 Viewpoints Cape Gazette Letters )) Sussex Academy is on the wrong path I am saddened, but not sur- prised, by the resolution adopted by the Seaford and Cape school districts and feel it is bound to be taken on by others. Those matters they are addressing, failure to serve the poor, special needs, blacks and Hispanics have evolved to be legitimate con- Earns. We started Sussex Academy as a middle school. Its underly- ing premise was that the middle years were the years that most influenced students to feel confident and strive for positive futures. We were well aware, though, that the least expensive schooling costs were middle schools. High schools require huge expenditures for labs, high- level science/math teachers, extracurricular activities, sports, etc. (Second incost are the pri- mary grades due to lower class size, paraprofessionals, services, etc.) Also, before we started, we set in place several important factors. On the original board sat a devoted member of the black community and one of the Hispanic community, and the board membership was county- wide. Early on, we set in place a plan for reduction in personal costs to children of poverty for their activities, sent two existing teachers (of the 15 teachers) to be fully certified in special educa- tion, and did outreach in internal communities in every town. We did all this, not only to be inclu- sive, but with our rigid intent to run a pure, fair lottery system of enrollment. We prepared for whatever kind of student won a spot and used no preferential selection. In fact, the financial/class background of the student had no effect on our operation. We received the same state allot- ment for each child and had no need for parents to contribute in any way. We had built a small, beautiful facility and had little capital cost to pay off and little maintenance delay. Therefore, other than a rare PTA drive or such, most of the operating rev- enue went to the students by way of the teachers' pay and supplies. We were not soliciting monies from parents and legacy grantors. When the school decided to advance to a high school, they totally changed the image/model they intended. It was set up to mimic a prep school for the elite. Some indicators were the begin- ning abuse of giving preference to certain students relative to admission, the composition of the board, enlarged with mainly wealthy professionals, and many layers of bureaucracy for a tiny school of 300. A small but significant indi- cator was the selection of the Continued on page 7 Editorill ) ) .................... Ferry music request deserves approval any years ago, Lewes instituted an enlightened planning ap- proach that depended on a set of core values to help guide decision-n Laking in the community. These were valu( of the corn to lose thrq Among th ship with t of its long of busy dal A reque, holic Beve Delaware ] music on t Lewes Fer: value men Port Lewe: the music 1 in previou: quiet. Ferry au speakers f( Cape Gazette editori editor; Dave Frederic t .......... s that helped define characteristics munity that residents didn't want )ugh the onward march of time. .m were its longstanding relation- he sea, its sense of the importance istory, and its desire to be a town ;s and quiet nights. t before the state's Office of Alco- age Control Commissioner by the Liver and Bay Authority to allow ae outdoor patio at the Cape May- 7 terminal is testing the final core ioned here. Residents in nearby ; oppose the ferry request, saying flayed there - without a permit ;years - disturbs their peace and sive as possible, will monitor the sound with decibel meters to keep the levels reasonable, and will allow no outdoor music to be played after 8:30 p.m. It's this last condition that al- lows the ferry request to conform with the city of Lewes' busy days and quiet nights core value. Most of us equate night with darkness. For most of the time that live music would even make sense for the outside patio venue - in the warmer months - darkness comes after 8:30. If it's found that the 8:30 curfew doesn't keep the outdoor music within the hours of light, the condition could be changed to specify that the music would have to be sus- :horities say they will position the ,r the live music to be as unobtru- pended either by 8:30 or by dark, whichever comes earlier. Ferry officials are being reasonable in their request and are demonstrating their willing- ness to be good neighbors. The request clearly does not violate the busy days and quiet nights core value. That should guide this decision toward ap- proval of the request. ds are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, :, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor. SUBMITTED PHOTO ED BUNTING has been visiting Ed Tessein's feeder in Lew- of days. He is still waiting to see the female. Spring has fi- Weathl r Picture )) A MALE PAIN'I es for a numbel nally arrived. d weather, including highs and lows see page 119 ' ) For Ioc WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- Web Poll )) Most res00ndm have finished their taxes Are your taxes done? Yes 72.6% No 18.8% Almost 8.6% The total of votes counted was 329. To participate in the current web poll, visit Cape Gazette Volume 20 No. 78 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 RyanMavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazet' Nick Roth, Ext. 317 Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 Chris Flood, Ext. 335 Molly MacMillan SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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