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14 - CAPE GAZETYE - Tuesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 4, 2006 Election Continued from page 1 candidate run unopposed - it does not speak well of the community," said Brittingham, who owns his own moving company and lives with his family in Rehoboth Beach. "Our community needs to have people step up, take roles and take chances, even if it's against a pow- erhouse such as we have here," said Brittingham, gesturing to Meade. Meade, a financial adviser for Wilmington Trust and a graduate of University of Delaware who lives with his family in Lewes, said that while serving on the board can be frustrating and time consuming, it is also rewarding. "You see the end results of what you do," he said. "That is the rea- son I want to serve. I am just so excited about the future of this dis- trict." The candidates were also asked how they would deal with teachers who are not doing a good job. Brittingham and Meade agreed that quality teachers are vital to the disti'i=d's goals. Brittingham Said t must stop protecting inef- fecfi/e teachers. '11"1 Lewes Continued from page 13 through a secure connection to access the billing system and would have to agree to term and conditions of use. Spencer Brittingham, left, Robert Meade, incumbent. "If a teacher is not doing their job, the other teachers need to stand up and say this teacher is not pulling their load," Brittingham said. "We have this buddy-buddy mentality in the school a,d our students are suffering." Meade said, "Just Tuesday night we nonrenewed six nontenured teachers," said Meade. "Our mes- sage is that at the Cape Henlopen School district, be excellent or go find another career." Meade said that after teachers achieve tenure, it is difficult, but not impossible, to get rid of them if they are not performing. The key to getting rid of a poor- ly performing teacher, Meade said, He said Harris has 3,500 Clients nationwide and 650 of them are utility providers similar to the BPW. The Harris proposal is the first among other electronic billing systems the board will be asked to consider, Mecham said. Jim Westhoff photo debates school issues with is that the parents must write a let- ter to the administration or school board. "A letter demands action," he said. In a phone interview after the debate, Superintendent George Stone said the board will not take any formal action on renewing nontenured teachers until the May board meeting. Brittingham said he was con- cemed about some of the new ideas the school district is going to embark upon. "I heard that we are going to start teaching Chinese," Brittingham said. ' didn't sit with me too well. I'm for teaching Spanish and French but we should I I I He said discussions about sys- tem costs would take place after all presentations had been given. Mecham said all firms under consideration tO provide internet billing services are national com- panies with experience in the business. ZAGAT RATED OPEN DAILY at AI 11:30 a.m. t" CREEKSIDE - $339,900 o ; Also visit us at our Lanham, MD location - "One of the top 100 restaurants in the Metro D.C. area." Washingtonian Magazine '04 On Friday, May 5 We'll Be Celebrating Our 1st Join Us With DJ Sky Brady 8 PM- Midnight 108 Second St., Lewes 645-6611 expand that a lot. I feel that instead of going off into another language, we need to master the languages we are teaching now." He said he learned Spanish as a Cape Heulopen student. "My first duty station in the Marine Corps was at Fort Bliss, Texas. I took Spanish at Cape and I thought that when I went to Fort Bliss, I could blend in because I spoke Spanish. I didn't know Spanish," he said. "I couldn't even order a sandwich in Spanish. It made me realize that even though I passed Spanish in high school, I didn't have a second language." To fix that problem, Brittingham suggested recruiting bilingual teachers from border states like Texas and New Mexico. Meade said the reason he is run- ning again is to promote the new initiatives. "This is why I'm running again," he said. "There are so many things going on. We're implementing all-day kindergarten for any parent who chooses to avail themselves of it. We created a position at the district office and moved Ed Waples to that position specifically to deal With our tough- est kids and in an effort to close the achievement gap." Meade said Cape's test scores are disappointing. "Currently our test scores lag behind Indian River and Milford and that just turns my stomach to think that 6ur kids don't perform on average as high as Indian River and Milford," he said. Asked about proposed legisla- tion that would allow corporal punishment in schools, Brittingham said, "I am for corpo- ral punishment in K through five." He said that when he attended Cape Henlopen schools, corporal punishment was permitted. "With parent participation and principal involvement, I think it could serve a purpose in the K through five," he said. Meade said that while he believes each school district should have the power to decide that issue on their own, he does not support corporal punishment for students here. "I don't think it's in the children's best interest, and I don't think it's in the district's best interest," Meade said. "I think that it's a very personal discipline of a child, and it's a very personal issue that should be left to the parents." After the debate, Aidred said sty: thinks the event fulfilled its p! pose. "I think it will help the com- munity decide," she said. ' was the purpose." STEPS TO THE BEACH- B00,AHJ2BEJnO Fabulous Floor Plan for the Beach! - Bedroom, bath, sitting room and patio. 2nd level - great room, huge kitchen, sunroom, deck, pdr. rm. 3rd Level- 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, loads of ptorage, garage READY NOW!! Call Joanne now 302.226.2030 Rt,,,x I:lky Group | " Direct: (302) 226-2030 Toll Free: 1888) 800-9347 | "317 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth B.moh | I o00c.: (3o2) 007-48oo ,,ml  www.joannekmm.com -@oommst.n  " ........... 14 - CAPE GAZETYE - Tuesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 4, 2006 Election Continued from page 1 candidate run unopposed - it does not speak well of the community," said Brittingham, who owns his own moving company and lives with his family in Rehoboth Beach. "Our community needs to have people step up, take roles and take chances, even if it's against a pow- erhouse such as we have here," said Brittingham, gesturing to Meade. Meade, a financial adviser for Wilmington Trust and a graduate of University of Delaware who lives with his family in Lewes, said that while serving on the board can be frustrating and time consuming, it is also rewarding. "You see the end results of what you do," he said. "That is the rea- son I want to serve. I am just so excited about the future of this dis- trict." The candidates were also asked how they would deal with teachers who are not doing a good job. Brittingham and Meade agreed that quality teachers are vital to the disti'i=d's goals. Brittingham Said t must stop protecting inef- fecfi/e teachers. '11"1 Lewes Continued from page 13 through a secure connection to access the billing system and would have to agree to term and conditions of use. Spencer Brittingham, left, Robert Meade, incumbent. "If a teacher is not doing their job, the other teachers need to stand up and say this teacher is not pulling their load," Brittingham said. "We have this buddy-buddy mentality in the school a,d our students are suffering." Meade said, "Just Tuesday night we nonrenewed six nontenured teachers," said Meade. "Our mes- sage is that at the Cape Henlopen School district, be excellent or go find another career." Meade said that after teachers achieve tenure, it is difficult, but not impossible, to get rid of them if they are not performing. The key to getting rid of a poor- ly performing teacher, Meade said, He said Harris has 3,500 Clients nationwide and 650 of them are utility providers similar to the BPW. The Harris proposal is the first among other electronic billing systems the board will be asked to consider, Mecham said. Jim Westhoff photo debates school issues with is that the parents must write a let- ter to the administration or school board. "A letter demands action," he said. In a phone interview after the debate, Superintendent George Stone said the board will not take any formal action on renewing nontenured teachers until the May board meeting. Brittingham said he was con- cemed about some of the new ideas the school district is going to embark upon. "I heard that we are going to start teaching Chinese," Brittingham said. ' didn't sit with me too well. I'm for teaching Spanish and French but we should I I I He said discussions about sys- tem costs would take place after all presentations had been given. Mecham said all firms under consideration tO provide internet billing services are national com- panies with experience in the business. ZAGAT RATED OPEN DAILY at AI 11:30 a.m. t" CREEKSIDE - $339,900 o ; Also visit us at our Lanham, MD location - "One of the top 100 restaurants in the Metro D.C. area." Washingtonian Magazine '04 On Friday, May 5 We'll Be Celebrating Our 1st Join Us With DJ Sky Brady 8 PM- Midnight 108 Second St., Lewes 645-6611 expand that a lot. I feel that instead of going off into another language, we need to master the languages we are teaching now." He said he learned Spanish as a Cape Heulopen student. "My first duty station in the Marine Corps was at Fort Bliss, Texas. I took Spanish at Cape and I thought that when I went to Fort Bliss, I could blend in because I spoke Spanish. I didn't know Spanish," he said. "I couldn't even order a sandwich in Spanish. It made me realize that even though I passed Spanish in high school, I didn't have a second language." To fix that problem, Brittingham suggested recruiting bilingual teachers from border states like Texas and New Mexico. Meade said the reason he is run- ning again is to promote the new initiatives. "This is why I'm running again," he said. "There are so many things going on. We're implementing all-day kindergarten for any parent who chooses to avail themselves of it. We created a position at the district office and moved Ed Waples to that position specifically to deal With our tough- est kids and in an effort to close the achievement gap." Meade said Cape's test scores are disappointing. "Currently our test scores lag behind Indian River and Milford and that just turns my stomach to think that 6ur kids don't perform on average as high as Indian River and Milford," he said. Asked about proposed legisla- tion that would allow corporal punishment in schools, Brittingham said, "I am for corpo- ral punishment in K through five." He said that when he attended Cape Henlopen schools, corporal punishment was permitted. "With parent participation and principal involvement, I think it could serve a purpose in the K through five," he said. Meade said that while he believes each school district should have the power to decide that issue on their own, he does not support corporal punishment for students here. "I don't think it's in the children's best interest, and I don't think it's in the district's best interest," Meade said. "I think that it's a very personal discipline of a child, and it's a very personal issue that should be left to the parents." After the debate, Aidred said sty: thinks the event fulfilled its p! pose. "I think it will help the com- munity decide," she said. ' was the purpose." STEPS TO THE BEACH- B00,AHJ2BEJnO Fabulous Floor Plan for the Beach! - Bedroom, bath, sitting room and patio. 2nd level - great room, huge kitchen, sunroom, deck, pdr. rm. 3rd Level- 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, loads of ptorage, garage READY NOW!! Call Joanne now 302.226.2030 Rt,,,x I:lky Group | " Direct: (302) 226-2030 Toll Free: 1888) 800-9347 | "317 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth B.moh | I o00c.: (3o2) 007-48oo ,,ml  www.joannekmm.com -@oommst.n  " ...........