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-I- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 - 9 I Parents, students, staff protest Sussex Tech's superintendent search By Amy Reardon Sussex Technical School has won two awards in the past year: the National School Change Award and Southern Regional Ed- ucational Board's Gold Achieve- ment Award. The board of education, howev- er, has decided to continue the search for a superintendent de- spite staff, parent and student, sup- port for acting Superintendent Carol Schreffler. Although Schreffler waved her fight to privacy regarding her per- sonnel file, the board will not ex- plain its actions publicly. 'q'his is a personnel issue, and the board will take care of it," said Vice President Charles Mitchell. Schreffler's supporters planned three consecutive days of protests beginning June 11. Parents, stu- dents and staff stood in front of the building before school. They held signs reading: "Be Account- able," "Shame" and "We Want Answers." Schrettler came to the district in 1979, spent five years as assistant superintendent and the last seven months as acting superintendent. Although the board chose her as one of two finalists for the super- intendent position, it voted to re- open the search when Dr. Kevin Carson, superintendent from Woodbridge School District, with- drew his application. "I think the situation is unfortu- nate," said Schreffler. "Different staff members have told me they feel disenfranchised. They can't, and I can't understand. When you have two finalists and one finalist withdraws, why would you repost the position? It's very frustrat- ing." Richard Lewis, board of educa- tion president, voted in favor of Schrettler. 'Tm the lone ranger who is sup- porting Mrs. Schreffler," said Lewis. "I don't know why the The 3L's in Real Estate! Location Location Location and List with Lou at Lingo's Lou Cristaldi...Realtor Office 227-3883 lack Lingo Inc. Cell 228-2988 E-MAIL: lou, Former two-time Dem congressional candidate Mk hael Miller is arrested By Kerry Kester Two-time congressional candi- date Michael C. Miller was arrest- ed after turning himself in at Delaware State Police Troop 7, June 11, for two counts of disor- derly conduct and second-degree criminal trespassing. Miller is ac- cused of inappropriate behavior following a May incident involv- ing his son and another youth. Police were called to investigate a complaint of harassment, May 16. The victim said his son and Miller's son had held down a mentally challenged student while on the bus, and they put hair gel and Wite-Out on the boy!s coat. The boys were suspended from riding the bus for three days, the victim told the officer, and the vie- tim appropriately punished his boy at home as well. The victim's son returned to rid- ing the bus, April 24, and when he got home one afternoon, he told his father Miller had entered the bus and argued with the bus driv- er. The victim reported the driver threatened to drive away and call police during the incident. "Suspect Miller pointed at [the victim's son] and stated 'I wanted to see his face' or 'I will remem- ber his face," states the affidavit of probable cause. The driver re- ported the incident to school ad- ministrators, and the victim learned Miller's son had not yet had the SUSlension because the case was in the appeal process. " Continued on page I0 BUY A VACATION HOME AT THE BEACH WITH ONLY 5% DOWN I. Ucemd Broker In DE and MD Call me Now to find out How! Allison T. Workman (302) 542-8558'Cell board has taken the action it has. It hasn't given a rational answer that I can comprehend." The board dropped Schreffler as a candidate at the May 27 meeting and decided to remove her from the position of acting superintend- ent. Because the board did not post the meeting properly, it void- ed its actions from that meeting, and voted again June 4. This time the board decided to keep Schreffler as acting superin- tendent while it searches for new candidates. "I don't think they are giving her a fair chance. She deserves an answer after 24 years," said parent Roberta Lukach. "My children travel 40 minutes to Sussex Tech for one reason: be- cause it is a phenomenal school. I worry the teachers morale will go down because of this situation. These teachers spend a lot of extra time with the students. Kids can call any time of night with ques- tions. I'm just worried the teach- ers are going to start say that's not part of my contract. I don't know what's going to happen, but that's my fear." Lewis has asked for an execu- tive meeting before the next regu- lar board meeting July 14. "Hopefully we can resolve the issue, or come to a compromise the board can agree to," said Lewis. Erik Sumption photo Sussex Technical High School teachers, students and par- ents staged a protest outside the school building, June 11, to show their anger regarding the Sussex Technical School Dis- triet Board of Education's decision to hire a new superin- tendent to replace acting Superintendent Carol Schreffler. Parent Roberta Lukach and English teacher John Sell ac- knowledge passing motorists honking their horns in support of the protest. Your Own ID Charm Bracelet OVER 1000 INTERCHANGEABLE  LINKS :ii::! Interchangeable alphabet & charm links let you create your own personal one-of-a-kind stretch bracelet. CHERISH YOUR VACATION MEMORIES WITH A CHARM! kmE Starter Bracelet $6 Charms starting at $9 shop online NEW WALT DISNEY COLLECTION Fun to Fine Jewelry, First Street Station -Rehoboth ac, Open Sunday-Thursday 10-8 DE 302,,227,3770 Friday& Saturday 10-10