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Pressures I By Kerry Kester The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education will con- front tough issues as it hammers at the FY 99 preliminary budget, be- ginning with its July 9 meeting. During the June 25 meeting, the board learned that the preliminary budget proposal provides neither continuing financial support of the Cape Carousel program nor hiring two vocal music teachers for the elementary and middle schools. Additionally, legislation that passed June 30, which provides for lowering class sizes in kinder- garten through third grade, could generate five teachers for the dis- trict. However, the budget does not include the $60,000 to $75,000 needed to cover the local share of hiring five teachers. The budget includes supporting five teachers entirely from local funds. Those teachers were hired in the 1998-99 school year to re- duce class sizes, and the board opted to retain the positions. However, if the board approves hiring two music teachers in order to bring the district in line with the state standards, the positions would have to be funded entirely through local funds - approxi- i or .ak. mately $62,600. Although the district's history has been financial surety through conservative financial planning, the district's financial footing may be starting to totter. For example, most of the district's schools are old and are beginning to deterio- rate. Every building in the district has roofing repair needs. Several buildings have other major repair or reconstruction needs. Addi- tionally, all of the schools need electrical upgrades to meet the growing demands of technology. Other pressures on the budget include how professional staff ne- gotiations will conclude - whether they will result in salary increases. Funding for salaries would most likely need to come from the dis- tricrs contingency account, which now has $112,541. While the board is wrestling with the decision of whether to seek a referendum to pay for the major capital improvement pro- jects, which include the repairs and electrical work, staffing and salary issues remain at large. The district could use some of the $667,000 it has in its reserve account for the projects, but if it did so, much of the work would en Cape district purse strings not be tackled. The total cost of all repairs and upgrading the elec- trical systems is $1.4 million. According to Andy Branden- berger, director of business opera- tions, using money from the re- serve account for ongoing expens- es, such as salaries, is bad busi- ness. He equated it to paying for groceries from a savings account. Eventually the funds run out, but the need for food continues. Ad- ditionally, he said, if the ac- count was com- pletely deplet- ed and an emergency arose, the dis- trict would have no way to pay for it. The district is ni4a, mEm3mGER in the process of seeking a $30,000 grant from MBNA to support the Cape Carousel pro- gram, which offers after-school enrichment activities to students. The district has not received word on whether MBNA will again support the program. Brandenberger said the prelimi- nary budget, which remains fairly Continued on page 16 "The Country Life Professionals We Worked With Were 'A Class Act'" Scheo aling Continued from page 10 that some teachers ordered sup- plies that will spoil or be useless by that time. Other anticipated problems with shifting back to the strip schedule, he said, includes students who were planning to at- tend college 'second semester be- ing unable to do so, special educa- tion teachers needing to rewrite Individualized Education Plans but not working during the sum- mer and possibly not having the building staffed correctly. For example, he noted, two teachers hired for the high school were expected to teach elective courses, for which the school re- ceives extra funding. With fewer classes available, students will have fewer opportu- "Tweet" but they don't be/one ,, in your .-  Y chimne!i iJ , 1' rt tl/ ion_ , _ . . .  - Carl Today- SUSSEX STOVE, CO. Jim Seibert, Owner 645-7808 641 Hwy. One Lewes nities to take electives. John Kreitzer, director of in- struction, said the late reversal poses another problem: some stu- dents did not attend summer school, because they planned to catch up with credits by taking more classes next year. For exam- ple, he said, a junior who failed English may have planned to re- take junior English first semester and a senior English class second semester. The only options he is aware of to help those students is corre- spondence school or Groves Adult High School. He said students who are at risk of not graduating may want to consult their guid- ance counselors soon. "It's not just a matter of rear- ranging time," said Burrows, who is currently working on a list of needs to present to the board. The lUt rrla ' c O.alwlv Upl4O00 HAS MOVED to 24 Nam.sso9 uCommon, (Follow sigm to Na Valley Vlneymds) Custom Boat Tops "The Canvas Man" 645-7492 board agreed to provide him with the resources he will need to com- plete the work in time for school's reopening in the fall. Despite the difficulties the high school is facing with changing the schedule, BurrOws said he is com- mitted to minimizing the effect on students. "My interest is for the kids to start the year as smoothly as possible," he said. For the year 1997, The Wall Street Journal recognized Edward Jones' recommended stock )ortfolio as the top )erformer among 15 of the lation's leading investment firms. For a copy of the current "Investment Perspective," including recommendations from our Research Department, contact my office. Anthony Egeln New Devon Inn 142 Second St. Lewes 645-7710 Member SIPC Edward Jones Serving Individual Investors Since z8 7] CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 - 15 "Originally, we had planned to move to Maryland to retire," says Jerry Mayer. "But we discovered that the lot we wanted to build on had no outlet to the bay. This caused us to start looking elsewhere. "After an extensive search, we bought a homesite in Woods on Herring Creek in Lewes. "Then, we met Elmer Fannin, owner of Country Life Homes, and asked him to check the lot's potential for building the style of home we wanted. Hedid, and we visited his Showroom on Route One again to discuss plans, options and the construction schedule. "It was a one-of-a-kind showroom, and the staff there was highly profes- sional and cooperative. They were also very supportive and helpful as the building process moved along. "Beyond that, their follow-through -- after our home was built -- was just superb. 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