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i Achievement gap lingers in Cape district Students in poorer schools still lag behind By Georgia Leonhart Special to the Cape Gazette More Cape Henlopen students are meet- ing state achievement standards in reading and math than the average for districts statewide, but students in the district's eco- nomically poorest schools still lag behind their peers in other schools. Test results listed by individual schools reveal significant differences among schools in the percentage of students in the same grade meeting the minimum accept- able standards. The results are from the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP), which is required by federal law and designed to measure the progress of students toward "standards established by the state. A summary of test results released by the Delaware State Department of Education shows the percentage of students who have met or exceeded the state's standard for specific subjects i n specific grades. Poverty lowers achievement Education officials use the percentage of children in a school who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches to determine the per- centage of that school's students whose financial situation is at or near poverty. It includes that information in its assessment summary. The percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-cost lunches in the district, by school, is as follows: H.O. Brittingham Elementary, 47 percent Milton Elementary, 25 percent Rehoboth Elementary, 25 percent Robert A. Shields, 20 percent Beacon Middle, 27 percent and Mariner Middle, 41 percent. District figures show that schools with fewer children who live at or near poverty Continued on page 4 Cape Shores dealing with beach erosion By Rachel Swick Cape Gazette staff The residents of Cape Shores find them- selves in a Catch-22: Their beach is public, but it can only be reached on private roads, and there is no public parking. The state and City of Lewes do not want to fund beach replenishment because the residents of the development are the beach's primary users. Residents say they have paid for the beach replenishment for six years, but since the public is allowed to use the beach, property owners do.not want to foot the entire bill. Today thebeach is narrow - almost disappearing at high tide - and the protective dunes are collapsing in the harsh environment. "We have been paying for the last six years," said Gaby Linnen, president of the Cape Shores Homeowners Association, which was founded after the development was created in 1991. Linnen has been president of the associ- ation for one year and she knows the com, munity cannot afford to fix the beach without help. Last spring, Cape Shores funded a beach restoration project and Continued on page 14 Jim Westhoff photo Delaware State Fair celebrates 87 years of family 'amoosement' The cows take a nap while Natalie Bailey, left, and bition and competition. The 10-day state fair continues Laura Parker, both 15, use them as comfy pillows at the through Saturday, July 29. Fair organizers anticipate 87th annual Delaware State Fair in Harrington. The more than 300,000 people will visit the fair this year. For dairy barn is one of several that houses livestock for exhi- more state fair coverage, see pages 15 and 21. be postponed at least until the 2008-09 planning period. In the interim, the board plat2s to contin- ue evaluating the need for certain improve- ments and will also explore sharing the cost of the alternate primary transmission line. BPW General Manager Ken Mecham said Delmarva Power has indicated a will- ingness to pay for installation of the alter- nate primary line, but he said the board would ultimately pay the costs for the proj- ect through tariffs charged for its use. The cost of rebuilding the electrical sys- tem's 69-kilov'olt primary transmission line - originally budgeted at $998,000 - has increased to $1.1 million. An underground cable replacement project costing $269,000 has been completed. As an alternative to rebuilding the well Continued on page 5 Electrical improvements on hold until 2008-09 By Henry J. Evans Jr. Cape Gazette staff Concerned about costs of electrical sys- tem improvements, the Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) has put on hold more than $3 million in projects. The board at its Thursday, July 20 meet- ing voted unanimously to revise its original $4.8 million budget for five projects, cut- ting it to three projects costing a total of $1.8 million. Construction of a well field substation ring bus, an electrical distribution system originally budgeted at $1.2 million, and the construction of an alternate primary trans- mission line, budgeted at $1.2 million, will Lewes BPW axes .$3 million in projects