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.t ,I Cape Gazette TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 ~9 Pool, 15-classroom wing expected next By Melissa Steele for capital improvement is gener- ated through foundation grants, private donations or loans. A $2.5 million loan has helped Overall, Sussex Academy has Sussex Academy finish an oth- received more than $10 million erwise unusable interior space in USDA loans. Originally the into a cafeteria, theater stage and school served students in grades library. 6-8, but has since expanded to a School leaders and dignitar- high school serving grades 9-11. ies celebrated the school's latest Next year, a 12th grade will be improvements Sept. 3 in the re- added for a full high school. Cur- cently completed cafeteria, rent enrollment for all grades is The Sussex County charter about 550. school moved into the former "We feel now we've met the Delmarva Christian school mark that we're a real high in 2013 after the two schools school," said Patricia Oliphant, swapped facilities. The area director oftheschool. where supporters gathered had been unfinished, with a dirt floor, "WE FEEL NOW WE'VE MET until a $2.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's THE MARK THAT WE'RE A Rural Development helped finish REAL HIGH SCHOOL." the work, said Bill McGowan, -DIRECTORPATRICIAOLIPHANT state director for USDA Rural Development "It is a pleasure to see first- In 2000, McGowan said, Sus- hand the progress of this school," sex Academy was the first school he said. Delaware's Rural Development Although school construction office supported with a $1.6 mil- does not come readily to mind lion 40-year loan. A $6.25 million in connection with a USDAloan, loan was given to the school McGowen said, under USDA's when it moved from its original Rural Development commu- Georgetown location to the for- nity facility program, school mer Delmarva Christian school. construction is considered a Since then, more than a dozen public good. Charter schools are classrooms, offices and multi- public schools, but under state purpose space have been added. law, they do not receive money The cafeteria can seat about for building expenses. Funding 400 and will double as seating area for future stage productions. Pull-out theater seating will be installed at the rear of the room to allow for 600 to view events on the theater stage. Once the theater stage is finished, Oliph- ant said, a 15-classroom wing with multipurpose and confer- ence rooms will be added. An eight-lane, 25-yard pool with spectator seating is also in the works through a donation by construction company Schell Brothers. Sussex Academy students have routinely scored highest in the state assessments. In the most recent Smarter Balanced tests, Sussex Academy seventh- and eighth-graders placed highest in the state for students meeting proficiency in English. Ninety-eight percent of sev- enth-graders were proficient and 94 percent of eighth-grad- ers were. Sixth-graders had the third-highest proficient with 93 percent. In math, students also excelled compared to their state counterparts. Sixth-grad- ers were 62 percent proficient, seventh-graders 79 percent and eighth-graders 80 percent. Sev- enth- and eighth-graders were second in the state for math proficiency; sixth-graders were fourth. The latest building improve- ments adds to the school's stellar MELISSA STEELE PHOTO OFFICIALS CUT the ribbon to Sussex Academy's latest improvements. Pic- tured (I-r) are USDA Rural Development Community Program DirectorOe- nise MacLeish, Rural Development Director Bill McGowan and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. Kathy Beisner, assistant to the state Rural Development director, and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper speak to students at Sussex Academy. academic record, Oliphant said. recall their years at Sussex Acad- "We want to put children in a emy, they should be reminded of position to go on to higher edu- public work. cation," she said. "Don't ever forget the notion Speaking to the students,of public work," he said. "We McGowan encouraged them want you back in the towns, we to graduate and continue with want your intellect ... we want higher education, and when they you." CHEF PRESENTS AWARDS TO DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR HONOREES WORCESTER PREP HOSTS SENIOR LUNCHEON Teacher Ot SUBMITTED PHOTO THE CAPE HENLOPEN EDUCATIONAL Foundation recently presented $200 cash awards to eight Teacher of the Year honorees at the Cape district's open- ing celebration. Shown are (I-r) Jeff Gordon, CHEF board member; Richard Lantz, Rehoboth Elementary; Greg Berman, Cape High; Kris Jarecki, Beacon Middle; Linda Duckworth, Sussex Consortium; Sarah McCabe, Milton Elemen- tary; Maizie Silverman, H.O. Brittingham Elementary; and Kristin Gray, Shields Elementary, Cape Henlopen School District Teacher of the Year. Not pictured is Christina Hastings, Mariner Middle. SUBMITTED PHOTO EACH YEAR WORCESTER Prep hosts a back-to-school luncheon for seniors where they enjoy getting together to learn more aboutcollege admissions procedures, college visits, their senior trip to England, senior privileges, se-*-~" nior lunches and seniors as school leaders. A few of the 47 members of the Class of 2016 shown are in back (I-r) Laura Issel, Lewes; Headmaster Dr. Barry Tull; and Hayley Larsen, Ocearl City, Md. In front are Charlie Pritchard, Snow Hill, Md; Rachel Berry, Bishopville, Md.; and Allie Barrish, Milton. For more information, go to www.worces- or call 410-641-3575. "