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8 -:OAPE GAZETTJ, dday, pt7.L'OelobCe ,.II196 Elementary school class sizes "fairly low" in Cape District Grade K Hense Grade I Faust Grade 2 Coffman Grade 3 Demby R S R S R S R S R S R S 23 0 Hense 10 9 Seckriter 23 0 Sockdter 21 0 Zygmonski 23 0 Zygmonsld 20 0 23 0 Floyd 24 0 Hocker 17 5 Lecatas 22 0 Marshall 21 1 O'Hanlon 23 0 22 0 Mahoney 20 0 Norwood 22 0 Shockely 17 4 Short 15 4 Wolak 18 3 18 5 Eli 19 4 Peterson 24 0 Thornburg 20 4 Walls 20 4 Riggin 22 1 Reddish R S 18 6 Grade K Alexander Grade I Caldwell Grade 2 Buck Grade 3 Camenish Grade 4 Barranco R S R S 21 Alexander 15 Smith 17 4 Goering 16 3 Davis 16 2 Lockwood 21 Joseph 20 Seaboit 21 1 Gooch 19 2 Lank R S 19 Smith 21 Lowe 12/8 Merz 18 2 Staples 16 4 Sharp R 'S 17 Pepper 20 Pettigout 22 Wingate 14 5 O'Connor 16 3 Campbell 19 22 10 7/11 Key: S -R- 10 Regular education students -S o Special education students This is the first in a throe-part series showing class size in the Cape Henlopen School District. Administrators from the Cape Henlopen School District presented class size figures to the school board during its Thursday, Sept. 12 meeting. "We're at pretty good shape at H.O. Brittingham as far as class sizes are concerned," said Karen Cannon, supervisor of personnel and information services. At Shields Elementary School, she said, the numbers are also fairly low." Rehoboth Elementary School was containing fairly low numbers as well, she said, although the fourth grade was a rather large group. These charts indicate the class sizes in their respec- five schools. Grade K Nelson Grade I Dorman Grade 2 Budna Grade 3 Dillinger Grade 4 Clark Grade 5 Bolick Grade 6 Mack R S R S R 21 0 Nelson 19 0 Palmer 19 24 0 Mitchell 25 0 Vavale 24 21 0 Kelley 20 0 Lies 21 15 3 Matthes" 21 1 Paskins 19 21 4 Nelson 22 4 Shepherd 21 19 4 Carnevale 19 4 Layton 25 17 7 McClanahan 17 6 Mock 25 S 0 Palmer 0 Williams 3 Wells 4 0 4 Ross 0 Roe R S 21 0 21 3 18 3 17 8 22 3 Cape School District joins other districts in OCR inquiry By Kerry Kestqr The Cape Henlopen Board of Education passed a resolution during its Thursday, Sept. 12 meeting that supports a consortium of school districts who are all facing exami- nation from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Rep. A1 PlanL Sr. (D-Wilmington) filed complaints against eleven Delaware public school districts approximately a year ago, citing the districts were engaging in discriminatory practices. In August, the Cape district learned that it was amongst those accused of having a dis- proportionate number of minority students in special education programs and in disci- plinary tracts. In an effort to save some ex- pense in defending themselves, the districts are all expected to pass similar resolutions to that which the Cape board passed in an effort to combine resources and save mon- ey. 'his is going to be very time consuming and expensive," said Superintendent Suellen Skeen, who said previously she doubts Cape is in violation. Some of the is- sues, she said, pertained specifically to dis- tricts in the northern part of the state, and those issues were resolved during the de- segregation legal proceedings. The Cape district's attorney, David Williams of Wilmington, represents three of the four northern districts, said Skeen, and he is actively working to unite the dis- triers to handle the problem together. All of the attorneys for the districts involved, Skeen said, have written to the OCR re- questing extensions on the deadline OCR set for providing the f'nt round of data. Skeen said the complaint will also be ad- dressed at the Oct. 7 Kent-Sussex School Board Consortium meeting. "I think this is an appropriate and thoughtful way of going about it," said Skeen. The resolution reads as follows: "WHEREAS, eleven school districts in the State of Delaware are being investigated by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). WHEREAS, Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict is one of the eleven districts. WHEREAS, All of the school districts will require the services of an attorney or attorneys. BE 1T RESOLVED that the Board of Ed- ucation of the Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict agrees to participate in a consortium with other Kent and Sussex County school districts and the Appoquinimink School District to jointly use legal counsel in order to respond to the OCR investigation. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RE- SOLVED that the Board of Education of the Cape Henlopen School District adopts this resolution on this day of September 12, 1996." Cape School Board sets legislative priorities for 1997 The Cape Hen!open Board of Education adopted its legislative priorities during its Thursday, Sept. 12 meeting. The board will submit the list to the Delaware School Board Association, who will collect data from all districts in order to determine lobbying priorities. The following are the legislative priorities listed in order of importance: Briefly Education Department grant goes for charters The Delaware Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has been awarded a three-year federal grant to assist individuals and groups seeking to establish charter schools in Delaware. Congress- man Mike Castle said the $519,000 grant from the U.S. De- partment of Education will assist approximately 12 charter schools that expect to be established in 1. Continued increases in the funding of Academic Excellence Block Grant to meet the needs of students. Examples: decreased class size additional staff for middle schools 2. Increased level of funding for school-building capital improve- ment. Delaware over the next three years. "The concept of charter schools is supported by many peo- ple in this country, including many Delawareans," said Castle. "I am pleased that the U.S. De- partment of Education has provid- ed funding so that we will have a real chance to see how successful and productive this new school concept can be." Under Delaware's Charter School Law of 1995, non-reli- gious, non-sectarian individuals or groups can seek DPI approval to open a school with a more target- ed curriculum intended to meet children's individual educational 3. Provision of state-supported units for school social workers, counselors and increased elemen- tary paraprofessionals. 4. Fully funded parent-responsi- bility component added to Senate Bill 304, that requires parent sig- nature in support of student code of conduct and attendance re- quirements. needs. Castle said the money can be used to help charter schools finish their planning for courses and other school programs or to assist local school boards or com- munities with their plans to con- vert a school or other existing building into a charter school. According to DPI, two charter schools, The Charter School of Wilmington and Positive Out- comes in Dover, opened this fall in Delaware, and two more - East Side Academy, an elementary school program operated by the Wilmington Housing Authority, and Horizons School in Smyrna - are due to open in the fall of 1997. 5. Increased funding for tech- nology. 6. Continued support for in- creases in Division I, Division II and Division III funding. 7. Full funding for state-man- dated and federal-mandated pro- grams: Examples: criminal background check state special education proposal Cape falls below state average in misconduct According to "Student Conduct Final Report," by the Delaware Department of Public Instruction, the Cape Henlopen School district fell below the state average in number of student misconduct in- cidents per percentage of enroll- ment during the 1995-96 school year. The percent of incident re- ports filed relative to the total en- rollment in the state averaged 1.7 percent, while the Cape district averaged 1.2 percent. Sussex County fell only slightly below the state average, filing incident ADA/504 compliance 8. Partial funding for assistant principal positions. 9. Continued funding for posi- tive intervention programs for dis- ruptive students. 10. Adjustment in pay scale for substitute teachers with mandato- ry review and adjustments annual- ly. I reports for 1.6 percent of its total enrollment. The total number of incidents reported in the state were 1,866, with 322 coming from Sussex County and 48 being filed in the Cape district. The following lists the breakdown of misconduct in- cidents in the Cape district: 20 as- saults against pupils, one extortion against a pupil, nine offensive touching against an employee, three threats to an employee, four possession of deadly weapons or dangerous instruments, nine pos- sessions of controlled substances and two State Board of Education reports.