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October 31, 1997

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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 - 11 AG's office says Cape school board didn't violate FOIA By Michael Short The Delaware Attorney Gener- al's Office has ruled that the Cape Henlopen School Board did not violate the Freedom of Informa- tion Act during its Sept. 11 meet- ing. That allegation came out of a discussion about hiring teachers with local funds. The school board had advertised that the meeting would include consideration of class size and enrollment. That discussion led to a discussion of hiring teachers with local school district funds as a way to reduce class sizes. That prompted Dean Dey to say the district vi- olated the Freedom of Information Act by not advertising that it might vote on hiring more teach- ers. Dey, a former presi- DEY dent of the Cape Henlopen Board, said the board should not have voted to hire 10 new teachers at that meet- ing. Dey said in his complaint that "this rash action by the board, which I don't believe they under- stood fully, will literally destroy the financial structure of the Cape District. There was no plan for this action, no concept how the teachers will be used, no recom- mendation or claim of an emer- gency situation. The superinten- State hosts job fair on Nov. 1 Delawareans may explore em- ployment opportunities available within state government at a Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Satur- day, Nov. 1, at Delaware Tech Terry Campus in Dover. Staffers from 15 state agencies will set up booths and answer questions. Re- sumes will be accepted as well. Beautiful Hand-Crafted Pellet & Wood Stoves from SUSSEX STOVE CO. 3000 Jim Seibert, Owner 645-7808 641 Hwy. One (North of Nassau Bridge) Lewes, DE dent and board president were tak- en completely by surprise." Deputy Attorney General Michael Tupman wrote that "the meeting on Sept. 11, 1997, was at- tended by a number of parents and teachers, including the com- plainant, who voiced his objection to the decision to use local monies to fund new teacher positions. We do not find that the public was misled by the agenda for the Sept. 11 meeting, or that any interested person did not attend because he or she was not fully aware of what might be discussed. Furthermore, we find that the discussion of class sizes and enrollment natural- ly evolved into a discussion of whether more teachers might be necessary, and if so, how to fund their salaries." The issue of overcrowded class- es and the motion from board Vice President Barry Porter, oc- cured in a single meeting. Dey had alleged that the board is required to consider the issue in one meet- ing and then wait for a second meeting to take a vote. After the decision, Dey said he had raised a "fair question" and had received a fair answer from the attorney general's office. He said the issue of how specific a board agenda must be and how far the board can deviate from the agenda is an issue of long stand- ing and said it was a question that should be considered. "I have no problem with the de- cision... It was something which I think needed to be resolved," he said. When We Saw Plantations, We Said, "This Is Where We Want To Be'." "We began looking for a place to retire, starting in Florida," Jim and Joan Cooper at Plantations explain. "We proceeded northward until we reached Delaware. When we arrived at Plantations," Joan says, "we knew tfiis was the place we wanted to be. "We thought we'd have difficulty selling our 3,500 square foot condo in Maryland," they say. "But it sold quickly and we needed to be out in a little over two weeks. Our single-family home at Plantations was already under construction. We worked closely with the architect at Country Life Homes to get it completed in time. He and the sales staff at Plantations worked With us and we succeeded in making the deadline. "Now that everything is completed, we love our home. It's large, open, bright and it faces the lake. Being on the water and near everything, we think it's the perfect place for a retired couple such as ourselves. When you visit Plantations, you too will quickly see what we like about this very attractive neighborhood." Prices start at $113,500. Forinformation, call 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530. From Route One, turn west at Midway Shopping Center traffic light onto Postal Lane, 1 then right on 275. 1 oP,o**uMiTv wmAmv .... q7 [ II