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14 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 20t4 NI~WS C, al)e Gazette Q4bQQQQ NEW ATHLETIC FIELDS, middle school classrooms and a pool are part of improvement plans for Sussex Academy. I By Melissa Steele $1.5 million in renovations at melissasteele@capegazette.com its new facility, which included finishing an interior section of Sussex Academy has big plans the school. for its Georgetown campus. Sussex Prep has added a high Officials of the public charter school grade each year since school recently unveiled plans 2013, with 72 students now in the that include new athletic fields, ninth grade and 50 in 10th grade, a middle school classroom wing Schell said. and a swimming pool. Since the high school opened, The additions would build Schell said, the school has lost on Sussex Academy's academic about a third of Sussex Academy's success for grades six through eighth-graders to comprehensive eight and establish a comprehen- high schools - mostly Cape Hen- sive high school for grades nine lopen and Sussex Tech. through 12. "Students want to be involved "It's important to offer a full in everything," Schell said. high school experience," said Joe The improvements to the Schell, chairman of the Sussex school will give them more extra- Academy Foundation, a plan- curricular opportunities; Schell ning and fundraising arm of the said he hopes this will boost school, retention. Ultimately, Schell said, Charter schools are public school officials would like about schools, but by law, buildings, 110 students in each grade from construction and amenities must 7 to 12. By 2016, he said, school be paid for through fundraising officials expect enr011mentJto and donatibi s. School operations reach 700. are funded through the amount The foundation recently pur- per student from the stt Jent's " chased about 18 acres of open home district, space next to the school, which Sussex Academy opened in will allow the school to expand 2000 as a 225-pupil public middle and improve playing fields. school in Georgetown. In 2013, The Sussex Academy Athletic the school expanded after swap- Complex will expand from two ping campuses with Delmarva playing fields to seven - two turf Christian High School. fields are expected to be finished That deal required Sussexby fall 2015, he said. Academy to pay off $1.6 million Also in the plans, are a field in debt on its original facility and surrounded by a track, three pay about $10 million in compen- baseball and softball fields, and sation to Delmarva Christian. eight tennis courts to be covered In return, Sussex Academyby a bubble for use during in- received a larger facility, allow- clement weather. ing the charter school to expand Improvements to the main enrollment to 325 and add a high building include a middle school school program, now called Sus- wing and a pool. Schell said there sex Preparatory Academy. is no schedule yet on when the The school also spent about aquatics center would be corn- pleted, but plans call for a 25-yard pool with seating for spectators and a panoramic view of the campus along the back wall. Now acc~ne a~licot/ons from Licensed HairstTIists and Licensed Nail Technicians FoUowing preferred: Coaching is available. Applicants should be highly motivated with a positive attitude and strong desire to learn. Call 684-1880 to take the first stepl To: OC, etc. L" S AL A rts, TrI in .st di v s ve es Chauffeured Cars, Vans, Buses Real Transportation Lo ta y There USDOT certified / Heavily Insured www, jollytrolley.com 302.227.1197 Original Since 1970 Paid For By Friends of - Alma C.Roach