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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 Jim Cresson photos Sussex County Courthouse cupola to be refurbished The 3L's in Real Estate! Location Location Location and List with Lo. at Lingo's Lou Cristaldi...Realtor Office 227-3883 Jack Lingo Inc. Home 227-2988 E-MAIL: Employees of Felton-based First State Crane spent a long Saturday, Nov. 9, gearing up to re- move the 1916 cupola from atop the Sussex County Courthouse clock tower. The cupola had begun leaning and state officials in charge of the extensive courthouse renovation project de- cided to get it down quickly and begin renovations on it. The task took 17 hours of labor with two cranes and two crews of workers. Dick Carter, author of the 1976 "History of Sussex County," explained that the cupolas maker is lost to history, but there is some noteworthy his. tory surrounding the courthouse's original architect William Strickland, a Philadelphia engi- neer and architect who was at work on the Lewes Harbor Breakwater project in 1837 when the courthouse building project began. Striekland went on to become one of this country's most noted architects of his time. He designed and oversaw construction of the Tennessee State Capital building in Nashville after designing the Sussex County Courthouse. Carter said the cupola is a vital historical part of Sussex County, not just for its design and placement but also for the many penciled signatures of countians who climbed the clock tower steps to the cupola over the past 86 years and left their names scrawled on the unfinished interior walls. Because it is historical, all renovations will be with an eye toward making it just the way it was when first erected in 1916. Frosh academy, reconfigured grade school, new middle schools give Cape district new look in 2003 By Jim Cresson In the words of Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education President Camilla Conlon, Nov. 13: "Beginning next fall, the Cape district will ha,e a whole new look. None of our schools will look the same again." That look, as the public is learning through a series of district-hosted workshops, will result from the opening of two new middle schools, the creation of a Freshmen Academy at Lewes Middle School, recon- figuring four elementary schools and freeing up enough space at the high school to accommodate students in grades 10- 12. The new middle schools are under construction, within budget and on schedule for completion next Also targeted for inclusion at the current Lewes Middle School building will be a parmership with the University of Delaware's Academy of Lifelong Learning, which would bold its classes there. And the Savannah Road Annex to Lewes Middle School would be used by Sussex Elementary Consortium. Some parents have expressed their meen over separating ninth graders from the high school setting and requiring them to be shuttled two miles to the high school for such daily activities as band, upper level courses and ROTC. But Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent Andy Brandenberger asked parents not to w about logistic dalh of shut-, diagstudents am/such. Those decions  b worked out inthe months ahead, and whenever it is summer. When they open, about 1,000 students in possible, the district will prefer sending instructors t0 grades. 8 will fill themYhat enrollment is expected the academy rathw than having students shatfle to tO stay constant  the next th/ee years. Whene.,-: thchigh school ......... ! middleschool  increase si. :- "I'm all for tl ninthgrsde academy.,, said Milton. schools' pod designs will allow for easy classroom parent Linda Rogers. "It's areal good idea." additions. Creating a Freshmen Academy at Lewes Middle School will also be relatively easy, school officials say, and more importantly, creation of the academy will free up vital space at the high school for incom- ing sophomores. Currently, the high school enroll- ment of 1,166 is well over its choice capacity of 1,006. "This committee did not look lightly at the ninth grade academy," said committee member Jerry Reynolds of Milton. "We brought in Dr. Mike Mock who was principal of Lewes Middle when it had a similar academy in 1990. He and some of his former students gave the idea high marks They told us what a great year it had been for them and how much they Continued on page 20 HOUS Rare In Town Find  4 tqflladelphia Square : 2ndi block, llais extrahrgetwo.story town-  home features 3BR, I/2BAplus a'loft : ,:: Your H0sts: Bill Peiffer & Tony Mongdlo : U Bill Peier 302-227-6101 800-321-2268 Prudential To/Mongello GaUo, REALTORS