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Likely to be lost in the announcement Wednesday, July 10, of the results of the Spring 2002 Delaware State Testing Program, are the scores from the now-defunct Georgetown Charter School.
The school opened its doors in September, closed in May, and has now surrendered its charter after it essentially ran out of money allocated to it by the state.
Parents begged state education officials to bail them out, claiming the school provided a far better learning environment than the schools from which their children had come.
And some complained that the students' test scores would suffer, since the state-mandated testing was done in the midst of the school's struggle to stay open.
The numbers released this week show that in math, Georgetown Charter School third graders ranked 68th out of 87 schools statewide, with 33 percent of Georgetown students performing below state standards. Statewide, 28 percent of third graders performed below state standards.
In reading, however, Georgetown third graders scored slightly better than the statewide average, with 18 percent failing to meet state standards compared to 21 percent statewide.
Fifth graders at Georgetown scored slightly below other students across the state in math, with 37 percent failing to meet state standards compared with 33 percent statewide. In reading, Georgetown fifth graders again scored above the statewide average, with 16 percent scoring below state standards compared with 22 percent statewide.
Students at Georgetown followed disappointing statewide trends in writing. Forty-eight percent of Georgetown third graders and 57 percent of fifth graders failed to meet state writing standards. Statewide, 54 percent of third graders and 51 percent of fifth graders fell short of state standards in writing.
An indicator of just how bad the statewide writing scores were: with nearly half the students falling below state standards in writing, Georgetown's third graders still ranked 29th out of 87 schools in the state.
The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will hear plans for a 780-unit RPC off Bay Farm Road west of Long Neck on Thursday, July 11, 2002, at 7 p.m. in council chambers.
The proposal, from A.A.S.C.D. Ventures of Wilmington, would put 780 homes in four villages with different styles and price levels.
State environmental and transportation officials have questioned the plans because a large part of the 303-acre tract is forest. They also feel the Bay Farm Communities, and the planned 1,494-home Peninsula development, should be considered together due to the impact on traffic on Route 24. County planners won't hear the Peninsula proposal until August.
It is estimated that the Bay Farm project would generate $4.6 million in transfer taxes and $1 million in county taxes, water and sewer fees.
A public hearing will be held July 22 on a proposed amendment to the state's Shellfish Sanitation Regulations that would open part of the Indian River Bay for shellfish harvesting.
The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Water Resources will receive comments on the proposed amendment, which would reclassify a portion of the bay from prohibited to approved for harvesting shellfish.
The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.
A workshop was held on the reclassification June 12. The proposed change is based on water quality data from the shellfish program since 1999, as well as trends in water quality fluctuation and historical movement of the approved shellfish ground's western boundary in the bay since 1962.
The proposed area is described as follows: proceeding in a westerly direction excluding the area immediately adjacent to Oak Orchard and excluding Indian River proper as encompassed by a line 650 feet in length in a north-south direction beginning at the eastern bank of the mouth of Emily Gut and running from the southern end of said line in a westerly direction to Highgrass Point, which represents the northern boundary of the approved shellfish harvest area. The southern boundary begins at a point south of Rock Point and runs in an easterly direction to Aydelotte Point, excluding Pepper Creek and near-shore waters in the vicinity of Champlin Neck.
Oral and written statements will be taken at the hearing. Anyone interested in presenting comments is requested to register in advance by mail.
The deadline for written comments to be included in the hearing record will be announced at the time of the hearing. Written statements submitted before the hearing should be addressed to: R. Robert Thompson, Hearing Officer, DNREC, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. For more information on the hearing, call Thompson at (302) 739-4403.
For additional information or to request a copy of the proposed change, with the area description, contact Jack Pingree, program manager, Shellfish and Recreational Water Branch, Watershed Assessment Section, (302) 739-4590.
The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25, on an application filed by Bayville Shores Condominium Association for a boat ramp, bulkheading and minor dredging. The hearing will be held in the cafeteria at Selbyville Middle School.
Bayville Shores proposes to build a 20- by 75-foot boat ramp, 115 linear feet of bulkhead, and to maintenance dredge 130 cubic yards of material to a depth of minus 2.8 feet mean low water from an unnamed lagoon adjacent to Dirickson Creek at Bayville Shores, Selbyville.
The application and supporting documents are available at the office of DNREC's Division of Water Resources, Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, Del. between 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information or an appointment to inspect the documents, call (302) 739-4691.
Written and oral statements may be presented at the public hearing. Anyone wishing to comment at the hearing is requested to register in advance by mail. Written statements may be presented before the hearing and should be addressed to: Denise Rawding, Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
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