Melson Ice Cream Social
Melson United Methodist Church, east of Delmar ice cream social, Saturday, June 26, 2 p.m., hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken salad, oyster sandwiches, homemade ice cream.
Goslee is awarded scholarship
Lindsey Goslee, a member of the class of 2004 of Delmar Senior High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 Choptank Electric Cooperative Directors’ Scholarship.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Goslee of Delmar. Second in her class, she will be a freshman at Salisbury University where she plans to major in history and education.
During high school she participated in Girls’ State, the State Chorus, Student Government Association, Teens Against Tobacco Use, the National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, the yearbook staff and field hockey.
She is active in her church, assisting in the nursery and Vacation Bible School, and is on the Wellness Center Advisory Board.
Also receiving the scholarship award were Claire Berkey and Max Behike, both from North Caroline High School, and Amanda Franklin, Snow Hill High School.
The co-op scholarships were established in 1999 and a total of $23,000 in scholarship awards has been given to date.
Delmar could build new track complex
By Mike McClure
The Delmar School Board has agreed to apply for $400,000 in state funds to build a track and field complex. Also during the board’s meeting on Tuesday, June 15, the board discussed the possibility of having school uniforms in the high school and superintendent George Stone gave an update on the ongoing saga regarding the state’s request for school districts to return a total of $7 million.
School districts are required to submit requests for major capital improvement project funding each year and this year the Delmar board decided to apply for $400,000 for the construction of a track and field complex. According to Stone, districts do not need to hold a referendum for the local share of a major cap project if they have the money set aside.
Delmar has been putting money aside for a track and can put up the $100,000 share for the $500,000 project, Stone said. Stone added that the project probably wouldn’t cost $500,000, but the district is requesting the maximum amount of major cap money allowed.
A track and field complex was part of the district’s original building project plans but in the end it could not afford to build the track.
The board agreed that a track and field program would provide more opportunities to students and agreed to approve the major capital project request. The state will have the final say on whether the $400,000 is approved.
The school board also discussed the possibility of having uniforms in the high school following recent problems with the dress code. School administrators must measure students’ garments to see if they meet the 14-inch requirement. They told the board that the current fashion makes things more difficult.
“It’s a problem. Some of the(students don’t know how to dress right,” said school board president Herbert Wright.
Board member Joanne Gum said most of the shorts in the stores right now are short, so parents don’t have much of a choice when they are helping to pick out their children’s wardrobe. “I don’t know what the answer is,” Gum added.
Board member Bill Nichols said that in the past, students needed to wear shorts because the schools didn’t have air conditioning. The district has gone back and forth between allowing and banning shorts in its schools.
One administrator suggested that going to school uniforms may be the only answer to the problem.
Stone told the board that high school principal Mark Holodick wants to give students a year to “clean up their acts” before taking the next step, which could be uniforms.
“It’s up to the students where we end up,” Stone said. “We need to get some further input.”
Stone told the board that an education rally is planned for Wednesday, June 23, to support House Bill 471, which calls for the state to return the $7 million it took back from school districts across the state. The issue is the chief school officers’ No. 1 priority because they were under impression that last year’s cut would only be a one year thing.
“It seems unfathomable that base budget cuts are not being restored,” said Stone. “This is not just about the money, we need that teaching unit back.”
Earlier in the meeting, the board honored Gerry Mitchell, who recently retired after 34 years as a math teacher in the Delmar and Seaford school districts, and Bill Nichols, who is retiring from the school board. Delmar student Jarred Ward was also recognized for being the first Delmar student to receive the Discover Card Tribute Award at the gold level, which is the highest level.
Shauneen Giudice, the district’s 2005 teacher of the year, has also been honored as the Governor’s Marine Science teacher for 2004.
The board approved the following varsity head coaches for the 2004-05 high school sports season: David Hearn (football), Rick Evans (boys’ soccer), and Glenda Evans (field hockey). The trio returns from the previous year as does boys’ cross country coach Stan Johnson, who was approved during the April board meeting. April Bailey was also approved as the varsity football cheerleading coach at that meeting.