Woodbridge moves ahead with plans for Middle School
By Mike McClure
The Woodbridge School Board moved forward with its plans for the new middle school and approved the preliminary FY 03 budget during its meeting on Tuesday, June 18. The board also recognized referendum committee chairs and other people who helped the district pass the current expense referendum.
Jerry Rozanski of Tetra Tech and Allen Redford of EDiS gave the board an update on the plans for the new middle school (at the site of the Early Childhood Education Center in Bridgeville). The district is in the construction document phase of the middle school project.
According to Rozanski, the only recent changes to the design was the addition of a sidewalk between the existing building at the ECEC site and the new building. The board has yet to decide on the color of the middle school roof (blue or green).
School board president Paul Breeding pointed out that the construction documents are available for review by the public. The board approved the document following executive session.
Redford gave the board the current timeline for the middle school project. The district will hold its bid opening in the Woodbridge Elementary School on July 2 and will meet with low bidders July 8-9. EDiS will make bid award recommendations at the July or August board meeting.
The board also approved the preliminary FY 03 budget during the meeting. The budget will be driven by the district’s enrollment by September 30, when the state makes its official count.
The budget includes a current expense tax of $1.431 in Sussex County and $.0592 in Kent County. The total tax rate (current expense, debt service, tuition, and minor capital improvement taxes) is projected at $2.913 per $100 of assessment in Sussex and $1.206 per $100 in Kent County.
“The rate that we published and we went forward with (in the referendum) is the rate that’s being recommended tonight,” said superintendent Kevin Carson.
The preliminary budget anticipates a revenue and an expenditure of $3,938,863.
At the beginning of the meeting, the board recognized David C. and Charlotte Speicher as well as committee chairs: Barry Cooper, Sue Grove, Nina Colegrove, Moarina Reardon, Michael Collison, Allison Workman, Denise Tatman, Mike and Becky Gallo, and Shawn Bowman for their work in support of the referendum.
“I think the key to the process is this not an ending. We ask you to keep involved with our students,” Carson said.
“The community really came out and supported this referendum,” added Breeding. “We don’t want it to stop there. We need to keep the community involved.”
Greenwood Lions Club installs officers
Incoming District Governor Mike Mock of District 22 installed the officers of the Greenwood Lions Club at their June meeting. Incoming officers are: King Lion, Martha Green; vice president, Dorothy Jones; secretary, June Bostick; treasurer, Gene Carlisle; Lion Tamer, Frank deFord; and Tail Twister, Donald Green.
Matthew Opaliski was inducted as a new member of the club.
The club does many worthwhile activities and projects in their community. For more information about membership in the club call 349-4943.
Bridgeville Senior Center
Bridgeville Senior Center meets at 414 Market Street, Bridgeville. For information about programs call 337-8771.
Monday, July 1 - Elder Information 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, July 2 - Members’ meeting
Wednesday, July 3 - Bible study.
Thursday, July 4 - Closed holiday.
Friday, July 5 - Crafts in a.m.; Wal-Mart shopping, p.m.