Seaford school referendum passes 475-222

By Lynn R. Parks

The Seaford School District got an OK from its residents for a tax hike to pay for new roofs and elevators. Tuesday's referendum won with 68 percent of the vote. Nearly 700 people voted in the referendum, according to unofficial results posted by the Sussex County Department of Elections. Of those, 475 voted for the measure and 222 voted against. "We won!!!" said an e-mail sent out by district spokeswoman Bonnie Johnson. For the average homeowner in the district, approval of the referendum will mean an additional $10 a year. Property owners pay school taxes based on county assessments. Average property assessment in the district is about $16,000.

The additional revenue will help pay for new roofs for Central Elementary, Seaford Middle and West Seaford Elementary schools, as well as a new roof for the gym at the Seaford Middle School. It will also pay to replace elevators in Seaford Middle School and Seaford High School. The state will pay 73 percent of the cost of the roof replacement and elevator projects. The district will also build a wing on Central Elementary School to accommodate elementary students who are orthopedically handicapped. Those students currently meet in four classrooms in Frederick Douglass Elementary School. The state will pay 100 percent of the cost of that construction. Total project cost will be about $6.6 million. Of that, the district will pay $1.172 million and the state the balance.

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