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  • BY THE NUMBERS: Indian River School District growth

  • Administrators in the Indian River School District say steady growth in student enrollment – particularly at its elementary schools – is the driving force behind a Jan. 29 referendum.
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    Administrators in the Indian River School District say steady growth in student enrollment – particularly at its elementary schools – is the driving force behind a Jan. 29 referendum.
    The two-part referendum seeks nearly $2.5 million a year in new property tax revenue to help fund the construction of 38 new classrooms at six schools, including 18 rooms in Georgetown, as well as the hiring of 20 new teachers.
    If both questions are approved, the district's school tax rate would increase by 6.5 percent from $2.623 per $100 of assessed property value to $2.77 per $100.
    District officials say the hike would increase the tax bill for homes worth $199,000 to $250,000 by an average of $38.05.
    Even with the proposed increases, Indian River would continue to have the lowest school tax rate in Sussex County.
    District Assistant Superintendent Gary Brittingham said most of the residential housing growth in the district has occurred east of Georgetown, while new residents in local manufactured housing communities and in town also are spurring the increased enrollment.
    "The population of school age children has grown considerably in the last six or seven years," he said. "And as the economy comes back, we're going to have more and more people moving into the area because our schools are good and our taxes are low."
    The following is a look at student enrollment and population growth in the district:
    18.6 Percentage of student enrollment growth in the Indian River School District from 2002 to 2012.
    12.2 Percentage of student enrollment grown in Delaware in the same period.
    42 Percentage of student enrollment growth at North Georgetown Elementary School from 2005 to 2012.
    2 Net increase in teaching positions at North Georgetown Elementary School from 2004-2005 to 2011-2012.
    27 Percentage of student enrollment growth at Georgetown Elementary School from 2005 to 2012.
    3.5 Net increase in teaching positions at Georgetown Elementary School from 2004-2005 to 2011-2012.
    26 Percentage of total population growth in Sussex County from 2000 to 2010.
    55 Percentage of total population growth in Long Neck from 2000 to 2010.
    28 Percentage of total population growth in Georgetown from 2000 to 2010.
    39 Percentage of total population growth in Millsboro from 2000 to 2010.
    12,000 Approximate number of building lots approved in the Indian River School District since 2001.
    $165.2 Realty transfer tax, in millions, collected by Sussex County from the Indian River School District since 2001.
    46 Percentage of total Sussex County reality transfer tax revenue collected from the Indian River School District since 2001.
    Sources: Delaware Department of Education, Indian River School District, Sussex County government

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