Referendum 2018

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    On March 20, 2018, Cape Henlopen School District will hold a referendum to address the enrollment and capacity issues we have experienced over the last several years. Enrollment and capacity issues continue to be the main reason more construction is needed. Cape Henlopen School District enrollment has grown from 4,150 students in 2001 to 5,451 students in September 2017. This is an increase of 1,301 students since 2001.  Population studies show our enrollment will continue to increase significantly over the next 20 years.  The proposed high school expansion and proposed additional middle school will give us the additional secondary level capacity we need to keep up with enrollment growth.    The State of Delaware has recognized the need for these building projects (totaling $55,578,900) and has agreed to contribute $34,197,700 if we are able to pass a local referendum to raise the other $21,381,200.  Cape Henlopen School District was the only school district in the State to receive an approved major capital request Certificate of Necessity this year.  The State recognized the need of our request based on enrollment and capacity.  All projects requested by other school districts were denied this year by the State.

    Date of Election:  March 20, 2018

    The polls for election will open at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.   District residents who are U.S. Citizens at least 18 years of age are eligible to vote at the following polling places:  Cape Henlopen High School, Mariner Middle School, and Rehoboth Elementary School. 

    If you have additional questions, please call Director of Capital Projects, Brian Bassett at (302) 644-7906. If you would like to schedule a Referendum Presentation for your group or organization, please contact Communications Coordinator, Stephanie Kichline at (302) 645-6686. 


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