SELBYVILLE, Del. – School officials at the Indian River School District are desperately looking for help to get their third referendum passed next year.
They say there has been a huge lack of support from Hispanic voters, to help them alleviate overcrowding concerns. Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele says that during the past two referendums, there has been very little support from Hispanic voters.
Steele says their votes are critical because Hispanic students make up nearly 40 percent of their district. Back in 2012, they only made up about 25 percent of their district, and over the past few years that number continued to grow.
The superintendent says he has several plans to get support for their next referendum this coming February.
First, the school district will reach out to former Hispanic students who have graduated, and get them to come out and support their school district. Next, they will reach out to local Hispanic churches and organizations that could help them get their message across. “We have well over 85,000 people in our school district, and those are individual people,” said Steele. “Doesn’t mean they’re all white, they’re all black, they’re all Hispanic,” said Steele, “We’re all people and all those kids need to be educated, so we need all of our groups to come out and support this referendum.”
The superintendent adds the school district is hoping to host a meeting with leaders in the community to get more Hispanic voters to come out and make their voices heard, too. He says they are also looking to connect with local Hispanic businesses to help. According to Steele, there will be more interpreters and resources in both Spanish and English, to get more votes next referendum.
They are hoping to move forward with their plans to further engage with the local Hispanic community starting in January of 2020.