Reader-Submitted Letters in Delaware Today’s May 2013 Issue
What readers liked and didn’t like about Delaware Today articles.
Love That Organ
As president of the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society, I am most pleased with the article about the Kimball theater organ in the March issue. I read it today online. I would also ask that my sincere thanks be given to (Drew Ostroski), the author of the article. This is one of the best articles we have received over the last 40 years. Again, thank you.
Bob Dilworth, president,
Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
Chairman of the Board,
American Theatre Organ Society
Great Places to Live
In the March edition of Delaware Today, your article on Great Places to Live takes a shot at the Lake Forest School District that is unwarranted, unsubstantiated and insulting to those who love Lake Forest. I refer to “Pinehurst is in the less-desirable Lake Forest district.” I would appreciate an explanation.
Here are a few facts that would suggest that observation is in error.
In the past 14 years the voters of the Lake Forest School District have approved five referendums and defeated none. That is hardly a sign of a less-than-desirable school district.
In 2012 100 percent of the schools in Lake Forest met Adequate Yearly Progress for the State of Delaware. Not many K-12 districts can make that claim.
This year the folks of Vision 2015 released a list of the 24 schools that, in their words, are “beating the odds.” By that they mean these schools have a higher than state average level of low income students, yet they also have a higher than state average student performance on the state test. Of those 24 schools listed, four of them were Lake Forest schools.
In recent years, all of our Title I schools have been recognized and two are National Distinguished Title I Schools due to high student performance. W.T. Chipman Middle School will be recognized this year in the Superstars in Education program and has hosted visiting teams of teachers from schools throughout the Vision network.
We are an Early College school district. Our goal is for 90 percent of the class of 2016 to have earned some college credit prior to graduation. In November of 2012, 90 percent of our seniors made application to the college of their choice. Year in and year out, more students choice into Lake Forest School district than choice out.
Less desirable? The evidence suggests highly desirable. That’s why Lake Forest is the best choice for so many.
Daniel D. Curry, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Lake Forest Schools
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