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Love Creek Elementary School showcased

Ribbon cutting marks official opening
Love Creek Elementary School teacher Rebecca Vansant gets her classroom ready for the start of school on Tuesday, Sept. 5. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO
September 2, 2017

Cape Henlopen School District’s newest school just opened for business and is already at capacity.

Construction of Love Creek Elementary began in 2015 for the 720-student school. Already, Superintendent Robert Fulton said there are 620 students enrolled in the school. There were 52 spaces open for school choice, which quickly filled. Across the school district, there were 100 spaces open for school choice, but those have also been filled, he said.

“Over the last several days and weeks, we’ve had more and more students move into the district,” Fulton said.

Current and former school board members joined school officials, politicians, and construction and architect representatives for the official ribbon cutting Aug. 29.

“This project started in 2012, and we couldn’t have done this without you,” said Fulton, with a nod to school board members who were involved.

In 2014, voters approved a $31 million referendum for the construction of the kindergarten through fifth-grade school. Love Creek Elementary’s design will be used for a new H.O. Brittingham Elementary and also a new Rehoboth Elementary.

Giving credit to the school’s architects, Tetra Tech, Brian Bassett, director of facility operations and construction, said, “They have done a wonderful job designing a school with us, not for us.”

Patricia Mumford, former Rehoboth Elementary principal, took the helm as principal of Love Creek and has been working at the building since July 8. Former teacher Wendy Harrington is assistant principal.

“This is such an exciting day for us,” Mumford said. “Thank you for giving us this opportunity. It doesn’t happen every day. I’m grateful.”

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