Vikings Way leads to new high school

by Michael Short on August 27, 2010

The Cape Henlopen School Board voted to change the name of the street leading to Cape High School to something more fitting at Thursday’s board meeting.

The entrance from Savannah Road to the rear of the building is actually named Dover Street. That name recently went up on a street sign on Savannah Road, prompting surprise from members of the public.

Many did not know the street had a name and others were surprised that the short roadway wasn’t named for the high school. So, school board members voted to rename the street Vikings Way at the August 26 school board meeting.

Interim Superintendent Dr. David Robinson said the board should steer clear of any street names that include Cape Henlopen because so many streets and addresses already include that as part of their name. That makes things difficult for 911 responders, but Viking or Vikings is a  far less commonplace address.

Board member Sandi Minard suggested the change and board member Camilla Conlon responded “I love that name.”

Board member Andy Lewis said he wasn’t crazy about the Way part of the street name, but no one opposed the change.

Local representatives Ruth Briggs-King and Pete Schwartzkopf have said they would try to speed up the street sign process so that the new name is up and posted before classes start.

It was a relatively quiet meeting for the board, although there were several housekeeping type items on the agenda.

Dr. Robinson told the audience that the district will begin requiring employees to use identification badges as a way of increasing safety and security. “In today’s world, we can’t afford to not have security,” he said.

In case of an emergency, the badges would give the district the ability to quickly determine who works in the district and who belongs on the grounds, he said.

The board discussed the search for a permanent superintendent  in executive session before the regular open meeting. There was only a brief mention of the search in open session, but board member Dr. Roni Posner said there is now a draft of a timeline for the superintendent search. She pledged that the effort will be a “wide-open transparent search.”

The board also voted to approve a two-year contract for the district support staff represented by the CHSSA. The board was told that the CHSSA is expected to vote on the measure on September 1, so that the school year can begin with an approved contract. “Everybody did work really hard (on an agreement),” said Conlon.

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