Wright wins school board election, keeps her seat

Date Published: 
May 31, 2013

Millsboro-area residents have elected to keep Leolga Wright in her seat on the Indian River School District’s Board of Education. Originally appointed to the District 3 position in July of 2012, Wright won the May 14 election, 578-119, over challenger Paulette Rappa.

Wright said she felt “grateful and overwhelmed” by the community support and that she aims to be the “voice” for people’s concerns.

Wright is one of the first IR board members to have a new five-year term, after the Delaware state legislature extended the IRSD’s standard board term from three years to five. She said it can take two years to really understand and get involved with district operations, and with a longer term, board members can get settled or, if they need to resign early, the replacement still has time to learn and play an active role.

Previously serving as an appointee, Wright said she held back a little, but as an elected board member, she said, she feels she represents the community and is ready to begin long-range planning.

“I have a whole different perspective of it now,” Wright said of the school board, having been a district student and parent herself. “I did not realize all the aspects of being on the board when it comes to curriculum, budgets, the amount of time and money it costs to run the district, and how really important it is to keep an eye on what’s going on at district office, where they’re doing a good job.”

Even something as simple as placing children on the bus each day is the result of extensive planning and practice runs.

Also near to her heart is the district mentoring program. In her own back yard, Wright is familiar with the Long Neck Elementary program, but she said she would like to see more children benefit and more community members to volunteer to mentor.

Wright said she is also excited to see a Spanish-language immersion class coming to East Millsboro in September, expanding after John M. Clayton Elementary’s successful first year of the program. The dual-language classroom operates in Spanish and English, each for half of the school day, so today’s kindergarteners could be fluent in a second language by fifth grade.