School districts across Sussex County are now inviting candidates to file for the 2020 school board elections. The deadline to file as a candidate is Friday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m.

Four seats are up for election on the Indian River School District’s Board of Education.

There are two seats for District 1 (Georgetown and points north); one seat for District 2 (northern Millsboro, northwest Oak Orchard, Harbeson and Hardscrabble, and southern Georgetown; and one seat for District 4 (parts of Frankford, Dagsboro, Millville, Ocean View, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island).

The five-year terms will begin on July 1.

An eligible candidate must be: 18 or older; a U.S. citizen; a Delaware citizen; and a resident of the district in which they hope to serve. They cannot hold a paid position with the school district, although they could be a student or volunteer.

The seats up for election are currently held by James “Jim” Fritz (District 1), James “Jim” Hudson (District 1), Gerald “Jerry” Peden Jr. (District 2) and Charles Bireley (District 4).

The Indian River School District is split into five voting districts. District maps can be viewed online at

If there is a contested election, it would be held on Tuesday, May 12. Voter registration is not required for school elections. Absentee ballots are available.

Candidate filing forms can be obtained from, and must be returned to, the Department of Elections’ Sussex County Office, in person, by mail or via fax. The office is located at 119 N. Race Street, Georgetown. For more details, call (302) 856-5367 or visit

Election details will be posted online at

Staff Reporter

Laura Walter is an award-winning reporter on schools, environment, people and history. A graduate of Indian River High School and Washington College, she has rappelled off a building and assisted a magician, and encourages readers to act on local issues.