LEWES, Del.- Cape Henlopen School District has developed a partnership with the Community Minority Liaison Committee, and on Wednesday night they held a Minority Liaison Community meeting to better serve students and staff from all backgrounds.

"One of the things we are very proud of is the fact that we have a true partnership. A partnership means that we put all personal things aside for the betterment of all children in this district. We think that over the last 24 months we have been able to bear some real fruit," said Cliffvon Howell, a member of the Community Minority Liaison Committee.

Jenny Nauman, assistant superintendent for Cape Henlopen School District says, "We want to increase our minority hiring, we want to decrease our disproportionality and discipline, and we really want to work on closing the achievement gap for all students."

The achievement gap is the disparity in academic performance between different groups of students. The district and the committee are working on closing the gap in Sussex County.

Nauman says every student is different so they're trying different approaches to address everyone's needs.

"We've gone door to door. Knocking on doors, meeting families, we've held nights where parents can come in learn about the schools, [and] a pre-summer book party. Those are the community type things."

THE DISTRICT AND COMMITTEE SAY THEY'LL REVIEW THE IDEAS BROUGHT UP TONIGHT, LIKE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS, AND COLLECT MORE DATA TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE STUDENTS.