Christina School District

Local News
9:27 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Property Tax Hike: No in Christina, Yes in Red Clay

Credit Don Rush

There will be no property tax hike for those living in the Christina school district.

Voters turned down two proposals by as much as 4-thousand votes out of over 6-thousand cast.

The first plan would have raised taxes by 65 cent per $100 of assessed property value .which would have covered the district’s growing costs and staved off budget cuts.

The second would have raised taxes by $1.05 for $100 of assessed property value which would have paid for a boost to gifted and talented programs as well as summer school and extended days.

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8:01 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Delay in Plans to Improve Schools by Christina Board of Education

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
Credit official photo

There has been a delay by the Christina School Board in its final decision on its three priorities.

Last night the school board said it wanted to allow the communities to have time to study a new compromise plan that is the result of discussions between the district and state officials.

The delay means that the months-long debate will continue on the board between those who want to compromise with the state and those who want to make a stand.

At issue is how best to turn around the schools that serve some of worst neighborhoods in Wilmington.

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9:56 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Racial Discipline Disparity Gets Hearing In Christina School District

Credit Don Rush

This week found Christina Superintendent Freeman Williams defending the school district’s efforts to address an investigation that found black students were being disciplined more often and more harshly than white students in similar circumstances.

The investigation by the US Department of Education looked at three years beginning in 2008.

Superintendent Williams told a public meeting Wednesday that the district is confident it will be able to resolve man of the issues that have been identified.

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9:57 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Christina School District Could Lose $2.3 Million in State Aid

Christina School District President Tom Polaski

The Department of Education has threatened to deny $2.3 million next year to the Christina School District.

It involves a disagreement over plans to improve the District’s struggling schools.

In a letter sent yesterday the Department said the district had declined to take part in the statewide bonus program meant to reward top-performing teachers at high needs schools and failed to come up with an approved alternative.

The district contends says it never committed to participating in the program and that the district has a solution.

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8:35 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Layoff Notices Sent Out To Be Sent Out by Christina School District



          More than a dozen elementary school teachers are expected to get layoff notices from the Christina School District as a result of the staffing changes at Bancroft Elementary School.

            It was a close 4-to-3 vote by the Board of Education.

            Board member Elizabeth Scheinberg, who opposed the decision, said she was concerned that the district will struggle to find qualified candidates to fill open positions at Bancroft.

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11:14 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Newark Charter School Expansion Recommended by Top Delaware Educator


            Delaware Education Secretary Lillian Lowery is recommending approval to expand the Newark Charter School to become the state’s first K-thourgh-12 charter school

            But in her recommendation to the Board of Education she also required the school to reach out to poor and minority students as well as to offer free and reduced-price lunches to low-income students beginning in the fall of this year. 

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8:55 am
Wed February 15, 2012

New Superintendent Heads Christina School District


            Delaware’s largest school district is getting a new superintendent.

            Longtime Delaware educator and district employee Freeman Williams has been named to head the Christina School District.

            His appointment follows the departure of Marcia Lyles, who told the board last December…she did not want to renew her contract.

            Williams began as a social studies teacher in 1975 at a middle school near Newark and worked his way up to acting superintendent for Christina and Appoquinimink school districts.