Christina School District

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The Christina School District got a year’s delay for three inner-city Wilmington facilities.

The state says the three Priority Schools can retain their principals and teachers.

Meanwhile, state leaders are still deal with the redistricting plan that would put the district schools into the Red Clay School District.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Christina School Board voted last night to keep the Bancroft and Stubbs elementary schools as well as the Bayard Middle School in its district for another year.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Christina School District has begun cutting costs to address a budget deficit after voters nixed a plan to raise property taxes to cover growing school costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the district is freezing hiring, cancelling travel for personnel and cutting school budgets. Principals are being asked to cut overtime, reduce contracted services and eliminate unfilled positions in which teachers get extra pay to serve as coaches or advisers.

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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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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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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.

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.



          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.


            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. 


            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.