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Delaware Met Leaders: School is Open with Clear Plan for Success

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The following statement is by the Delaware Met School Board of Directors Executive Committee: Nash Childs, Board Chair; Ryan Harrington, Vice-Chair; Andy Podolsky, Treasurer; and Adriane Anderson Strange, Secretary.

Opening a school is an exciting and challenging time. There are very few times in the life cycle of a school when it is so fragile. The Delaware Met is no exception to this excitement or these challenges. Our “Big Picture” educational model is student focused and requires a high level of student involvement. Small disruptions have the ability to cause major concerns.

After the excitement of our recent Ribbon Cutting, we found ourselves in the midst of a challenge. It became clear to our board that, as our school leader transitioned to maternity leave, we needed to take the time to reassess structures and processes in the school that would maintain the positive culture and climate required for student success. With the blessing of the Department of Education, we chose to give our teachers professional development time last week to assess these needs and make adjustment.

As this process was unfolding, we contacted families and let them know how excited we were to see their children on Monday. At the same time, we began to be made aware of whispers in our community and beyond that the school had already chosen to close. To answer these rumors, it was important for the Board to hold a special meeting. There, we could address the matter of the school’s culture alongside the new financial outlook for the remainder of the school year in a public setting.

We are excited that these questions were addressed appropriately and with rigor during our board meeting. We are confident in the plans laid out to us by our interim school leadership and staff and are even more confident in our financial viability. Like any school, we will certainly encounter more challenges as we continue our journey to achieve new pathways for our students to learn, but we are looking forward to solving them and to continue growing. It takes a community to build a school and so we hope that you will join us on our journey. Our students deserve our shared commitment.

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