Appoquinimink's referendum has passed in the district's second attempt to raise local taxes to support district operations and operating costs.

Appo’s referendum successful after second attempt

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Take two — Appoquinimink School District‘s second stab at a referendum has passed. The district will raise about $77.8 million in local revenue: $11,126,000 for operating costs and $66,663,550 for capital costs. The average homeowner will see an increase of  $435 per year on their tax bill. The influx of …

Amy Trauth, a candidate for the Christina School District Board of Education, answered a series of questions on education topics during a public forum Monday night.

Christina candidate talks testing, guns, LGBTQ, books, more

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A series of get-to-know school board candidate forums kicked off Monday night with Christina School District, which has two people vying for one open seat. Hosted by a slew of education and social advocacy groups, the virtual forum is one of four throughout the next two weeks. Matt Cliford, one of the candidates, declined to participate, so the questions on …

The 3rd annual life skills olympics teachers a plethora of day-to-day skills for students with unique needs.

Life Skills Olympics help teach real world, practical crafts 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Feeding off the positive energy, flashing of cameras and fast-paced competition, Mia Rooks helped her team bring home a trophy in the third annual Life Skills Olympics. At the same time, the competition will help the 17-years-old with her transition plan of attending a four-year university to pursue a degree in social work. “It was an exciting energy, this is …

University of Delaware broke ground on its $150 million SABRE Center Monday morning.

UD breaks ground on $150M SABRE bio-pharma center

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The University of Delaware hopes that on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, a brand new $150 million building will lead to the next monumental biopharmaceutical innovation. “It was a near miracle that a global pandemic was unleashed on the world, shut down the global economy, took millions of lives, and yet the bio-industry identified, developed and delivered a …

Three Delaware schools were named Purple Star Schools this week. (Photo by jacoblund/iStock Getty Images)

Military student support earns 3 schools Purple Star status

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The same week the legislature moved forward with a bill giving military-connected students priority in school choice decisions, the state announced its Purple Star Schools.  Delaware’s Department of Education announced Thursday that First State Military Academy, along with Caesar Rodney School District’s Caesar Rodney High School and Dover Air Force Base Middle School, are the state’s 2024 Purple Star Schools. …

The state's 2024 secretary scholars were honored Tuesday night.

93 honored as 2024 Secretary of Education Scholars

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The head of Delaware’s Department of Education has named his 93 scholars for 2024. Secretary of Education Mark Holodick selected the students based on their continued academic achievement and involvement in the community.  “This represents one of the highest academic achievements a student can earn in a Delaware public school,” Holodick said at a dinner in Dover honoring the students …

The bill would make being connected to a military member a point of priority for Delaware students looking to choice into a school. (Photo by avid_creative/iStock Getty Images)

Military students could get priority in school choice

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Military families in Delaware could receive a scholastic perk in the world of school choice with a new bill that unanimously was voted for in the House Education Committee Wednesday afternoon. House Bill 354, sponsored by Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha, D-Wilmington, gives the dependent children of active military members, full-time Delaware National Guard members, and active duty members of a reserve …

Wednesday's webinar was meant to engage community members into learning and giving feedback about public education in Delaware.

First State Educate details problems, solutions to education

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

An organization aiming to reform education in Delaware hosted an informative webinar Wednesday that painted a picture of a poor return on investment, the importance of a successful education system, the need to engage with legislators and more. First State Educate’s chief strategy and operating officer Julia Keleher hosted the virtual meeting, which also tried to get the sense of …

Several groups have published voter guides and are holding public forums to inform voters ahead of the 2024 school board elections. (Photo by Maksim Kabakou / Adobe Stock)

School board voter guides include nominees’ positions, more

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

With this year’s school board elections less than a month away, several organizations have once again published voter guides to help those participating make an informed decision on the ballot.  This year’s election is rather light – with just 19 candidates campaigning across eight races. RELATED: 19 to compete for 8 seats in May 14 school board elections The guides …

Appoquinimink's second and last chance to pass this referendum is April 23. Photo of Appoquinimink High School.

Appo VP: ‘Ugly cuts,’ 45 kids in class if referendum fails 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

  NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect correct taxes on assessed homes. The vice president of Appoquinimink School District’s Board of Education warned the community that disaster will ensue if the district’s second attempt at a referendum fails this month.  “We have to cut 91 positions. That’s about 5% of our staff,” said Vice President Richard Forsten, who …