After two years in a school that wasn't their own, the Everett Meredith Middle School community has a place to call home.

Everett Meredith reopens after 2 years without a home

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Crusaders of Everett Meredith Middle School finally have a home to call their own. For the past two years, they’ve moved around as the Appoquinimink School District destroyed the original 1929 building and rebuilt it in the same location on Broad Street in Middletown. Wednesday at 6 p.m. officials will cut the ribbon to celebrate the school opening this …

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Appo votes to buy 25 buses for fall use

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Appoquinimink School District’s board voted unanimously this week to  invest $215,000 in up to 25 new buses by the fall. This will help serve 2,000 students for whom the district has not been able to provide busing. The idea of the district purchasing its own buses instead of relying only on companies that contract with the district to provide …

Appo's Transportation Committee voted to ask the district's school board for 11-25 new buses for next year.

Appo committee to ask school board to buy 25 buses

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Appoquinimink’s Transportation Committee voted Thursday to buy up to 25 new school buses for fall, as the district’s contractors struggle to find drivers for the 2,000 students who still need to be assigned to buses. Tom Poehlmann, the district’s director of Safety, Security and Operations, originally proposed buying 11 buses to the committee. On Thursday, he said the district needed …

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Appoquinimink: No plans to drop letter grades

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A flyer for an Appoquinimink School District professional development workshop left some people thinking that the district was ditching a grade-scale system for next year. They are not. “The workshop, originally titled, ‘Ungrading & Portfolio Lens Crash Course’ was an attempt at a catchy title that we now regret,” said Lilian Miles, Appoquinimink’s public information officer, in an email to …

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Appo, Caesar Rodney school board forums explore candidate views

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  The school board forums being held by a coalition of 10 education-related organizations continued Monday night with Appoquinimink and Caesar Rodney At Appo, Nichelle DeWitt and Shawn Rohe answered questions put to them by a moderator, but didn’t interact with each other, as planned by the forum organizers. At Caesar Rodney, only one candidate participated, Lorenzo Hopkins. The other …

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Meet school board candidates in 6 upcoming virtual forums

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Upcoming school board forums will allow community members to meet, question school board candidates. Photo by Element5 Digital.   Meet the candidates in 6 upcoming school board forums Delaware school board election forums kick off tomorrow, with six being held during the next two weeks so community members can meet their district’s candidates and hear their thoughts. With only 10% …

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Schools unlikely to lift mask mandate early, despite parent pleas

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney announced Monday that he would lift his indoor mask mandate Friday — except for schools, where masks are required until March 31. On Tuesday, parent Benjamin Kennedy asked the Appoquinimink School District Board to not wait and to get rid of masks in schools on Friday. The next night, parent Brandon Bushon asked the Red Clay …

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Three-tier bus system on Appo’s school board agenda Tuesday

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Appoquinimink system, parents are wrestling with proposed changes to allow elementary, middle and high schools to start at different times. As the Appoquininimink School District considers trying to solve its busing issues by opening schools at three different times each day rather than the current two, it’s facing a series of Catch-22 dilemmas. Each version of what-opens-when triggers a problem …

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Appo no-tax referendum passes with 97% in favor

Charles Megginson Education, Headlines

TOP: LOUIS L. REDDING SCHOOL IN 1952. BOTTOM: AN ARCHITECT’S RENDERING OF LOUIS L. REDDING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN 2026. Voters in Appoqunimink School District have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a referendum to renovate and expand the historic Louis L. Redding Middle School in Middletown. Unofficial results released Tuesday night showed that the measure passed by a vote of 2,992 …

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Delaware bus payment system, driver shortage complicate strike situation

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Bus driver pay is not governed by the state, but is set by individual companies. While the state of Delaware provides most of the money for school buses, it does not designate pay or benefit packages for drivers.  That’s left up to the transportation company that hires the drivers and means the Appoquinimink, Christina and VoTech schools hit by a …