Red Clay and Colonial school districts were the biggest funding beneficiaries of this year's certificate of necessity approvals.

Colonial, Red Clay biggest winners in state funding requests

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The state Department of Education has made some school districts very happy by deeming their requests for state funding necessary to fulfill building projects. For fiscal year 2025, the Department of Education approved 50 certificate of necessity requests, 44 of which involved state funding. They were concentrated in six districts. Districts submit certificates of necessity each year to the department, …

This is the first time the Department of Education has approved a certificate of necessity for Red Clay in more than a decade.

Red Clay sets 2024 referendum to match state capital funds

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

For the first time in more than a decade, the state has approved a certificate of necessity request by the Red Clay Consolidated School District, opening the door for $289 million in funding for capital projects. The projects will affect 29 schools in Red Clay, one of the largest districts in the state.  Red Clay will now hold a referendum …

The district is hoping to renovate Hodgson High if they receive the needed funding.

NCCVT seeks $11.3 million for Hodgson High projects

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

New Castle County Vocational Technical School District is seeking $11,346,774.30 over the next two years to put towards one of the district’s four schools. In the district’s board meeting Monday night, two certificates of necessity were approved for submission for Hodgson Vocational Technical High School. Certificates of necessity are funding requests by districts, usually for capital projects and deferred maintenance …

Red Clay hasn't had a certificate of necessity approved by the state in over a decade.

Red Clay again to seek $289M from state for capital projects

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Red Clay Consolidated School District will once again ask the Department of Education for $289 million for maintenance and programs. The district has not been successful in having its request, called a certificate of necessity, filled for the past 11 years. In its board meeting Wednesday night, Superintendent Dorrell Green recommended asking for $289 million, and the board voted to …

A proposed law creates apprenticeship programs to encourage more Delawareans to become teachers.

Apprenticeship programs law aims to combat teacher shortage

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The most recent plan to attract teachers to Delaware schools was applauded in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday. House Bill 138, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton and chair of the House Education Committee, addresses the ongoing national teacher shortage. The legislation establishes a new tool to recruit and retain educators through an apprenticeship pilot program.  This model will build …

A. I. Du Pont Middle School, which was built in 1894, is the districts oldest building. (Red Clay Consolidated School District)

State rejects Red Clay’s $265 million request

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Delaware’s Department of Education has denied Red Clay Consolidated School District’s request for $265 million to address maintenance costs and improvement needs in 27 buildings.  “With anticipated available funding, the focus of the public education capital budget for Fiscal Year 2024 is funding previously authorized projects, including market pressure funding for increased construction costs and statewide minor capital improvements and …

A. I. Du Pont Middle School, built in 1894, is the oldest building in Red Clay.

Red Clay seeks $265 million from state for building repair

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Red Clay Consolidated School District is waiting to hear whether the state will fund a request for $265 million to address maintenance costs and improvement needs in 27 buildings.  The district’s school board unanimously voted in its August meeting to submit a certificate of necessity to the Department of Education.  “This certificate of necessity is absolutely needed in our district,” …