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Christina school board puts Superintendent Shelton on leave

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Dan Shelton, voted Delaware’s Superintendent of the Year just two years ago, has been booted from Christina School District. In a meeting that started 40 minutes late Tuesday night, lasted about seven hours and wrapped up right before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, the board argued the night away and finally voted, 4-3, to put Shelton on administrative leave.  Legally, board …

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Dept. of Justice to monitor Christina SD Board for 1 year 

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Justice will monitor the meetings of Christina School District’s board of education for the next year.  Every year, the General Assembly creates a grants-in-aid bill, which outlines the state’s investments in  government agencies and nonprofits, like senior centers, veterans organizations and fire companies, for example. The bill appeared to be business-as-usual, but the penultimate section of …

Christina held its second community town hall of the school year Tuesday night.

Christina town hall: phones, bullying, dress code, SATs

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Entertainment

In the Christina School District’s second town hall this school year Tuesday night, the handful of  community members that showed up brought concerns of cell phone use, school bullying and test prep.  The goal of the meetings is to allow Christina residents to interact with the district’s board of education. It’s a unique arrangement because in monthly meetings, the board …

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While most think the financial responsibility training is a good requirement, some believe it doesn't go far enough.

Many happy with mandatory school board finance training bill

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

School board members, who are in large part responsible for the spending decisions of millions of dollars from school districts, could soon be required to undergo financial training. House Bill 312, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton and chair of the House Education Committee, which requires school board members to undergo training in financial responsibility.  Legislators in the Senate Education …

With the deadline to file to run for school board elections is two weeks away, current board members share the potential impact of successful candidates. (Photo by designbydx/Adobe Stock)

School board members: Newly elected can have swift impact

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

School board members in their first term say parents who hesitate to run for school board should know that new members can make a difference right away. Don Patton was one of the drivers of Christina School District establishing a fresh method of evaluation for Superintendent Dan Shelton to hold him accountable for the district goals he sets each year. …

The WLC has filled two director positions.

WLC hires 2, completes school assessments 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative has hired two directors and completed one element of school assessments needed to begin implementing programs to improve student outcomes. Laura Burgos, the executive director of the Wilmington Learning Collaborative, shared updates of recent work at the governing council’s monthly meeting Tuesday night. “I’m very excited to say that all nine of our WLC partner schools …

Christina School District plans on having one or two more town halls this year.

Christina school district holds first town hall in 2 years

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Christina School District held a community town hall Tuesday night to allow parents, district staff and students to ask questions and share concerns with the school board.  This was the first town hall the school board had held in two years. “We want to know the good things that are going on in the district, we want to know the …

Red Clay and Brandywine's school boards must approve the amendment for the planning period to be extended.

Christina first to OK extension of WLC planning period

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Christina School District’s board on Tuesday became the first to vote to extend the planning period for the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. Planning was supposed to have ended with the 2022-23 school year, but because it took a longer time than expected for the 15-person governing council to form, find an executive director and get school assessments moving, the board asked …

Wilmington Learning Collaborative officials discussed Friday the next steps for the equity-focused group. (Pexels)

Learning Collab council grapples with leader, meetings

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

In Friday’s first public meeting of the Wilmington Learning Collaborative’s board, members focused on ironing out the specifics on how the organization will move forward. Among the issues they tackled were selecting a temporary secretary to handle organization issues; setting meeting times; and forming committees to tackle the three main goals of the board. The collaborative is designed to improve …