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 on 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 …

Unofficial results show that Appoquinimink School District's referendum failed.

Appo referendum fails, preliminary voting results show

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

In a narrow outcome, the residents of Appoquinimink School District voted against all three questions on the ballot of Tuesday’s referendum, which would have raised taxes $435 per year for the average homeowner if successful. “Obviously there is a lot of disappointment in the room tonight,” said Appo Superintendent Matt Burrows in a statement after the preliminary results were made …

HB 125 would give all students free breakfast and lunch.

Moore hawks bill to give all students free breakfast, lunch

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Rep. Sherae’a Moore, D-Middletown, pushed her bill to give all Delaware students free breakfast and lunch during a roundtable discussion Wednesday evening. The roundtable at Everett Meredith Middle School included administrators, medical professionals, teachers, school nutritionists and other stakeholders who would like to see universal free breakfast and lunch. Several members of the table said that hunger affects students, both …

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

Betsy PriceEducation, 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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Delaware bus payment system, driver shortage complicate strike situation

Betsy PriceEducation, 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 …

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Appo superintendent: Hiccups in strike plan, but we have a lot of heroes

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

In order to kids to make all their classes during a bus strike, some are having to arrive before buildings open and stay hours later.   By the end of the school day Thursday as the Appoquinimink system coped with the first day of a school bus driver strike, Superintendent Matt Burrows said the situation wasn’t ideal, but that the …