Red Clay board member pushes transparency for Wilmington Learning Collab.

 Red Clay board member questions Learning Collab’s transparency

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  A Red Clay Consolidated School District board member is pressing the new Wilmington Learning Collaborative to advertise meetings. Cathy Thompson, the former head of the board, asked Superintendent Dorrell Green to ensure that the newly-created board is as transparent as possible during their Nov. 16 meeting. The Learning Collaborative’s memorandum of understanding was signed Nov. 1 by members of …

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Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – November 3, 2022

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The Learning Collab needs to fill out the remaining seats of its governing council and conduct a needs assessment of each school. (Pexels)

Here’s what the Learning Collab will do to get started

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative already is forming the council that will govern it. Once the council is established, it will order a needs assessment, which will help the council decide where to put or share resources. Those are the starting tasks of the new education group that state, city and district officials hope will help raise learning and test scores …

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 Rutz Headlines, 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 …

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative will officially be created Tuesday. (Pexels)

Learning Collaborative agreement to be signed Tuesday

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

After five years of planning and months of school board debates, stakeholders will gather Tuesday to sign the agreement creating the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. The Learning Collaborative is a voluntary network of schools in Wilmington across three school districts: Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay. Its goal is to create city-wide consistency and improve outcomes for students in Wilmington schools. RELATED: …

All three districts have voted to create and join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.

3 for 3: Red Clay says yes to Learning Collab

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Red Clay Consolidated School District voted unanimously Wednesday night to create and join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. That makes them the third and final district to commit. Christina and Brandywine school boards already had agreed to sign the memorandum of understanding to create the agency.  Red Clay Board Member Adriana Bohm for weeks has called for the version of the …

Jose Matthews, left, has filed a complaint against Martin Wilson, accusing him of wrongfully serving constituents in a district he does not live in.

Red Clay board member accused of not living in district

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Jose Matthews, a member of the Red Clay School Board, is calling for fellow board member Martin Wilson to be removed.  In a complaint filed with the Public Integrity Commission Wednesday morning, Matthews alleges Wilson’s actions on the board are not only unethical, but unlawful. “I want people to know that some of the poorest and most devastating communities within …

The four district superintendents watch from the front row as Jon Cooper, director of student services at Colonial, announces the new wellness centers.

New Castle launches 4 elementary wellness centers

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Four New Castle County elementary schools are getting wellness centers that will offer medical, mental health and nutrition services to vulnerable students. Appoquinimink’s Louis L. Redding Middle School – which also serves Silver Lake Elementary – Christina’s Brookside, Colonial’s McCullough, and Red Clay’s Richardson Park elementary schools will receive $250,000 in funding for the next two years, for a total …

Brandywine School District becomes the second district to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.

Brandywine says yes to Wilmington Learning Collab

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Brandywine School District followed the leader and voted unanimously Monday night to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. The vote follows the Christina School District’s unanimous vote last week.  Next up, and last to vote, will be the Red Clay Consolidated School District when it meets Wednesday, Oct. 9,  at 7 p.m. That meeting can be livestreamed here. The Brandywine …

The fifth and final version of Wilmington Learning Collaborative's agreement between its members will have its first signature, as Christina School District approved the agreement Monday.

Here’s what changed in Learning Collab’s final agreement

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Changes in the final version of the agreement to create the Wilmington Learning Collaborative include giving schools hiring power, tasking site-based councils with curricula recommendations, and outlining requirements for individual membership. Those changes were designed to address concerns that board members of the participating districts – Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine – discussed over the past five months, delaying the …