The collaborative will use the 2023-2024 school year as a planning year.

Learning Collaborative establishes timeline of planning year

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative seems to have more focus and direction, with a timeline and five-phase approach to its 2023-2024 planning year unveiled this week. The collaborative’s Tuesday night meeting was the first led by its newly hired executive director, Laura Burgos. RELATED: WLC gets another planning year after Brandywine vote The collaborative is a state agency created in November …

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1st Latinos student summit to celebrate culture, voice

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

An upcoming Latinos Unidos Student Summit is designed to bring those students together to empower them and to celebrate their culture and student voice. The Saturday, Sept. 16 event, sponsored by the United Way of Delaware, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School in Newark. The summit is meant to prepare, train, re-fuel …

With Brandywine's vote, the WLC will have the 2023-2024 as a planning year, per the amendment.

WLC gets another planning year after Brandywine vote

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative’s governing council got its wish and will now have an additional planning year after the final vote to amend the signed memorandum of understanding was approved Monday night. The collaborative, made up of nine city of Wilmington elementary schools across Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine school districts, was waiting on Brandywine’s board to approve the 2023-2024 …

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 Rutz Headlines, 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 …

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 Rutz Headlines, 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 …

Saint Mark's esports center opened at the beginning of last school year.

Saint Mark’s inspiring careers in gaming with esports center

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Video games are no longer just a source of entertainment, but a multibillion dollar industry that is becoming increasingly ingrained in schools with some students clamoring to pursue a career in the field.  “Almost everyone in the world is connected to a video game somehow, on their mobile phone or on their console,” said Chris Ruffini, esports manager at Saint …

Laura Burgos has been selected to be the executive director of the WLC.

‘I’m ready to go’ says WLC’s first exec. director Burgos

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

It’s official: the Wilmington Learning Collaborative has finalized the contract for its executive director, Laura Burgos, who will sign sometime in the next few days. A special meeting was called for the agency’s governing council Thursday, and after about an hour of its members meeting executively in private, the group publicly announced it had agreed to hire Burgos, who said …

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School board members question value of state association 

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Some Delaware school district boards are questioning what they get from their membership in the Delaware School Boards Association. The cost of joining is not insignificant. In Caesar Rodney School District’s July board meeting, John Marinucci, former executive director of DSBA, said it would cost the district $10,500 per year to be part of the association, That includes a discount …

Laura Burgos and the WLC governing council are negotiating benefits and salary.

Contract delays to Learning Collab’s exec. director Burgos

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative still doesn’t have an executive director. Laura Burgos, who was tapped by the Collaborative’s governing council to take over, has yet to sign her contract, the council was told Tuesday night. That detail was a bit surprising because in Brandywine’s school board meeting Monday, council chair the Rev. Shanika Perry – who’s also a Brandywine board …

Red Clay, Wilm U partner for program to create more teachers

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Red Clay Consolidated School District is joining forces with Wilmington University to combat the ongoing teacher shortage. District superintendent Dorrell Green told the board an exclusive partnership with Wilm U will create alternate paths for Red Clay workers to get their teacher certification.  The program will start this fall.  “As we know, again, the teacher and educator shortage tends to …