The Wilmington Learning Collaborative will have to wait until next month for Christina School District to select its parent representative to serve on the group’s governing council.
In its monthly board meeting Tuesday, Christina’s school board announced it is still reviewing applications from four parents vying for the seat.
“We have not had the number of applicants that we would have hoped for,” said Superintendent Dan Shelton.
The collaborative, which was officially created Nov. 1, includes nine schools from Christina, Brandywine and Red Clay school districts.
The collaborative aims to improve educational outcomes for inner-city children and families.
Brandywine selected its parent representative, Starr Wilson, during its board meeting Monday.
But Brandywine only had one applicant, Shelton said, opposed to Christina’s four.
The district will interview the applicants in the coming weeks, Shelton said.
Christina’s board is waiting on two of the four applicants to finish turning in their materials, according to board member Naveed Baqir. That delayed the process.
That means the 12-person Learning Collaborative governing council still has five open seats.
Here’s a look at the Learning Collab’s council so far:
- Christina superintendent: Dan Shelton
- Brandywine superintendent: Lincoln Hohler
- Red Clay superintendent: Dorrell Green
- Christina city school board member: Alethea Smith-Tucker
- Brandywine city school board member: Shanika Perry
- Red Clay city school board member: Adriana Bohm
- Brandywine parent representative: Starr Wilson
- Christina parent representative: TBD
- Red Clay parent representative: TBD
- High school senior representative: TBD
- Former city educator, appointed by Education Secretary Mark Holodick: TBD
- City of Wilmington representative, appointed by the city council: TBD
Christina recently began reviewing the applications for its student representative.
Red Clay’s is expected to give an update on its progress selecting a parent representative at its next meeting on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
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Also at the meeting, Christina agreed to hold a workshop in January to further discuss the superintendent evaluation model for Dan Shelton that the board has already adopted.
The model is a more thorough evaluation process created by Cape Henlopen School Board Chair Alison Myers as part of a doctoral dissertation.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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