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Appo, Caesar Rodney school board forums explore candidate views

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  The school board forums being held by a coalition of 10 education-related organizations continued Monday night with Appoquinimink and Caesar Rodney At Appo, Nichelle DeWitt and Shawn Rohe answered questions put to them by a moderator, but didn’t interact with each other, as planned by the forum organizers. At Caesar Rodney, only one candidate participated, Lorenzo Hopkins. The other …

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Meet school board candidates in 6 upcoming virtual forums

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Upcoming school board forums will allow community members to meet, question school board candidates. Photo by Element5 Digital.   Meet the candidates in 6 upcoming school board forums Delaware school board election forums kick off tomorrow, with six being held during the next two weeks so community members can meet their district’s candidates and hear their thoughts. With only 10% …

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Schools unlikely to lift mask mandate early, despite parent pleas

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney announced Monday that he would lift his indoor mask mandate Friday — except for schools, where masks are required until March 31. On Tuesday, parent Benjamin Kennedy asked the Appoquinimink School District Board to not wait and to get rid of masks in schools on Friday. The next night, parent Brandon Bushon asked the Red Clay …

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

Betsy Price Education, 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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Appo no-tax referendum passes with 97% in favor

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

TOP: LOUIS L. REDDING SCHOOL IN 1952. BOTTOM: AN ARCHITECT’S RENDERING OF LOUIS L. REDDING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN 2026. Voters in Appoqunimink School District have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a referendum to renovate and expand the historic Louis L. Redding Middle School in Middletown. Unofficial results released Tuesday night showed that the measure passed by a vote of 2,992 …

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Delaware bus payment system, driver shortage complicate strike situation

Betsy Price Education, 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 Price Education, 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 …

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Appo, Christina families cope with bus strike; VoTech schools go virtual

Betsy Price Entertainment, Headlines

Local 326 bus drivers went strike Thursday, affecting Appoquinimink, New Castle County VoTech and Christiana districts.   Appoquinimink Schools were working Thursday morning to get all their students into classes after some bus drivers went on strike. Appo schools planned to stay open, although spokeswoman Lillian Miles said that  New Castle County Vo-Tech high schools had chosen to go to …

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Appo parents told bus drivers may strike as early as Thursday

Betsy Price Headlines

Appoquinimink has told parents it expects some bus drivers to be on strike Thursday.   Appoquinimink School District parents were told Wednesday evening that bus drivers had voted down a contract offer and may strike as early as Thursday. The system is now preparing for a strike, which will mean disruptions in bus routes and delays getting students to and …

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Even with cash in hand, Appo needs voter OK to update aging school

Charlie Megginson Headlines

Top: Louis L. Redding School in 1952. Bottom: An architect’s rendering of Louis L. Redding Middle School in 2026.     Appoquinimink School District will hold a referendum on Dec. 14 during which voters will be asked to authorize the renovation and expansion of the historic Louis L. Redding Middle School in Middletown.  The referendum is unusual in that a …