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: …

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 …

A rendering of the new Bancroft School, which is expected to open its doors in fall 2024.

New Bancroft School under construction, may open fall ‘24 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The new $84 million Bancroft School, which will span across several blocks in Wilmington, may be open for students by fall 2024. By then, said George Wicks, supervisor of facilities and planning for the Christina School District, the new building should be standing and the old one torn down. The old school, which serves grades one through eight, was built …

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Learning Collab districts to meet; test scores for city schools

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Brandywine, Red Clay and Christina school districts will meet Aug. 30 with the Department of Education and the governor’s office to discuss joining the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. The announcement came at Brandywine’s school board meeting Monday, where the district once again delayed a vote on whether to join.  Board President John Skrobot III said that the date is tentative and …

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Christina delays Collaborative vote; DSU wants in 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Christina School District board on Tuesday night once more voted to delay a decision on whether or not to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.  There was little discussion, but a Delaware State University official did ask the board to include DSU as part of the collaborative. Rouser, who is DSU’s chair of education, gave a presentation to the board that …

Purzycki says city will put $50 million into residential redevelopment

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The city of Wilmington will pour $50 million into residential redevelopment, starting in the city’s historic east side. That will include a new state-funded, state-of-the-art Bancroft School with classes and programming for students in first through eighth grade, as well as new athletic fields and after-hours programming. The first $30 million of the city’s projects will be spent in an …

Wilmington redistricting ordinance passes unanimously

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Denis Tangney/Getty Images The Wilmington City Council on Thursday passed redistricting legislation that will define the city’s council districts for the next ten years. The redistricting process occurred later than usual because of delays in getting accurate census data from the federal government. Councilwoman Michelle Harlee, D-4th District, sponsored the ordinance. She thanked the workers who assisted the redistricting committee, …

Wilmington Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon resigns during meeting

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon/Photo Wilmington City Council Wilmington City Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon, a Democrat, resigned from office during Thursday’s council meeting. The at-large council member said she’d be taking time to focus on her community development consulting business, RD Innovative Planning, which she said is rapidly expanding within the United States and even internationally. Prior to her departure, Dixon served as …

Wilm. Fire Dept. to receive ‘largest parade the city has ever seen’ for 100th birthday

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

Organizers promise ‘the largest parade the city has ever seen.’ It’s the 100th anniversary of the Wilmington Fire Department and the city plans to celebrate their century of service with the largest parade the city has ever seen. The parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, will feature more than 20 bands — including the President’s United States Marine …

Wilmington to pay for 20 teens to take drone, virtual reality classes

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

The city of Wilmington will pay for 20 students to attend drone and virtual reality classes.   The City of Wilmington will pay for 20 teens to complete aerial drone and virtual reality training programs.  In coordination with Drone Workforce Solutions Drone School, 10 area teens will be selected to participate in a 16-week training course on the operation of …