Bradley Layfield

Layfield hearing: Employees say he was jovial showing video

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

GEORGETOWN — Ousted Sussex Central High School Principal ’s hearing Thursday to clear his name stretched into the mid-afternoon as  person after person testified he seemed jovial at showing a video of a school fight in which a student’s breast was exposed. Layfield was fired by the Indian River School District after being accused of circulating the video of the …

Newark Charter held its senior sunrise Monday in the school's new stadium.

Sun doesn’t show, but seniors do at Newark Charter tradition 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The seniors of Newark Charter School took advantage of their new stadium Monday to mark the first day of school with a sunrise gathering that felt more like a day at the boardwalk than the start of school. The school tradition included a waffle truck, backyard games, music and a T-shirt giveaway. Starting with the school’s first senior class in …

testing

Want to better understand child’s testing scores? Here’s help

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

If you are a parent of a school-aged child and worried about your child’s test results, make an appointment with your principal to discuss them. Don’t contact the child’s teacher or school counselor, said Theresa Bennett, director of the Delaware Department of Education’s Office of Assessment. “Each school is different in how they handle you know parent concerns,” she said. “Sometimes …

Parents should begin starting to get their children into back-to-school routines.

Tips for parents to get children ready to return to school 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Most of the 19 school districts in the First State kick off their academic year the week of August 28, and there’s several ways families can ensure their children have a smooth transition back to the classroom. “Parents should slowly start to wean their kids back to go to bed earlier so they wake up early,” said Bridget Amory, superintendent …

2023 School board election results.

2023 Delaware school board election results

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The preliminary results for the 2023 Delaware school board elections are in, and here are the winners: New Castle County Appoquinimink School District – Tashiba Graham (4.45% voter turnout) Christina School District – Douglas Manly, Y.F. Lou (2.95% voter turnout) Red Clay Consolidated School District – Jose Matthews, Aje English-Wynn (4.37% voter turnout) Kent County Caesar Rodney School District – …

newark police school threat.

Delaware State Police investigating anonymous threats to schools

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

  Delaware police and schools apparently are among the targets of nationwide calls of false active shooters at the schools. Delaware State Police issued a statement later in the afternoon that said the calls have been determined to be a hoax and a form of “swatting.” Swatting occurs when a prank call is made to emergency services in an attempt …

Reading score discovery at Colonial

Colonial surprise: Reading scores higher after COVID

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

Colonial School District Superintendent Jeffrey D. Menzer unearthed a surprising fact while he was devising a method to track the effectiveness of a new focus on student reading skills and scores. The 2022 eighth graders who had been at Colonial schools since second grade scored higher on reading proficiency tests than those in eighth grade in 2019, Menzer told the …

Wilmington Learning Collaborative

School boards lay out worries, support for Learning Collaborative

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

    A joint meeting Tuesday of the Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay school districts about the Wilmington Learning Collaborative featured a lively discussion, but still no vote. The 21 board members were joined by Gov. John Carney, Education Secretary Mark Holodick and other key education officials. While no one outright opposed the learning collaborative, some expressed concern about the …

Caesar Rodney summer reading program

Caesar Rodney debuts ‘100-minute’ reading challenge

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

  The Riders of Caesar Rodney School District have saddled up to corral a higher number of summer reading minutes. And in doing so, the students just might lasso some of the hundreds of dollars worth of prizes as a reward.  Until Friday July 22, kindergarten to grade 12 students in any of Caesar Rodney’s 13 schools can participate in …

Appoquinimink School District buses

Appo votes to buy 25 buses for fall use

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

  Appoquinimink School District’s board voted unanimously this week to  invest $215,000 in up to 25 new buses by the fall. This will help serve 2,000 students for whom the district has not been able to provide busing. The idea of the district purchasing its own buses instead of relying only on companies that contract with the district to provide …