Ashley Lockwood and her students, joined by Sen. Tom Carper.

Meet Ashley Lockwood, Delaware’s 2023 Teacher of the Year

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s teacher of the year didn’t set out to be an educator. Ashley Lockwood chose to earn a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Delaware in 2010. She planned to focus on how children interact with each other and develop. After graduation, she returned home to Seaford without a job and was trying to decide what her …

The state's equalization formula has been frozen since 2009.

State grapples over freeze on equalization formula

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s Equalization Committee has agreed to not make any decisions on whether to freeze or change the state’s equalization formula, which affects school funding, until next year. The purpose of the equalization formula is to allocate state resources to districts inversely based on their ability to raise revenues through their local property tax base.  “It’s to try to help those …

Milford’s Ashley Lockwood has been named Delaware's 2023 teacher of year.

Milford’s Ashley Lockwood named 2023 teacher of year

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Ashley Lockwood, a fifth-grade teacher at Lulu Ross Elementary in Milford School District, has been named the 2023 Delaware Teacher of the Year.   “Teaching children has been one of the greatest blessings and gifts that God has ever given me, and for that, I will be forever grateful,” Lockwood said during the award ceremony Tuesday night. “Thank you to my …

Only 1 Milford candidate takes part in online forum

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

School board elections are May 10 across the state of Delaware.   Jalyn Powell, running for Milford School District’s at-large seat, said Thursday night that board members should be open-minded, all students should be seen as gifted, critical race theory is not an issue, charter schools and choice are good, and that ethnicity of school workers should reflect the community. …

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% …

Monday snow expected to hit downstate harder than up

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

In what might be 2022’s first understatement, the National Weather Service announced Sunday morning there had been “a large change” in the forecast overnight. According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm on Monday is expected to drop 1 to 2 inches of snow in upper New Castle County, 3 to 4 inches from Bear to Smyrna, 4 to …

Milford School District referendum passes; historic site will be saved

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

A voter enters the polling place to vote in the 2021 Milford School District referendum. Students will once again walk the halls of the historic Milford Middle School thanks to local residents voting overwhelmingly in favor of the school district’s referendum.  The referendum passed with 1,398 (67%) voting in favor of the measure and just 695 (33%) against. The building …

State to mandate masks in all schools, state facilities; more rules to come

Charlie Megginson Education, Government, Government & Politics, Headlines, Health

Gov. John Carney said Tuesday that masks must be worn by those over the age of 2 in all public, private and parochial schools, as well as childcare homes and centers. Carney also said state employees and visitors to state facilities must wear masks indoors beginning Monday, Aug.  16. This requirement applies to everybody, regardless of their vaccination status.  The …

Milford Schools seek referendum to redo historic middle school

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

  Milford Middle School will be renovated to 21srt century standards for fourth and fifth graders, if an October referendum passes.   The Milford School District announced at a sparsely attended Board of Education meeting Monday that it would be seeking a referendum on the question of increasing property taxes to finance the revitalization and expansion of a historic school …