Milford's dress code policy has been a topic of conversation for months.

The school dress code: Still a hot topic in Milford 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Some Milford School District parents and students showed up to the district’s board meeting this week to once again express dismay about the student dress code policy.  “My biggest concern is that I feel we are addressing and making our dress code policy bigger than our academic policy and bigger than behavioral policies and that just should not be,” said …

Milford students went back to school Tuesday.

Milford students return for first day of 2023-24 year

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

As first-day photos across social media attested Wednesday, Milford School District’s 4,500 students were among those who returned to the classroom. “This is an incredibly exciting time of year for us as we eagerly welcome our students back to our school buildings,” said Superintendent Bridget Amory. “Our mission remains to provide all learners a comprehensive, individualized education in a safe, …

Milford last changed their dress code policy in 2021.

Milford parents petition to loosen dress code

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A group of nearly 200 people want to ban uniforms in the Milford School District, saying they are an unnecessary and burdensome expense. There’s one catch: The system doesn’t have uniforms. It does, however, have a dress code that specifically describes what children are and are not allowed to wear. “Now is the time to band together and sign the …

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 …

Milford's school board revised its code of conduct Monday, deleting restorative practices from the text.

Milford board scraps restorative practices from code

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

In opposition to the wishes of some residents, the Milford School District’s board voted Monday night to strike restorative practices from its student code of conduct.  Restorative practice is a method that aims to build and strengthen community relationships.  Instead of focusing on solely disciplining a child for their behavior, restorative practices aim to improve their behavior and evaluate the …

Teacher absenteeism is affecting different districts in unique ways.

Teacher absenteeism calls for staff flexibility, strategies

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A human resources director for the largest school district in Sussex County shocked a House Education Committee hearing in April when she told them about 300 of its 1,000 educators are off on any given school day. About 800 of those educators are teachers, and their absenteeism rains down problems for the district, said Celeste Bunting, director of human resources …

Milford's school taxes are going down .6% for next year.

Milford votes to decrease taxes for next year

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Residents of the Milford School District are officially getting a tax decrease for the seventh straight year. After the district’s chief financial officer Sara Hale presented the tax proposal for the 2023-24 school year at the school board’s June meeting (to much applause and gratitude from members), the board voted unanimously Monday night to approve next year’s tax rate.  “Since …

Milford Schools propose tax decrease for 7th straight year

Jarek Rutz

Residents in the Milford School District could have yet another tax decrease next year, which would be the seventh straight year the district has approved a decrease. Sara Hale, chief operating officer of the district, presented school tax rate data to the district’s school board Monday reflecting a tax decrease of .6% for next year. Most notably, the district is …

Danielle Deinert was the solo participant in the forum Wednesday. 

Milford’s Deinert against banning books, for LGBTQ+ support

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Danielle Deinert, a candidate for Milford School District’s board, fielded questions on key education issues like LGBTQ+ rights, critical race theory and school safety in a forum Wednesday night.  Milford’s forum is one of six hosted by First State Action Fund, a local group aiming to reinvent education in Delaware. The series is intended to help voters understand candidate’s positions …

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

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

Jarek RutzHeadlines, 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 …