Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Christina School District Unveils Plans to Keep City Schools Open

The Christina School District earlier this year had proposed shutting city schools while building an expensive new suburban school. In response to a suit filed by parents, Chancery Court declared that the plan failed to meet the requirements of the Neighborhood Schools Act. As the News Journal reports, the school district has returned with a plan to make better use of its existing city schools.
The district previously argued that it had to close city schools because the growth of charter schools had drawn students away from district schools. Now the district has decided that better serving its city students might actually keep more of them in its classrooms. And in keeping with the Neighborhood Schools Act requirement for public consultation, the district has scheduled a series of public meetings on its plans:
Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. Bancroft School, 700 N. Lombard Street, Wilmington
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. Leasure Elementary School, 1015 Church Road, Newark
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. Newark High School, 750 East Delaware Avenue, Newark
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road, Newark
Saturday, October 6, 1:00 p.m. Bayard School, 200 S. DuPont Street, Wilmington
The district has presented two proposals: One requires a referendum; the second will be implemented if the referendum fails.

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