Christina board, state reach understanding on reducing number of city schools

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The Christina School District board approved a memorandum of understanding that would reduce its roster of schools in the City of Wilmington.

WDEL reported the number of schools will decrease from five to two.

“Thank you to the members of the Christina Board for their important vote tonight on this MOU,” stated Gov. John Carney. “This is just a first step, but it’s an important first step. For the past several months, we have worked in partnership with Christina School District leaders, the board, and Christina Education Association on a plan to invest new resources in these schools, and give students in the City of Wilmington a greater chance to succeed. Now the hard work begins to put this plan into action.”

Carney continued, “We are committed to working with Christina educators, district leaders, students and families to implement this agreement in a way that truly improves outcomes for children in Christina’s city schools. We are in this for the long haul, and look forward to our continued work together.”

The sprawling district, which extends from the Maryland line into Wilmington, has been under the microscope in efforts to improve schools in the city.

Initial plans called for the district to no longer operate schools in the city.

As part of a desegregation order that was lifted several years ago, Christina, Brandywine, Colonial and Red Clay districts have a presence in and around the city.

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