Governor proposes $50 million school in Wilmington


Gov. John Carney announced plans for a $50 million school in Wilmington.

Carney will propose spending $50 million to fund a new school on the east side of Wilmington to replace The Bancroft School. It would be the first new school in the city in a generation.

Carney also is proposing major renovations to Stubbs Early Education Center and The Bayard School. The plans will be contained in his budget proposal to be released on Jan. 30.

“Children need to go to school every day in environments that are safe and conducive to learning. Since I was sworn in as Governor three years ago, we have built or renovated nearly 30 schools statewide. Wilmington students deserve no less,” said Carney. “We’ve heard loud and clear the concerns from families and educators about conditions in these buildings, and we are taking action. We look forward to working closely with Christina, and members of the community, to plan and build a state-of-the-art school to replace Bancroft, and to renovate Bayard and Stubbs. This is a major investment in the children of our city and state.”

Carney, legislators, and education advocates also toured the new Dual Generation Center at Stubbs school on Wednesday. The facility provides pre-K and kindergarten for Wilmington children on the first floor and services for adults – including job-related support and social services – on the second floor. The center also has a clothing closet and food pantry. At Elbert-Palmer Elementary, Gulftainer is working with the International Longshoremen’s Association to build a workforce training facility for future Port of Wilmington workers.

Last year, the General Assembly passed a three-year, $75 million Opportunity Funding initiative. For the first time in Delaware history, Opportunity Funding is providing targeted funding for low-income students and English learners, as well as additional mental health and reading assistance. To date, districts have hired more than 200 teachers, paraprofessionals, and behavioral health staff to support students and educators statewide.

“This is an exciting day for schools here in Wilmington and I want to commend Governor John Carney for taking important and long-needed steps to put real dollars towards the education of the students of our city,” said state Sen.Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, D-Wilmington.“Schools are more than brick and mortar. They are a beacon in a community, symbolizing our collective hope for a brighter future, and this investment stands as a testament that our state is engaging with our hopes for the students of Wilmington.”

“The governor’s commitment to education throughout the state and especially to the children of Wilmington tells us a lot about who he is and the priorities he has set for his Administration,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Our children need every possible advantage in order to succeed in school and in life. We look to our governor and General Assembly for leadership and thank them for providing it in this important arena.”

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