5 districts see hefty increase in voter turnout for school board election 

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  Five school districts had huge increases in voter turnout in Tuesday’s school board elections, with some doubling or tripling their vote count from last year’s election. At the same time, seven districts with contested races actually saw a decrease in voter participation since last year. Many observers hoped to see the statewide forums and increased interest in what’s happening …

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Bryan Allen Stevenson charter wins state OK; will open in 2023

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Howard T. Ennis school will be home to the Bryan Allen Stevenson School for Excellence in fall 2023.   After a few organizational hiccups, a new Sussex County charter school will be opening its doors in fall 2023. The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence, first proposed in 2017, received state approval on May 5, and it’s already garnered a …

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Bucher wins Milford School Board Election

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by Terry Rogers     Matt Bucher was announced the winner of an open seat on Milford School District Board of Education The Department of Elections has announced that Matt Bucher has unofficially won the At-Large seat on Milford School District Board of Education. Bucher received 1217 votes (66.83 percent) compared to their challenger, Jalyn Powell, who received 604 votes …

School board elections open to voters Tuesday

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  After weeks of candidates campaigning, Delaware’s 38 school board candidates face the voters Tuesday, May 10. Polls open on May 10 at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. While school board elections typically draw only 10% of the available voters, many Delaware organizations are hoping for a higher turnout this year. Jane Brady, chairwoman of the Delaware State …

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Only 1 Milford candidate takes part in online forum

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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

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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% …

Conservatives marshal forces as school board elections near

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Republicans are going all in this year to support their candidates for school board elections that take place in three weeks.  The Delaware State Republican Party is sponsoring a “Super Saturday Day of Action” Saturday to encourage volunteers to meet candidates and help them campaign The right-wing Patriots of Delaware this week sent out an email saying “it’s time to …

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Contentious right-to-know school bill likely to fail in committee

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  A bill that would require schools to publish information about what’s being taught and what materials are being used sparked a lively debate in committee. Photo by Unsplash.   For a hot second, it looked like a bill that would require schools to tell the public exactly what materials are being used for teaching, among other things, was going …

Board reviews proposed tobacco and vaping policy

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by Terry Rogers     MSD is revising their policy on tobacco and vaping (Photo courtesy of Unsplash) At a recent meeting, Milford Board of Education added penalties to the district’s policy for students who are caught with tobacco and vaping products. Vice-President Rony Baltazar-Lopez realized that there was no policy specifically prohibiting such products in schools and drafted one …

Policy changes to MSD communication discussed

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by Terry Rogers     Milford School District Milford School District Board of Education is updating its Communication with the Public policy as well as the Communication with the Public:  News Releases. The communication policy had been in place since 2009 while the news release policy was last updated in 1982. “We tried to condense it some also, obviously realizing …