Welcome to the Colonial School District located in New Castle, Delaware. Colonial is a grades K to 12 public school district. The district vision is Every Student College and Career Ready. By the time your child graduates from the Colonial School District, he or she will have the competitive edge over other Delaware high school students to enroll in post secondary institutions, obtain scholarships, and have licensed certificates to apply for a variety of jobs and careers throughout Delaware and the nation.
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**Please check the Calendar for Elementary School Spring Concert Dates. The dates have been changed from April to May.
Superintendent Search Update
The Colonial School District Board of Education encourages all stakeholders to participate in an on-line survey as part of our superintendent search process. Please click here to complete the survey. The survey will remain open until Monday, April 21st. Thank you for your time and interest!
Superintendent Search – Stakeholder Committee
Dr. Dorothy Linn, Superintendent of Schools for Colonial School District announced her retirement, effective June 2014. Dr. Linn has served our district with distinction, and we are grateful to her for the significant accomplishments during her tenure in our community.
The Board of Education will be looking for a new superintendent who will again serve our district. Our school board has contracted with The Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware to assist in finding a new superintendent. Dr. James Flynn will serve as our advisor to assist us with this search.
Dr. Flynn will conduct focus groups with staff and the community to determine the desired profile for our next superintendent. An online survey will also be available for our community. Those dates and times will be made available shortly.
A stakeholder group is also being developed to assist with several functions, including assisting Dr. Flynn with the focus group meetings. If you would like to be considered for the stakeholder group, please submit a letter of interest by Monday, March 24, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. to Rosemary Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have previously submitted a letter of interest to the Superintendent’s Office it is not necessary to send another. The school board will be meeting in an Executive Session meeting on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to review the letters of interest for the stakeholder group.
The Board of Education looks forward to your assistance with this very important community undertaking.
Please check the Colonial Web Site and our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
A letter from our Superintendent:
February 11, 2014
To Parents, Student and Community Members:
With very mixed emotions, I am writing this letter to inform you of my intent to retire from the Colonial School District, effective June 30, 2014. I have had the privilege of working within Colonial for the past 26 years and consider the district part of my family. I am very proud of the work that has been done within Colonial and know the positive changes that have been implemented over the years will continue in the future.
I look forward to spending more time with my family-especially the grandchildren - and having the ability to travel. I am eternally grateful for the experiences and opportunities I have had within Colonial and will carry Colonial in my heart always.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead this district!
Dorothy A. Linn, Ed.D.
Dear Colonial Families:
As everyone is well aware, we have had a very rough winter so far, with Colonial missing 6 days of schools due to snow/icy weather. By state law, students must attend school 1060 hours per year. Within our current calendar, 2 snow days are built in through number of minutes per day the students attend school.
In order to address the additional number of days our students would need to attend due to the snow, I am adding 10 minutes to our school day, beginning Monday, February 10, 2014. The additional time will be 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at the end of the day. The additional minutes will earn 2 more student days, resulting in 4 student days built into the calendar and no need for students to attend those 4 days at the end of the school year.
The remaining 2 snow days are days that limited state of emergencies were in place. The district will be requesting from the State Board of Education forgiveness for those days but will not know the answer till March or April. If the days are not forgiven, or, if we have additional snow days this year, those days will be added to the end of the school year calendar.
Click here to see the amended start and end times for the Colonial schools, beginning Monday, February 10, 2014. Please note the new start times so your child can be on time and not considered late. School bus schedules have been adjusted to pick up students 5 minutes earlier and will be taking students home in the afternoons 5 minutes later.
Currently our last student day is Tuesday, June 10, 2014. I will keep everyone posted as to the status of whether or that date will remain or if we have to add days to the calendar. As I am sure you all are feeling as I am- no more snow and bring on spring!!
Dorothy A Linn Ed.D
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Summer Program Survey
In addition to Colonial's traditional Summer Enrichment Programs, we are planning to hold a variety of one or two week summer camps at William Penn High School. We are looking for parent/student interest in determining some of the programming information.
The cost of the camp would be $50 per week per camper (Monday through Thursday), would be approximately 3 hours long and transportation would not be provided. Please click here to complete the Parent Summer Program Survey.
A letter from our Superintendent:
January 2, 2014
Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy 2014!
Approximately 3 years ago, many community members were a very important part of the Colonial School District’s Strategic Planning process. Their valuable contributions were the basis for the direction of our district. We have made great progress, but it is now time for us to provide the entire community with an update of our efforts and to discuss with you our plans for the 4th year. Therefore, I invite you to a Town Hall Meeting to discuss Colonial – Moving to the Next Level! This discussion will take place on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at George Read Middle School, 314 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720.
Please come prepared to “think out of the box” and to provide some more of your powerful input that will allow Colonial to continue to strive for excellence for our students and staff.
Inaccurate/false statements have recently been posted through various modes of social media regarding Colonial staff. The statements are false and the district is dealing with the issue. The district will be hosting an informational evening- Social Media-What it Is and How It Affects Your Child’s Education on January 29, 2014, 7:00-8:30pm at William Penn High School. Please plan to attend this important informational meeting to understand the nature of social media and the relationship with education.
As you all know, we are experiencing early difficult winter weather. The process for decision-making for the closing of schools involve the New Castle County superintendents conferencing on a joint decision. As soon as the decision is made, we make all efforts to get the info out to the public through FaceBook, the Colonial website, DDOE website, local TV stations and ALERT NOW phone calls. If we are able to make a decision the night before a storm, the information will be posted immediately on Facebook.
We are looking forward to an exciting, productive and successful 2014! With the partnership of parents, community, students and staff, Colonial can continue to improve and provide the best for our students!
Dorothy A. Linn Ed/D
Colonial School District
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