Appoquinimink School District, Delaware

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Appoquinimink School District
Odessa, Delaware
Appoquinimink School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Matthew Burrows
Graduation rate:89.9%[1]
Number of schools:16
Budget: $115.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Norm Abrams
Board members:5
Term length:5
Appoquinimink School District is a school district in Delaware that served 9,618 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the fifth-largest school district in Delaware with an operating budget of $115.9 million for the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

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Appoquinimink School District is located in New Castle County, Delaware. The county seat of New Castle County is Wilmington. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Castle County is home to 538,479 residents.[3] Appoquinimink School District is the fifth-largest school district in Delaware, serving 9,618 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]


New Castle County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Delaware in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.5 percent of New Castle County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 28.5 percent for Delaware as a whole. The median household income in New Castle County was $64,670 compared to $60,119 for the state of Delaware. The poverty rate in New Castle County was 10.7 percent compared to 11.5 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race New Castle County (%) Delaware (%)
White 68.0 68.9
Black or African American 24.6 21.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 4.8 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 9.1 8.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Matthew Burrows is the superintendent of Appoquinimink School District. Burrows has served in this role since July 11, 2011. Burrows has served the district since 2008 when he became a principal. Burrows previously served as an assistant principal with the Alexis I. DuPont Middle School in Wilmington.[5]

School board

The Appoquinimink School Board is composed of five members serving five-year terms.[6]

Appoquinimink School Board
Member Term Ends
Norman A. Abrams, Jr. 2014
Charlisa “Char” Edelin 2017
Richard Forsten 2016
Julie Johnson 2015
Kelly Wright 2018

School board elections

See also: Appoquinimink School District elections (2015)

Members of the Appoquinimink School Board are elected to five-year terms. One seat was up for election on May 13, 2014, and one seat is scheduled for election on May 12, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Appoquinimink School District.[2][7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $93,268,993 78.2% $0.00 0% $7,200,000 6% $6,729,207 5.6% $12,118,542 10.2% $119,316,742
2013-2014 $78,388,000 67.6% $272,500 0.2% $3,155,000 2.7% $6,494,102 5.6% $27,587,561 23.8% $115,897,163
Averages: $85,828,496.5 73% $136,250 0% $5,177,500 4% $6,611,654.5 6% $19,853,051.5 17% $117,606,952.5

Teacher salaries

Appoquinimink School District employed 577 K-12 teachers during the 2012-13 school year.[1] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Appoquinimink School District Teachers for 2013-2014:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
No degree 36,629 54,104
Bachelor's 38,235 57,096
B.A. + 15 39,533 60,558
B.A. + 30 40,963 64,328
Master's 43,054 70,654
MA + 15 44,684 73,065
MA + 30 46,852 75,980
MA + 45 48,558 77,518
Doctorate 50,418 79,181

Schools in Appoquinimink School District


Appoquinimink School District served 9,618 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

District schools

Appoquinimink School District operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Appoquinimink School District
School Name
Alfred G. Waters Middle
Appoquinimink High
Appoquinimink Preschool Center
Brick Mill Elementary
Bunker Hill Elementary
Cedar Lane ECC
Cedar Lane Elementary
Everett Meredith Middle
Louis L. Redding Middle
Middletown High
Old State Elementary
Olive B. Loss Elementary
Silver Lake Elementary
Spring Meadow ECC
Townsend ECC
Townsend Elementary

Academic performance

The Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System or DCAS is a series of assessments designed to measure what Delaware’s students know and are able to do at each grade level in reading, mathematics, science and social studies. Each test question measures knowledge of the content standards and grade level expectations. Each test question measures knowledge of the extended content standards, which are adapted from the Delaware Content Standards especially for this population.[10][11]

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System
Test Year - Grade Number Tested Meet Standard (%) Below Standard (%) Scale Score Mean
Spring 2013 - Grade 3 756 80.03 19.97 749.83
Spring 2013 - Grade 4 825 82.91 17.09 775.64
Spring 2013 - Grade 5 787 86.02 13.98 801.01
Spring 2013 - Grade 6 766 85.38 14.62 819.53
Spring 2013 - Grade 7 795 84.53 15.47 832.53
Spring 2013 - Grade 8 766 86.95 13.05 861.24
Spring 2013 - Grade 9 756 80.56 19.44 853.33
Spring 2013 - Grade 10 657 85.54 14.46 866.90

Contact information

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Appoquinimink School District
118 S. Sixth Street
P.O. Box 4010
Odessa, DE 19730
Phone: (302) 376-4128

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