Christina School District, Delaware

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Christina School District
Wilmington, Delaware
Christina School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Freeman L. Williams
Graduation rate:68.3%[1]
Number of schools:30
Budget: $211.0 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:David Resler
Board members:7
Term length:5
Christina School District is a school district in Delaware that served 17,400 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the largest school district in Delaware with an operating budget of $211.0 million for the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Christina School District is located in New Castle County, Delaware
Christina 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]


New Castle County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Delaware in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. 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.[4]


Freeman L. Williams is the superintendent of Christina School District. He has served in this role since July 2012. Williams previously served as the interim superintendent of Appoquinimink School District. Williams earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree from the University of Delaware. He also previously served as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.[5]

School board

The Christina Board of Education is composed of seven members serving five-year terms.[6]

Christina Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
David Resler B 2016
Frederick Polaski C 2018
George E. Evans A 2015
Harrie Ellen Minnehan E 2018
Elizabeth C. Paige F 2014
Shirley Sutton-Saffer G 2017
John M. Young D 2014

School board elections

See also: Christina School District elections (2014)

Members of the Christina Board of Education are elected to five-year terms. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and one seat will be up for election in 2015.


Christina School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[2]

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
2013-2014 $166,422,536 78.9% $0 0% $37,068,917 17.6% $7,509,477 3.6% $0 0% $211,000,931
Averages: $166,422,536 79% $0 0% $37,068,917 18% $7,509,477 4% $0 0% $211,000,931

Teacher salaries

Christina School District employed 1,087 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 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 Christina Education Association for 2013-2014:[7]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
No degree 37,014 60,919
Bachelor's 38,642 63,038
B.A. + 15 40,268 67,073
B.A. + 30 42,895 71,106
Master's 44,609 77,184
MA + 15 46,776 80,376
MA + 30 48,408 83,385
MA + 45 50,032 84,962
MA + 60 50,305 85,233
Doctorate 51,661 86,450

Schools in Christina School District


Christina School District served 17,400 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Christina School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Christina School District operates 30 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Christina School District
School Name
Bancroft Elementary
Bayard Middle
Brader Elementary
Brookside Elementary
Christina High
Delaware Autism Program
Delaware School for the Deaf
Douglass School
Downes Elementary
Elbert-Palmer Elementary
Gallaher Elementary
Gauger-Cobbs Middle
Glasgow High
Jones Elementary
Keene Elementary
Kirk Middle
Leasure Elementary
Maclary Elementary
Marshall Elementary
McVey Elementary
Newark High
Oberle Elementary
Pulaski Elementary
REACH Program
Sarah Pyle Academy
Shue-Medill Middle
Smith Elementary
Stubbs Elementary
West Park Place Elementary
Wilson 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.[9][10]

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System - Spring 2013
Test Year - Grade Number Tested Meet Standard (%) Below Standard (%) Scale Score Mean
Grade 3 1,433 60.57 39.43 707.50
Grade 4 1,458 64.13 35.87 741.74
Grade 5 1,322 70.88 29.12 770.85
Grade 6 1,196 62.71 37.29 776.97
Grade 7 1,237 59.26 40.74 788.62
Grade 8 1,156 60.21 39.79 816.21
Grade 9 967 52.02 47.98 813.31
Grade 10 814 63.27 36.73 833.77

Contact information

Christina School District seal.jpg
Christina School District
600 N. Lombard Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 552-2600

See also

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