Colonial School District, Delaware
|Colonial School District|
|New Castle, Delaware|
|Superintendent:||Dorothy A. Linn|
|Number of schools:||14|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Joseph T. Laws, III|
About the districtNew 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. Colonial School District is the fourth-largest school district in Delaware, serving 9,941 students during the 2012-2013 school year.
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.
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.
The superintendent of Colonial School District is Dorothy A. Linn. She has served in this role since July 1, 2010. Linn has served the district since 1987 and her previous roles include deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent and executive assistant to the superintendent. Linn earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Delaware and earned her doctoral degree from Wilmington University.
The Colonial School Board is composed of seven members serving five-year terms.
|Colonial School Board|
|Joseph T. Laws, III||F||2016|
|Leo B. Magee||E||2017|
|Ronald P. Pierce||B||2015|
|Richard W. Schiller, Jr.||C||2018|
|Melodie A. Spotts||D||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Colonial School Board are elected to five-year terms in elections by geographic district. One seat was up for election in 2014 and one seat will be up for election in 2015.
The table below displays the budget for Colonial School District.
|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|
Colonial School District employed 615 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. 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 Colonial Education Association for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||39,515||64,515|
|B.A. + 30||41,105||68,333|
|MA + 15||45,842||78,340|
|MA + 30||47,434||81,651|
|MA + 45||49,028||82,794|
Schools in Colonial School District
Colonial School District served 9,941 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Colonial School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Colonial School District operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Colonial School District|
|Calvin R. McCullough Middle|
|Carrie Downie Elementary|
|Castle Hills Elementary|
|George Read Middle|
|Gunning Bedford Middle|
|Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary|
|John G. Leach School|
|Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary|
|The Wallin School|
|William Penn High|
|Wilmington Manor Elementary|
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.
|Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System - Spring 2013|
|Test Year - Grade||Number Tested||Meet Standard (%)||Below Standard (%)||Scale Score Mean|
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- Delaware Department of Education, "Colonial School District," accessed March 26, 2014
- Colonial School District, "Fiscal Year 2013," accessed December 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "New Castle County, Delaware," accessed March 21, 2014
- State of Delaware, "Colonial District," accessed March 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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- Colonial School District, "School Board," accessed March 26, 2014
- Colonial School District, "Teachers and Nurses," accessed March 26, 2014
- Colonial School District, "District Schools," accessed March 26, 2014
- Delaware Department of Education, "Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System State Summary," accessed March 20, 2014
- Delaware Department of Education, "Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System On-line Reports (ver. 2012b)," accessed March 20, 2014