Colonial School District, Delaware

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Colonial School District
New Castle, Delaware
Colonial School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dorothy A. Linn
Graduation rate:70.8%[1]
Number of schools:14
Budget: $142.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joseph T. Laws, III
Board members:7
Term length:5
Colonial School District is a school district in Delaware that served 9,941 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the fourth-largest school district in Delaware with an operating budget of $142.1 million for the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Colonial School District is located in New Castle County, Delaware
Colonial 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] Colonial School District is the fourth-largest school district in Delaware, serving 9,941 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[4]


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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


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.[6]

School board

The Colonial School Board is composed of seven members serving five-year terms.[7]

Colonial School Board
Member District Term Ends
Joseph T. Laws, III F 2016
Melodie A. Spotts G 2019
Leo B. Magee E 2017
Ronald P. Pierce B 2015
Bobby Benjamin A 2018
Richard W. Schiller, Jr. C 2018
Vacant D 2015

School board elections

See also: Colonial School District elections (2014)

Members of the Colonial School Board are elected to five-year terms in elections by geographic district. One seat was up for election on May 13, 2014, and two seats are scheduled for election on May 12, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Colonial School District.[2][8]

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
2011-2012 $82,715,000 56.6% $6,951,000 4.8% $3,400,000 2.3% $5,890,000 4% $47,273,775 32.3% $146,229,775
2012-2013 $83,258,039 58.4% $5,913,420 4.1% $2,132,971 1.5% $5,728,000 4% $45,503,313 31.9% $142,535,743
2013-2014 $82,560,000 58.1% $6,276,300 4.4% $1,945,602 1.4% $5,566,750 3.9% $45,738,746 32.2% $142,087,398
Averages: $82,844,346.33 58% $6,380,240 4% $2,492,857.67 2% $5,728,250 4% $46,171,944.67 32% $143,617,638.67

Teacher salaries

Colonial School District employed 615 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 Colonial Education Association for 2013-2014:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
No degree 36,334 59,013
Bachelor's 37,918 61,316
B.A. + 15 39,515 64,515
B.A. + 30 41,105 68,333
Master's 43,744 74,487
MA + 15 45,842 78,340
MA + 30 47,434 81,651
MA + 45 49,028 82,794
Doctorate 50,615 84,387

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.[1]

District schools

Colonial School District operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Colonial School District
School Name
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
Pleasantville Elementary
Southern Elementary
The Wallin School
William Penn High
Wilmington Manor 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.[11][12]

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System - Spring 2013
Test Year - Grade Number Tested Meet Standard (%) Below Standard (%) Scale Score Mean
Grade 3 827 64.81 35.19 711.74
Grade 4 855 68.77 31.23 748.08
Grade 5 833 73.71 26.29 776.06
Grade 6 775 67.61 32.39 780.30
Grade 7 876 64.04 35.96 792.46
Grade 8 877 66.02 33.98 819.00
Grade 9 686 50.15 49.85 812.33
Grade 10 479 59.08 40.92 825.34

Contact information

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Colonial School District
318 E. Basin Road
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Phone: (302) 323-2700

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