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Colonial School District, Delaware

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Colonial School District is a school district in Delaware. In 2011 its enrollment was 9,925 students.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Delaware school district websites

This website was reviewed on January 7, 2012.

The good

  • School board members are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting schedules are posted,[3] along with minutes.[4]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[5]
  • Links are provided to academic reports.[6]
  • Budgets are posted.[7]
  • Local tax rates are posted in the budget.[8]
  • Background check policies are outlined for volunteers[9] and job applicants.[10]

The bad

  • The website has no search function.
  • Bid opportunities and contracts are not posted.
  • Audits are not posted.
  • No information is available on public records requests.

Board of education

The Board of Education is composed of seven unsalaried members elected to five-year terms. Each member represents an electoral area in the District, but all are elected at-large. Elections take place in May, with members taking office in July.[11]

2012 School Board[2]
Name Position
Leo B. Magee Sr. President
Ronald P. Pierce Vice President
Bobby Benjamin Member
Gary P. Bennett Member
Joseph T. Laws III Member
Richard W. Schiller Jr. Member
Melodie Spotts Member

Colonial's superintendent is Dorothy A. Linn.

Teacher contracts


The table below displays the budget for Colonial School District.[12]

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
Averages: $82,715,000 57% $6,951,000 5% $3,400,000 2% $5,890,000 4% $47,273,775 32% $146,229,775

Academic performance


Delaware's school accountability system merges state accountability processes (School Rating) with the federal requirements (AYP), No Child Left Behind (NCLB).[13] Annual reports are available dating back to 2004 on the Delaware Department of Education website.[14]

School Ratings that a school may earn are:

  • 5 stars – Superior
  • 4 stars - Commendable
  • 3 stars - Academic Review
  • 2 stars - Academic Progress
  • 1 star - Academic Watch.

Possible AYP results are:

  • Below Target
  • Meets Target
  • Above Target


Colonial met AYP in 2011 and was rated "Commendable."[1]



Percentage of Students Meeting State Standards (2010-11)[1]
Subject % Met Standards in 2nd Grade % Met in 3rd % Met in 4th % Met in 5th % Met in 6th % Met in 7th % Met in 8th % Met in 9th % Met in 10th
Reading 63 65 65 68 55 51 53 53 60
Math 81 72 72 72 55 54 49 53 51
Science 47 44 29
Social Studies 72 54

Graduation/dropout rate

Colonial's federal graduation rate was 77.6% in 2010, and its dropout rate was 5.2%.[1]


The Colonial Education Association (CEA) is the teacher's union for this school district.[15] It is an affiliate of the Delaware State Education Association/NEA. Lisa Machado serves as President.

School choice


In 2011-12, Colonial had 64 students in local choice and 42 state choice students, in 11 schools.[1]


In the 2009-10 school year the District had 136 choice students at 11 schools.[16]

The District website has very little information on school choice.[17]

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