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William Penn Showcase 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:00 pm at William Penn High School

Please join the entire WPHS faculty, community, parents and students as we showcase all of our academic & extracurricular programs.

For questions regarding your child’s bus or anything transportation related, please call 323-2851

Colonial Referendum Passes!

New Castle, DE- Voters in the Colonial School District tonight overwhelming passed a referendum request for .38 per $100 of assessed property values (based on rates set in 1983), According to unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections, 5,742 residents voted in favor of the referendum, 3,880 against.

“This is a victory for our students and dedicated staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey. “I want to thank voters who showed they believe in the great work we are doing for the 10,000 students in our district by voting for the referendum.”

Last February Colonial failed to pass a referendum that included a capital request for secured entrances in all buildings. After losing by approximately 500 votes, that portion of the district’s request was taken off the table. Tonight voters approved funding that will maintain current programs and class sizes while restoring most staff; all new initiatives were removed from the request.

In order to meet a state-mandated May 15 deadline, Colonial officially notified 175 employees of layoffs if the referendum failed. Those employees included:

• 93 teachers

• 17 Administrators and Specialists

• 42 Paraprofessionals

• 8 custodians

• 9 secretaries

• 2 transportation workers

• 4 nutrition services workers

With state education cuts still pending, Blakey says it remains unclear how many staff members will be recalled but, “starting as soon as possible we will begin the process of making certain our district is whole again. We know our teachers and support staff are the backbone of our district and now that the voters have spoken, we hope to recall most of the employees who received layoff notices,” Blakey said.

Last week we celebrated this year's Teachers of the Year in Colonial. Check out why they chose to become one of the best things you possibly could be, a teacher. youtu.be/qJUnNlH980I ...

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William Penn held it's Annual Fall Festival, parade and homecoming game today with participation from schools, families, alumni and community members throughout the Colonial School District. Activities such as bouncy houses, games, hayrides, a petting zoo and some pumpkin picking kept families entertained until the big game at 1:00. ...

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Last night, Colonial inducted the 2017 class of the William Penn Hall of Fame. The nominees included:
Barbara Foxx
Henry Chisholm
Terry Spence
Bill Legge
Jack Graybeal
Buddy Hewes
Jim Sherman
George Smiley
Ray Christian
Joe Russo and Kineta King (Texas Roadhouse)

Congratulations to all of the new inductees!
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Last night, Colonial inducted the 2017 class of the William Penn Hall of Fame. The nominees included: Barbara Foxx Henry Chisholm Terry Spence Bill Legge Jack Graybeal Buddy Hewes Jim Sherman George Smiley Ray Christian Joe Russo and Kineta King (Texas Roadhouse) Congratulations to all of the new inductees!

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William Penn homecoming and fall festival happening now! Stop by! #netde #delaware ...

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Join us today! Fun activities for the family and more! ...

Fall Festival and Homecoming Game

October 14, 2017, 9:30am - October 14, 2017, 11:30am

Fall Festival & William Penn Homecoming • Parade • Penn Farm Petting Zoo & Hay Ride • Pick a Pumpkin* • Performing Arts Showcase • Chili Cook-off* • Kids Carnival with Moonbounces, Games, Prizes, Popcorn* * $5 to participate in these events

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The Colonial School District is a grade K through 12 public school district located in New Castle, Delaware. The district was formed on July 1, 1981, and is one of four districts established when the New Castle County School District was reorganized. The district serves approximately 10,000 students and has 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, one high school and two special needs schools.