As many of you know, Ronnie Williams, a member of the Colonial Board of Education was arrested over the weekend with several serious felony charges. Please know that we are as disturbed as you are about this news. New Castle County Police have confirmed that, at this time, it is not believed that any assaults happened on school property. This on-going investigation is in the hands of New Castle County Police and we are continuing to fully cooperate with them.
Under Delaware law, the Department of Elections governs who can run for public office. Therefore, as a matter of law, the Colonial School District has no say in the election process, the vetting of candidates who are elected by voters, or the consequences of being arrested. Only the Governor can remove an elected official from their position. As a matter of law, the accused board member is innocent until proven guilty so we must let the judicial process take its course.
Many have asked about Williams’ access to our schools and students. Board members are not employees of the Colonial School District and must give a principal 24-hour notice before entering a building. Additionally, the board member must disclose the purpose for their visit. As previously stated, NCCPD have confirmed that, at this time, it is not believed that any assaults happened on school property.
In closing, you as parents or guardians can decide if or when you wish to discuss this matter with your child. We continually tell students to say something if they see or know something, and remind them that counselors and administrators are always available. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Joshuah Smith at (302) 395-8126 or Joshuah.Smith@newcastlede.gov.
D. Dusty Blakey