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EDITOR NOTE: We list below the town hall schedule for school district referendums seeking property tax increases for public schools. No excuse not to attend.

It is important for those who pay property taxes to attend one to learn the details and ask specific questions of school officials about how they plan to spend your money and the results they will deliver with more funds. Then decide how you plan to vote. Evaluate your decision based on if you get enough detail to be comfortable that the funds will be well invested and necessary to deliver an excellent education for students

Note: At the town halls held to date, school officials clarified that the referendum tax increases will be adjusted to be ‘revenue neutral’ (by state law) based on the subsequent impact of the property reassessment on your taxes, with an option for up to a 10% further increase after that. 

Red Clay SD Referendum

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Vote Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 7 AM. to 8 PM
On the ballot are requests for more money for operating costs and capital expenses totaling $265 million. Get informed, then go vote.
 

SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 6:00 PM – Referendum Information Night (Virtual) Zoom Link – TBD

Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 6:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting at North Star Elementary School

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RED CLAY SD REFERENDUM

Colonial SD Referendum

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Vote Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 7 AM to 8 PM

Colonial SD is seeking approval for operating and capital costs. They say operational funds will close the gap in funding as a result of federal Elementary & Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) monies going away.

The capital portion of the referendum will address aging buildings and enable construction of a new sporting complex at William Penn High School.

LEARN MORE BEFORE YOU VOTE

Smyrna SD Referendum

Vote Saturday, March 9, 2024 

 Smyrna voters will be going to the polls to approve the School District’s request for $128 million in tax increases to fund operating needs and capital expenditures

TOWN HALL MEETINGS

February 7, 2024 starting at 1 p.m. at the District’s Central Office

February 22, 2024 starting 6 p.m. at Clayton Intermediate

   LEARN ABOUT THE SMYRNA SD REFERENDUM

Cape Henlopen SD Referendum

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 Vote on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The district is seeking a combined 54.9 cent tax increase per $100 assessed property value. The other 21.4 cents are to buy 103 acres off of Cedar Grove Road and build a new district office, a bus maintenance facility, and an indoor pool facility.

READ THIS DELAWARE PUBLIC MEDIA ARTICLE

REFERENDUM COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Tuesday, February 27: Love Creek Elementary (Media Center), 6:00 PM

Monday, March 11: Milton Elementary (Auditorium), 6:00 PM

Monday, March 18: Lewes Elementary (Auditorium), 6:00 PM

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CAPE HENLOPEN SD REFERENDUM

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Appoquinimink SD schedules second referendum vote for April 23, 2024

This will be the second attempt to pass the district’s referendums. The first time the vote was narrowly defeated. More details will be shared as they are announced.

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Highlights from the CRI education forum
Now available on the C4DS You Tube channel
Kent County Town Hall Video 2023

The Kent County Save Our Schools town hall in May 2023 featured the following speakers in this order:

  • Academic Scores in Delaware: Dr. Tanya Hettler, Caesar Rodney Institute
  • Parental Rights & Involvement: Dr. Elana Fishbein, No Left Turn in Education
  • School Safety: Dr. Beth Conaway, retired principal and educator
  • Teacher Shortages: Celeste Bunting, Indian River School District
  •  School board candidates who attended the town hall were given an opportunity to introduce themselves.
 (1 hour 50 minutes)
Where are the parents in this fight for their children's education?

Dr. Elana Fishbein, founder of No Left Turn in Education, asks during the town halls: what happened to all the parents who would jump in front of a bus for their children? 

Why are they afraid to publicly stand up for their kids? C4DS would like to understand it better. Feel free to submit your feedback below.

(2:14 minutes)

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