Christina board member Meredith Griffin defends school consolidation

In February, a divided Christina school board approved the framework of a partnership with the Carney administration to consolidate five high-poverty, low-performing schools in Wilmington.

Christina board member Meredith Griffin joined Delaware Education Reporter Cris Barrish on WHYY’s newsmagazine program “First” to discuss this budding but tenuous partnership, now set to start in the 2019-20 school year.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding between the district and the state:

  • Pulaski and Palmer elementary schools would close with the hopes that a nonprofit organization would lease the buildings for community programs.
  • Stubbs elementary would become a kindergarten for Christina’s Wilmington students and also offer pre-school and adult learning programs.
  • Bayard middle and Bancroft elementary schools would be upgraded and retrofitted to serve students in grades 1 through 8.
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