Governor proposes $50 million to build new school in Wilmington

NATALIA ALAMDARI - Delaware Online

Wilmington could see its first new school building in decades. 

On Wednesday, Gov. John Carney proposed putting $50 million toward building a new school in Wilmington’s East Side. The school would replace Bancroft School in Christina School District. 

Carney’s proposal also includes funding for major renovations to the Stubbs Early Education Center and Bayard School, the two other Christina facilities in Wilmington.

This would be the latest round of extra funding the state has pumped into Christina School District. 

The Wilmington Schools Partnership, an ongoing agreement between the district and state to improve student achievement in city schools, includes state funding for new wellness centers, increased staffing, and trauma-informed training.  

The partnership, which consolidated Christina’s five city schools into two buildings, also included funding for school renovations to accommodate the increased concentration of students. 

The district is now halfway through its first year of the consolidation. 

Elbert-Palmer and Casimir Pulaski elementaries closed their doors last June. First- through eighth-grade students from the two schools, along with Stubbs Elementary, were combined and split between Bancroft and Bayard schools. Stubbs was also converted to a dual education center. 

Bayard, Bancroft and Stubbs also received funding as part of Gov. Jack Markell’s “priority schools” initiative in 2014. 

Carney’s proposal would appropriate money through the state Bond Bill, and would need to be approved by both the Joint Finance Committee and full General Assembly.

Natalia Alamdari covers education for The News Journal. You can reach her at (302) 324-2312 or

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