North Dover teacher guides students through virtual classroom

DOVER — Shanika Teachey greeted her second grade class with, “Good morning, friends,” as the students began popping up, one by one, into the grid of the Zoom classroom. Seated at her desk in North Dover Elementary School in front of her decorated bulletin board, with Delaware State University student teacher Kiana Gangadeen placed at […]

Capital school board votes for remote start to the school year

DOVER — The Capital School District will begin its year remotely, with the plan to revisit the decision in October, the school board decided Thursday. The board voted unanimously to continue remote education for a period just over six weeks, also opting to begin its school year for students on Sept. 8, rather than before […]

School boards push for in-person meetings

As school districts and the state grapple with the possibility of returning students to some form of in-person education, school boards are facing similar decisions about their meetings. Since Gov. John Carney declared a state of emergency in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, many school boards quickly adapted to a new format: meeting […]

Capital retains Delaware School Boards Association in superintendent search

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DOVER — Capital School District will work with the Delaware School Boards Association to select a search firm to help find the next superintendent for the district, the school board decided. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to work with DSBA. The decision comes with no additional fiscal impact to the district, as it pays annual […]

Capital pilots in-person summer school

When Capital School District’s summer boost program began bringing children back to school Monday, it was putting guidance into practice. “We’re revising every day, to be really honest,” said Paul Dunford, director of instruction for the district. “This was our first week face-to-face, so we had high school students that were face-to-face so for the […]

Hallock and Marshall challenging incumbent DePrima for Capital school board seat

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Voters head to the polls — or mail in their absentee ballots ahead of — July 21 for this year’s school board election. Downstate, there are seven contested elections. Learn a little bit more about the candidates below. Other races were highlighted earlier this week. To cast a ballot, voters must return an absentee affidavit […]

Capital school board postpones appointing interim superintendent, forms subcommittee for search

DOVER — The Capital school board voted to postpone appointing an interim superintendent until its July meeting, meaning the district’s highest position will technically be vacant following the end of Superintendent Dan Shelton’s tenure June 30. Meanwhile, the board will create a subcommittee to determine next steps for filling the position. “We found out the […]

Capital School District to start superintendent search next week

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DOVER — The initial steps for who will fill the top leadership position at Capital School District will become clearer next week, when the board meets for the first time since Dan Shelton announced he would be stepping down to join the Christina School District as superintendent. “He is very good at what he does, […]

Capital School District superintendent to step down, join Christina School District

After five years with the district, Capital School District superintendent Dan Shelton will step down from the role at the end of June to begin his tenure as superintendent in Christina School District. “It’s exciting to get to come home,” said Dr. Shelton Friday, who had served as a principal in the district for nearly […]

Commentary: Listen with purpose and work for change

By Dan Shelton and John C.P. Martin Jr. The Capital School District is dedicated to supporting all students and staff through these challenging times. It is our responsibility to be leaders in equity, to teach respect and kindness, and to ground our actions in collaboration and accountability. As a nation, we are wrestling with emotions […]