Red Clay Board of Education President Jack Buckley would have preferred a quiet sendoff, but the rest of the board was not going to let him sneak away unnoticed.


Red Clay Board of Education President Jack Buckley would have preferred a quiet sendoff, but the rest of the board was not going to let him sneak away unnoticed.

Buckley completed his five-year tenure as a school board member following the Wednesday night board meeting at Warner Elementary School.

Buckley lost the election to Faith Newton, former principal at Stanton Middle School and a former assistant superintendent with Red Clay. 

The board presented Buckley with an award of gratitude for his service to the district from 2006 to 2011.

“It has been a wonderful journey for me,” Buckley said. “It has been my honor and privilege, and it’s been a great time for me.”

Buckely was elected president of the board in July 2009.

In other news…
The board unanimously voted to amend the Red Clay School Choice Enrollment Policy so that special permissions granted due to extenuating circumstances will be reported to the board monthly. The Board Policy Review Committee also recommended that the board change the length of time that the wait list will be maintained for in-district students from “until the first day of school” to “until June 30th.”

Board members  requested that the BPRC review the Special Permission section, which currently stipulates that “[s]pecial permissions will continue to be granted in extenuating circumstance … An application and an explanatory document outlining the reasons given for the request must be submitted to the Superintendent, whose decision shall be final.”

The BPRC recommended that the district look into developing a process that would allow the board to me more involved in reviewing and deciding requests for special permission.

The school board also unanimously voted to approve the renewal of the charter for the Delaware College Preparatory Academy, as well as the new uniform Policy at Richardson Park Learning Center.

Lastly, the board was also informed of a new Red Clay four-year old Preschool Program that will begin August 29, 2011. There will be three classrooms at Warner Elementary, two at Shortlidge Academy, one at Baltz Elementary, and one at Mote Elementary. The program intends on having 10 to 12 students per session, with morning and afternoon sessions. For more information about the program, parents are asked to call Shirley Ellison, preschool program coordinator, at 552-3816.

The next Red Clay Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 6 at Warner Elementary.