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  • Cooke Elementary on schedule and on budget

  • The new school, named after longtime district employee William "Buzzy" Cooke, Jr., is scheduled to be open for the 2015-16 school year
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    • The buzz on "Buzzy" Cooke
      ~William "Buzzy" Cooke, Jr., started teaching at Krebs Elementary School in 1965, when it was still the Conrad School District, after having attended the school as a student

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      The buzz on "Buzzy" Cooke
      ~William "Buzzy" Cooke, Jr., started teaching at Krebs Elementary School in 1965, when it was still the Conrad School District, after having attended the school as a student
      ~Four years later he was promoted to principal of the Richey Kindergarten Center
      ~Cooke went on to serve as principal at Richey and Poplar Elementary, Lore, Baltz, Forest Oak and Brandywine Springs schools
      ~At the time of his retirement in July of 2010, thousands of students had graduated from Cooke's schools
      (Courtesy of Red Clay Consolidated School District's website)
  • Despite a recent soggy delay, work is scheduled to continue on the William Cooke, Jr. Elementary school throughout the holiday break.
    According to superintendent construction started on the roughly $20 million project in late summer – somewhat later than originally anticipated, as the district settled final land use issues late in the game.
    In spite of that delay, and the early snowfall this winter, the project is "more or less" on time, according to Ammann.
    So far, only the concrete pads are in place, Ammann said, since the goal was to have that portion completed before harsh weather sets in.
    "We're hoping to have all of the concrete in place by the end of the calendar year," Ammann said.
    The 600-student school will likely help alleviate the severe overcrowding in Linden Hill, North Star and Brandywine Springs elementary schools, which Ammann said are suffering the most in the district.
    The school is scheduled to open its doors for students in August 2015, in time for the 2015-16 school year, Ammann said, with construction scheduled for completion by spring 2015.
    The new school also broadens the district's ability to provide its students with more neighborhood schools – a requirement through the statewide School Choice laws.
    Attendance at neighborhood schools is not only Delaware law, Ammann said, it's also the overwhelming philosophy of the board in general.
    Parents will know well ahead of time what their new neighborhood school is, giving them the option to apply for other area schools if they wish.
    "Sometimes the nearest school is not the most logical," Ammann said.
    The new school is located at 2025 Graves Road, just off the intersection of Graves and Route 41, just outside of Hockessin, on property that the Red Clay Consolidated School District has owned for the past 30 years.

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