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Christina School District Warns of Cuts if Referendum Fails

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Voters in the Christina School district will be going to the polls to vote next Tuesday for their fourth referendum in the last four years.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that before the voters is a tax hike of around $220 a year that would go toward staffing and the operating budget.

The district says it will not ask for another referendum this fiscal year if the vote fails next week.

If the measure is defeated the district said teachers to be laid off will be notified by May 15th adding it is not clear how many positions would be affected.  

In 2015 voters turned down two referendums that resulted in the layoff of nearly 78 teachers and 14 aides.

A year later a third vote restored those cuts.

The News Journal reports that part of the problem for many school districts is that rely on stagnant property valuations and a declining state funding.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.