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Christina School District Referendum Fails

melinda shelton
creative commons

It was a no from residents to a referendum for the Christina School District.

It was the fourth failure in the last four years losing by more than 13-hundred votes.

The measure would have raising nearly $19 million over a three year period for operating costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the measure would have imposed a 34-cent tax increase.

The funds would have gone toward allowing the district to negotiate more competitive salaries as well as a shuttle service for high school students.

In addition, the district was looking at adding two more teaching positions at the School of the Arts at Newark High School.

District Superintendent Richard Gregg told the News Journal that the vote would force the district to make some difficult decisions.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs 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.