Plan designed for new schools in Appoquinimink School District

Despite some opposition from the public, the Appoquinimink School District Board of Education has approved new attendance zones for the schools, considering the three new schools set for construction.

The district plans on constructing three new schools, including Odessa High School and Cantwell’s Bridge Middle School, both in the same building on the Fairview Campus near Odessa. Another school, Lorewood Grove Elementary, is planned on the same road in which it’s named.

To accommodate the new schools, district officials had to re-draw the attendance zones, called “feeder patterns,” for the schools, both new and old.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the district school board approved the feeders by a vote of 4 to 1 with board member Michelle Wall voting no.

After the vote, Wall said by email, “I am supportive of the feeder pattern changes and commend the work of the committee. I wanted there to be additional time to evaluate the implications of the Early Child decision that was suggested for Shannon Cove. However, I was not given a chance to present a second motion with this option because the first motion passed without my support.”

Almost since the feeders were proposed, residents of the Shannon Cove housing development have complained about the feeders proposed for their neighborhood.

At the meeting, several Shannon Cove residents spoke before the board. At one point, about 15 people raised their hands when asked if anyone at the meeting was from Shannon Cove.

In general, the residents of the housing development wanted their children to attend Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center, Old State Elementary School, Cantwell’s Bridge Middle School, and Odessa High School, all of which are located on the Fairview Campus.

Instead, as approved by the board, those residents’ children will attend Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center, Redding Middle School and Middletown High School. A committee of district officials had recommended that plan.

For more details, read the next issue of the Transcript.