Caesar Rodney
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... The district officially came into existence as State Consolidated District No. 1 on July 1, 1915 under the authority of a state consolidation law. Shortly thereafter residents of the area voted 52 to 1 to approve a $12,000 bond to supplement an $18,000 appropriation from the state for the construction of a new school building for grades one through twelve. Not long after that the school board adopted the name of Caesar Rodney for the district and school in honor of the Revolutionary War hero and statesman who had made his home near St. Jones Neck in the eastern part of the county....

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(Wyoming, DE.)   A panel of judges from the American School Board Journal (ASBJ) has selected the Caesar Rodney School District’s Mandarin Immersion Program as an Honorable Mention recipient in the Magna Awards 2014 recognition program.

“The Magna Awards, supported by Sodexo School Services, showcase outstanding models for local school board leadership and school district success to advance student achievement,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association. “The Caesar Rodney Mandarin Immersion Program is a great example of school board leadership to provide students with the skills needed to compete in our global economy." 

“We are extremely honored and proud to be recognized by the National School Boards Association,” said Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, superintendent for the Caesar Rodney School District.  “This award, while being presented to the entire school district, specifically identifies the role our school board members played in making this wonderful program available.”
The district’s Mandarin Immersion Program is now in its second year. Last year, 100 kindergarten students at the J. Ralph McIlvaine Early Childhood Center successfully completed the program and are now immersed in grade 1 at both Allen Frear Elementary School and W. B. Simpson Elementary School.  A new cohort of 100 students is now at McIlvaine for the current school year.