Rep. Kim Williams February Newsletter

CONTACT INFORMATION

Carvel Office Building
820 N. French Street
11th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577-8476

Legislative Hall
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4351

 

Delcastle JAM Session

Hundreds of Delcastle High School students got up and moved around Thursday morning as part of an international effort to get students to participate in the JAM program. JAM stands for Just A Minute, meaning that fitness routines can be fun and take "just a minute." Getting up and moving around like we did at Delcastle is important in promoting healthier living. Thanks to Delcastle principal Clifton Hayes (who is next to me in the exercise photos) for hosting us!

 

Bill Would Extend Special Education to All Students K-3

Along with Sen. Harris McDowell and Sen. Nicole Poore, I recently introduced a bill designed to provide assistance and meet the needs of special education students as early as kindergarten.

The Delaware education system classifies special education students into three categories: basic, intensive and complex. The state only funds basic special education from fourth through 12th grade, leaving a gap in support for kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. House Bill 30 would extend state funding for basic special education to kindergarten through third grade.

The bill would lead to hiring more than 130 new teachers statewide to educate young children with special needs, and it would help reduce demands 


NCCo. Council Votes to Extend Sewer Bill Due Dates 

At the February 10th meeting of the New Castle County Council Finance Committee, all Council Members present voted to extend the due date for the most recent sewer billing mailed out. 

The current billing was due March 2 and extended to March 17 because it came to their attention that the delivery of sewer bills was delayed as a result of the Postal Service’s difficulties operating in the current icy and snowy weather conditions. 

The Council was happy for the opportunity to take an action that will help their constituents in avoiding any possible financial difficulties resulting from recent weather conditions. 


Defensive Driving Courses

Click here for a list of companies that offer approved defensive driving courses in Delaware. If all drivers of a vehicle complete an approved course, you receive 10 percent off a portion of your auto insurance for three years. If you take a refresher course within 90 days of the end of the three-year period, you receive a 15 percent discount.


College Information Night for Families

The Delaware Department of Education and Delaware PTA will host events in each county to provide college information to families of high school students. Students also are welcome to attend. 

Parents and guardians will learn about the college application and enrollment process. Delaware college admissions representatives from two-year and four-year programs, financial aid professionals, a school counselor and Delaware Department of Education staff will answer questions, such as:

  • What is the college application process?
  • What can your student do now to prepare for college?
  • What are college/university admissions representatives looking for in their applicants?'
  • How do you pay for college?
  • Who can help you and your child with the college application process?

New Castle County: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Howard High School of Technology, 401 E. 12th St., Wilmington; and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at Glasgow High School, 1901 South College Avenue, Newark. 

Kent County: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Early College High School at Delaware State University, 1570 N. DuPont Highway, Dover 

Sussex County: 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 16 at Indian River High School, 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro; and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at Georgetown Library, 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown


Manufactured Housing Workshop 

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m.

NCC Gilliam Building, Multipurpose Room 

67 Reads Way, New Castle 

Do you live in a manufactured home or community in Delaware, or own a manufactured home community? Do you have questions or issues about the laws that govern manufactured home communities? Do you want more information about resources available to residents of manufactured home communities?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions, be sure to attend this free workshops to learn more. No registration is required. 

Representatives will attend from: 

  • The Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Unit 
  • Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority 
  • Delaware State Housing Authority 
  • Delaware State Police 
  • DHSS, Office of Drinking Water 
  • DNREC 
  • New Castle County Land Use 
  • New Castle County Police 

Science Camp Scholarship Application

Delaware will send two 2015 high school graduates to West Virginia this summer to attend the National Youth Science Camp on full scholarships. The 3 1/2 -week experience (June 17 to July 11) includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation, overnight expeditions into the Monongahela National Forest and a visit to the nation’s capital. The selected delegates must demonstrate academic achievement in science and show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.  

The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to participants so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip airfare are covered. This is possible thanks to contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation. 

The application period runs until March 1, 2015. Applicants must commit to the entire NYSC time. Application packets are available online here. 

For questions regarding the application procedures and/or general information about the program, contact  Dr. John Moyer, Delaware Department of Education’s NYSC program coordinator, at john.moyer@doe.k12.de.us.  For more information on NYSC and to see images of previous camps, click here.