Sometimes something just doesn’t click until it hits you. This was the case today when I realized Delaware Met’s direct neighbor is First State Montessori Academy. Can you imagine picking up your child at an elementary school to see students led out at the school next door in handcuffs? Or you look out your window and see kids fighting?
In the above picture, Delaware Met is at 920 N. French St. in Wilmington. Right next to it with nothing but a street dividing them, sits First State Montessori Academy. Even more ironic, their other neighbor to the side of them is the Carvel State Building, where the Delaware Department of Justice has their offices. In fact, I would guess that Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn can see the school from his office window. Only in Delaware!
First State Montessori services kids from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Delaware Met has teenagers in 9th and 10th grade. I’m sorry, but who plans this stuff? I have some of the same concerns with the Community Education Building housing all the different schools and different grades. This isn’t Little House on the Prairie! I don’t think young students should be in any way exposed to whatever is going on over at Delaware Met. There is a specific reason traditional school districts have middle schools and high schools strategically placed away from elementary schools. I firmly believe the Delaware charters up in Wilmington should coordinate with each other so potential problems don’t occur. It was announced last week that the Wilmington Police would have an officer outside the school in the afternoon when school got out.