I’ve been doing some back channel communicating regarding the concerns at Red Clay Skyline Middle Schools.
I’ve been pretty hard on some district administrators on the Skyline issue. Just so you know, I get frustrated when we blame the “system”. There is no system! There are people who are paid to lead. So unfortunately the King’s men get bitched-slapped for failures of the King. The changes in feeder-patterns at Skyline was the Kin’s doing! Kilroy understands we can’t expect assistant supers and building principals to come out and bash the King. Kilroy is pretty hard on Little Sammy and indeed I need to step-back. I guess spinning my wheels bitch-slapping Little Sammy is a waste of time. So call this a Kilroy Kodak moment. Little Sammy I am sorry for leaning on you too hard. Your job can be thankless. However, what I do can also be thankless! At the end of the day Red Clay is “our” community!
I sat through the last board meeting and watched one by one Skyline parents step-up to the microphone and express their concerns to the board. I also watched district leaders and the Skyline principal defend their efforts to address the problems. The “fact” is the district is making efforts to address the problems and realizes it needs to freeze school Choice for Skyline.
So here is my recommendations! I know there is collaboration between Skyline parents and school /district administration. Certainly Skyline’s PTA should have an active role. What I think we need to see is a shoulder-to-shoulder monthly report to the board. Meaning parents selected to represent all parents stand shoulder-to-shoulder with district administrators (Little Sammy in this case) and the school principal during the presentation to the board. The solutions should come from the collaboration between the district, school and parents within Skyline. Skyline parents made their point loud and clear! So, they need to be at the table addressing the solution.
As far as my voice in this issue, the community has a responsibility to engage and lean on the district when they see concerns. Skyline’s mess was created by senior leadership in Red Clay including the school board. Red Clay is starting to come apart at it’s seams and OMG, the merger with Christina’s Wilmington schools and students will be too heavy.
We’re in the era of social media and the days of “its the system” for lame-ass excuses are over! So are the days off bashing the King’s men! I also feel in the case of Skyline, I think its time for Merv to step around from the table and address the board from the public microphone!
So to fund the wrong-headed merger of Christina School District’s city schools into Red Clay school district we’ll need to consider tax reassessment of Red Clay properties. But surely I not that stupid! I know we’re talking about New Castle County.
But why should taxpayer living in Appoquinimink help fund Red Clay? But surely I am not that stupid (Watch your step Publius). Surely Appo gets a bump in funding.
Folks it comes down to this! We all know we keep pissing away money funding tradtional public schools in a formula that isn’t working. Its not a matter of money but rather how that money is spent. Local funding is being used to backfil the loss of Race to The Top funding and state budget cuts to the district. Overbloated adminstrative cost and consutling cost and OMG legal fees. Then their is all the bullshit travel.
The political leaders and the so-called civil rights leaders of Wilmington refuse to take respondsiblity of their community! And no wonder Wilmington is Murder Town U.S.A.! Wilmington school children are eqaully underserved by all districts. HOWEVER, we’re back to needs based funding. If that is the core issues moving students from one district to another does NOTHING!
Those living in New Castle County following the news in regards to Wilmington city school children better wakeup! Property Tax Reassessment will include all of New Castle County resident and buisness property. This reassessment will be a three-year rolling reassesment. That means every three years properties will be subjective to reassessment.
I am sorry to report, Red Clay board members are flirting with the wrong side of history and have agreed in principle to a plan if funding sources are found including reassesment ! The reality is, they never should of agreed in principle. They should have done their review and just said, we can’t come up with a plan that ensures the quality of all students will improve with such a merger and we feel the finanical pressures would be overwhelming. WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY KENNY!
Carney told The News Journal on Wednesday that he would want to suspend the intake of military-aged single male refugees from Syria, but still allow women, children and families into the country. Combat-aged single men not attached to families make up about 2 percent of the almost 1,800 refugees admitted into the country, according to the U.S. State Department.
John Carney, we need to include able-body married men and fathers in that group of cowards fleeing Syria.
Seriously, don’t you think able-body men should defend their homeland and fight these terrorist? Why do we continue to send our fathers and son into “domestic conflicts” of other countires to to ensure their freedoms?
It’s been awhile but, I attended a Red Clay board meeting tonight at Conrad. Other activities was taking place in the school and parking lot was jamed with cars parked in the firelane.
So here is the scoop! Parents and students from Skyline Middle School once again decended on the school board with their complaints of overcrowding and how the school is unsafe. After most of the parents left board members stuck-up another conversation about Skyline. And get this, the schools principal said, a student survey was take and only 1 student reported feeling unsafe! One of the district admins was standing next to the principal reinforcing that survey! The Red Clay board member bought this BULL SHIT and actually complimented the principal! And this was after the board listen to parents complaints and review data showing troubling student behavoir trends at the school.
Others new there was the talk about reassessing property taxing on a three-year rolling basis. More talk about the possiblity of Red Clay getting authority to raises taxes without referendums. But this was all in relationship to the possible merger of Christina School Dsitrict students into Red Clay. Red Clay would gain 6 Christina school buildings. I ask on a side-bar about the condition of those buldings re: capital needs and was told Christina wouldn’t let Red Clay’s inspectors in. Folks this shit is getting ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If this merger happens senoirs can kiss their senior citizens school tax discount goodbye. Things are so bad current Red Clay board members palnning on running for reelection might be faced with opposition.
Delaware College Preparatory Academy is pretty much done! The accountablity committee’s report drove about 10 nails in DCPA coffin. If Red Clay votes not to renew DCPA’s charter the school would be forced to close at the end of this school year.
I ran into Publius’ adoptded son Mr. Matthews and he is not happy with Kilory’s edgy blogging referencing him. Yea, I know I’ve been had on him. But this thing with the opt-out has me pissed. I just feel labor has more to gain with the opt-out than parents. PTA Queen Yvonne addressed the board and pretty much trashed The Smarter Balanced Assesment and that was music to my ears! The fight shouldn’t be about the op-out but rather removing the Smarter Balanced Assesment from out schools. AND GUESS WHAT ??????????????????? Red Clay school board vote to support parents right to opt their children out of the test! And there is a call for legislators to over-ride Markell’s veto! At the end of the day, the test isn’t they problem as Markell is the problem. Markell is the worst Delaware govenor on public education reform in the state’s history!