See FixRedClay for the rest of CFO’s response.
“If a choice student doesn’t ride a feeder pattern bus to a school, assuming they ride, the only bus left to get the student there is a “choice” bus which is what totaled the $181,000 choice cost last year and is projected to cost over $200,000 this year. This is estimated to be $310 per student.”
Let’s go with projected cost of $200,000.00 for this year! It’s already in the budget! Some board members want to cut choice transportation now. “Cold Turkey” Becnel suggest to end it after next year 2010-2011 to better prepare parents and let student finish out the school where they currently choice.
Conrad and Cab being all choice schools with no assigned feeder pattern meaning no feeder transportation will still have curb side transportation while parents of other choice students will be required to drive their children to the feeder bus stop in the Choice school or just keep their children in their own feeder school. They do have the opiton their children to and from school directly or car pool.
At best 50% of the above cost will still be incurred re: Conrad and Cab. The district will be saving $100,000.00 plus inflation.
We can debate the pros and cons of Choice schools and certainly Choice transportation is luxury for Red Clay students as other district don’t offer this service. But this is about another underhand Red Clay agenda.
However, certain members of Red Clay Consolidated School Board claim it’s about saving money and they are being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money. The increased cost is about $20,000.00 compared to last year. Mr. Buckley prefers that we end choice transportation now because he is concerned with the transportation cost. I have one thing to say to him and the other board members who want to got “cold turkey,” kiss my butt! Tell the truth that it’s not about the money it’s about wanting students to attend their feeder schools and how the district mismanaged the Choice program by allowing certain favorite schools to go over capacity. Schools should be capped once the school hits capacity and that goes for sibling preference. TELL THE TRUTH!!!
The board members didn’t even know the cost saviings of choice transportation nor did the Red Clay Community Finance Review Committee!
Red Clay hires numerous consultants to be nursemaid to district administrators who should know there jobs! Also, what the hell are the people at DOE there for? We have over 200 employees at the Delaware Department of Education, don’t they provide support services to the district? Furthermore, the consultants Red Clay hires are paid most with Local and federal funds. If the state feels school districts needs outside consultants then there should be funding by the state.
We’re asked to trust the school board on this matter but yet this is the same school board “refusing” full financial transparency! They continue to control transparency and continue to play the parents and public for fools!
Hear me well my good friends in Red Clay! Parents will unite and parents will establish a political voice!
This board (except for the two new members) allowed Red Clay to piss million of dollars on their watch! This board refuses to set a timetable for full financial transparency! One by one those board members responsible for the financial meltdown, violation of state bid laws and violation of state charter school approval laws will be pluck of the school board like a warts on a pig’s ass!
Next board election is next May and goodbye to that member! The other’s day will come. Do remember folks, to this day no one was ever held accountable for the Red Clay financial meltdown of 2007!
Stop the lying; it’s about wanting students to attend school in their feeder pattern! Fine, just tell the dam truth! How can this community trust lying administration and lying board members? Show some dam passion and end choice transportation after school year 2010-2011. This give you time to find a way to assigned those old Wilmington High feeder students and find a way to fund Cab and Conrad without alienating other parents.