Northern District would consist of Brandywine, Christina, Colonial and Red Clay eliminating 363 managers positions saving $22,797.138. See report for other consolidations.
I have mixed feeling of a radical plan as proposed. However, we need to address public school spending and make it more efficient.
What are our choices in rasing and saving monies for public education? Do we eliminate the senior discount? Do we eliminate extracurricular activities such as sports? I know one thing for sure, we have too many people managing public education and its out of control.
One advantage with such consolidation would be greater student choice and more efficient transportation. Perhaps the City of Wilmington can have a high school.
Public education in Delaware consumes over one thrid the state’s budget and is getting more demanding. What other choices are there? Eliminate property taxes and go with an education sales tax?
The big downside would put into question local school tax rates. They would have to be reformulated to equalize them within new districts. However, if the overall assessment would indicate a higher tax rate we would have a conflict with the Delaware State Constitution that would require a referendum of voters within the new districts. Another big concern is when there is a need for a referendum. Would a larger school district be a hinderance to succesful referendums?
This issue is very complex and surely those whose jobs would be eliminated will put up a fight. Teachers jobs will stay intact because of laws governing allocation of teaching units. The bottom-line is, management will get the ax.
Another issue would be school boards! How do you get fair representation from across a larger school district? What happens to the community voice and impact on parental involvement? Certainly theses districts would need a proactive parent and community liaison not on a puppet string within the districts.
In case you didn’t know, there is a major budget crisis coming for next year and the federal stimulus is short-term. The taxpayers will not tolerate feeling more pain. My guess education will be asked to take a 100 million dollar cut and school districts such as Red Clay and Christina will take a hard hit. All the bitching and complaining to your legislators won’t save us this time. Markell may be forced to ask state workers to take another pay cut. But this time I feel there will be layoffs and in the case of school districts it may mean cuts in after school activities. Academics must come first.
I’ve been doing a lot of busting on Governor Markell and don’t blame him for this crsis. However, he knew what he was getting into and is skipper’s change agent.
FYI you charter moms and dads, unfortunately charter will feel the pain.
I think its time for Markell and Dover to come clean on possible cuts in education.