Q: Why is the district asking for HVAC work at so many of the schools?
A: Most schools will receive badly needed work on its Heating and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC). Projects vary in size, depending on the age of the system and the need for repairs. Five schools need major overhauls, including A.I. High School, A.I Middle School, Brandywine Springs School, Warner Elementary School and Dickinson High School. These systems were not included in the last capital referendum, which was approved by voters in 2002. At that time, the systems were functioning. However, like many systems in our own homes, they have since reached or surpassed their life cycle and cannot sufficiently heat in the winter or cool in the late spring and summer. The district is constantly making minor repairs and replacing parts on the older systems. New and upgraded systems will be more reliable and require less maintenance. In addition to making schools more comfortable, the district expects to save substantial dollars in utility costs as the outdated systems are made more energy efficient.
Yes there was a major capital referendum in 2002 and I voted for it even for the new North Star school. Trying to age all the renovations and equipment to the year 2002 is bullshit. How many years did it take to complete all the renovations? But no big deal! You notice Red Clay didn’t archive the details of the last referendums. They laid it all out which buildings was going to get this and that down to how many interior doors. Yea yea there isn’t enough room on the server. Fine ! So why not put those files back you to show the community exactly what was done. But yes equipment such as HVAC does need to be replaced. I am not sure if the referendum with be a two question ballot. One for these needed repairs and the other for the new school on Graves Road. I’ve been waiting for the department of election to post sample ballot. I’ll vote for those renovations but will not for a new elementary school when there are seats available in Red Clay’s Wilmington schools Also the new dual language charter school that for sure will be approved will bring Lewis school to its knees. Lewis is at 73% capacity now and once that new charter school opens 2013-2014 school years Lewis population will fall big time below 50%. Shortlidge another Red Clay city school is at 54.4% and Warner at 86.7%
Q: What happens if the referendum does not pass?
A: The unfortunate reality is that the district will not be able to make much-needed repairs at buildings and will have to consider other options for over-crowding, including readjusting feeder patterns in most elementary schools to shift the population to our schools in the city. This would be disruptive to all of our schools, and impact important programs in place at our city schools. The district must also reconsider the K-8 Brandywine Springs model and continue to rent or add additional trailers at other schools?
Red Clay is out to build a Camelot neighborhood school zone for the suburbs and seems not to give a rat’s ass about neighborhood middle and high school for the city kids! And they have some nerve asking city Red Clay taxpayers to foot yet another school building in the suburbs on top of Brandywine Springs and North Star and let’s not forget the maintenance of those buildings. VOTE no on the new school and remind the district fair and equitable education means all students. I can see why the Hispanic / Latino wants their own dual language school. So who now gets screwed again? Don’t count on the righteous men of Wilmington to step up! Some are too busy trying to save an old but important school building in Hockessin thats been empty or over 50 years and are blind to the injustices at schools that currently have students within. Sister! Make your stand and be heard.