Daily Archives: February 7, 2012

Planning board member aka CSN teacher says vote not conflict of interest?

MUNICIPAL CODE
City of
NEWARK, DELAWARE

Codified through
Ordinance No. 11-27, enacted December 12, 2011.
(Supp. No. 80)

(a)  No councilman or other official or employee, whether paid or unpaid, shall engage in any business or transaction or shall have a financial or other personal interest, direct or indirect, which is incompatible with the proper discharge of his official duties in the public interest or would tend to impair his independence of judgment or action in the performance of his official duties. Personal as distinguished from financial interest includes an interest arising from blood or marriage relationships or close business or political association

Provided, that upon request from any person with official responsibility with respect to the matter, any such person who has such a personal or private interest may nevertheless respond to questions concerning any such matter.

(b) A person has an interest which tends to impair his independence of judgment in the performance of his duties with respect to any matter when:

(1) Any action or inaction with respect to the matter would result in a financial benefit or detriment to accrue to the person or a close relative to a greater extent than such benefit or detriment would accrue to others who are members of the same class or group of persons; or

(2) The person or a close relative has a financial interest in a private enterprise which enterprise or interest would be affected by any action or inaction on a matter to a lesser or greater extent than like enterprises or other interests in the same enterprise.

(c) In any case where a person has a statutory responsibility with respect to action or inaction on any matter where he has a personal or private interest and there is no provision for the delegation of such responsibilities to another person, the person may exercise responsibility with respect to such matter provided that promptly after becoming aware of such conflict of interest, he files a written statement with the board of ethics fully disclosing the personal or private interest and explaining why it is not possible to delegate responsibility for the matter to another person.

(Ord. No. 88-37, Amend. No. 2, 12-12-88; Ord. No. 93-3, Amend. Nos. 2, 3, 2-8-93)

Hey Meece, conflit d’intérêts ! ici vient le juge !

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“Another” incident at Glasgow High School?

One of my reliable young Ninjas sent a smoke signal that there was another inappropriate incident involving a Glagow High School teacher and student. Police are involved. It’s another incident reported on the heals of press release made yesterday re: other incident. 

We’ve seen it before like at Penn State once the ice cracks more fall in.

I give my little Ninja reliability 80% All is rumored until you see it in the press. I suspect the school leader will issue another message on the school website.

To all Delaware students again, please report these types of incidents that happen to you or a friend to the police. It’s up to you to protect other children that are victimized by this growing social cancers.

At this point it a very strong rumor and I hope its wrong!

YIKES ! Movement to stop expansion of Newark Charter School

Communities 4 Education

Communities 4 Education is a group of concerned parents and community members who advocate for equal public education for all Delaware Students.

CURRENT COMMUNITY ISSUE:

The proposed expansion of the Newark Charter School to include a high school challenges our ideals that public education should be equal and equitable for all students.

PLEASE ACT NOW to STOP this proposed expansion! Send a letter oremail to state leaders.  Tell them that you oppose the Newark Charter expansion!  Attend the March 12 meeting and voice your concerns!

Sign the Online Petition!  Click HERE!

Yo ! Folks the Newark Zoning Commission has nothing to do with the charter school question and protest will not stop any zoning decision. How about taking the the issues to Jack Markell or the Delaware Department of Education? Stop pissing in the wind!

Markell’s Wall Street K12.Inc butt buddies being sued

Hagens Berman Investigates K12 Inc., Informs Investors of Lead Plaintiff Deadline 

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Jan. 30, 2012, claims that K12 and certain of its officers issued false statements regarding the true financial condition and outlook of the company. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the company failed to disclose that it passed students regardless of their performance and issued false statements about the performance of its students compared to other traditional schools.

Markell hired Wall Street butt buddies being sued

Governor Markell’s Wall Street Education Connection Grows

Another Markell Wall Street connection with finger in RTTT pie.

Did Delaware State Legislators turn a blind-eye to Markell’s Moyer / K12.Inc shell game

Why is DEDOE holding back on Moyer’s financial reports?

More on Red Clay’s capital referendum

How does this impact my tax bill?
The average homeowner will see varying amounts on their bills as the bonds are paid off over 20 years. As existing bonds (from 2003) are paid off, taxpayers will see a decrease in their taxes. With the sale of new bonds for the proposed referendum, tax bills will peak in year 4 with an average increase of $44.10 and by year 20 will decrease $71.47

In 10 more year the bond issued as a result of the last successful Red Clay capital referendum approved by the voters March 6, 2002 will be paid in full. So for the next 10 years Red Clay taxpayers will be carrying two bonds.

 How will the district monitor construction and keep the public informed on progress?

Capital expenditures will be reviewed by the district Community Financial Review Committee, which is now in its fourth year of existence. Monthly reports will be posted on the CFRC website. The Facilities Committee will also monitor construction and give quarterly reports to the board and public. District publications will include updates

Capital improvements or not Red Clay does put contract bid notice and approvals on line as part school board agendas. Also, during capital improvements underway Red Clay also post change orders with details to reasons

What happens if the new school question on the ballot does not
pass?
The district will be forced to consider other options to address overcrowding at elementary schools, such as adjusting feeder patterns at elementary schools, reconsidering BSS as a K-8 school, removing programs at city schools (Pre-K, Parent Centers, Boost Up, and Small
Class Size)

Code for more portable classroom for the suburban schools and less programs for the city schools. To me this district comment seems like telling the city taxpayers if you don’t vote yes for a new school we’ll get you back. As you see no reference to busing suburban Red Clay students into the empty seats in Wilmington. Yea fire the BSS parents up with that comment! Another way to trump city voters.

Why aren’t you building a bigger school?
Projections show that a 600 seat school will ease overcrowding in the area and accommodate future growth. The land owned by the district, roughly 14 acres, would not support a school much larger than 600 seats. Also, research shows that a 600 student elementary school is ideal.

See this from the Community News January 25, 2011

“The school, which would serve kindergarteners through eighth-graders, would be built off Graves Road if funding is approved through a referendum.”

See this Red Clay backpedaling on new K-8 school, now PreK-5 ? Originally Red Clay wanted the Graves Road school to be K-8 / 90000 sq ft. then backpedaled when it was pointed-out another middle school for the suburbs and still none for the city. So now it’s K-5 at 70,000 sq ft. What the land support is all about smoke and mirrors.

And what about the seats that will come available as a result of this More on the demise Red Clay’s Lewis schools dual-language program

Back in 2007 the Red Clay community was at an all time low in the trust factor of the district re: financial meltdown. The taxpayers had to step-up with a “operational” referendum and bailout the financial mismanagement of the district. However the community reshaped the school board and former super retired. Taxpayers shouldn’t be in the business of wiping the asses of failed leadership.

We need to maintain our existing schools and though they are aging the fact remains since build each school have received repairs, expansion and upgrades along the way. Proper preventative maintenance helps stretch the life of equipment such as boilers. I doubt we’ll ever agree to knock existing buildings down and rebuild but we must agree to maintain what we have. As far as a new additional school, I question this move. We forget though this capital referendum wants to build a new school on Graves Road we are forgetting the “operational” financial pressure that will be needed to support that school, just as with Brandywine and North Star Elementary. From an operational perspective Red Clay is moving towards deficit spending which had increased do to Markell’s state budget cuts. If this new school is built it means an “operational” referendum will be sooner than later. Sorry if students must be bused in to Wilmington elementary schools but city middle and high school resident students have been bused for years. Perhaps the best solution for the Hockessin / Pike Creek area is a charter school. This gives them a community school and takes pressure off of Red Clay who appears to lack capacity to manage   school Choice and building capacities.

Historically Red Clay referendums don’t pass the first round. With Brandywine Springs it actually failed twice and was never approved by the voters. The district got “creative” in funding Brandywine Springs and you see how Red Clay creativity caused a financial meltdown. North Star took two votes after a bitter battle within the community. In the end it’s always the more involved affluent people who win and more power to them. Every community rich and poor can have equal voice if they use it! The civil rights movement wasn’t started by the affluent and those who think equality has arrived need to get a reality check. Building Camelot schools for some and keeping others on the bus wasn’t part of the promise. Perhaps its time to cut Wilmington four school districts into two or one school district for New Castle County with Choice transportation for all students

If Red Clay were to go with a referendum addressing the capital needs of existing   schools without the Trojan Horse (Graves Road School) it might be in a better position. So if the referendum fails twice perhaps lets blame the district administration. If they care about kids perhaps they should have used better logic when asking for more funds. Many in the community are hurting and let’s not forget businesses pay school taxes and renters pay school taxes through their rent. Did Red Clay administrators get wage increases at the same time mangers in business were laid of or forced to take a 10% pay cut?

Perhaps let’s think of what we have to prevent greater cost. I glad the vote is a two part question. Maybe don’t destroy what we have but question what we might not need right yet. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Renovations has been updated with useful information.