R.I.P! 83 get RIFF in Christina and 93 more shown the door! Prays for a yes referendum

Yep that is the word on the street! 83 getting RIFF and 93 on temp contracts shown the door.

Folks things are going to get ugly if the referendum doesn’t pass! 

Will Christina be taken over by DE DOE? God help us if that were the case!   

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16 responses to “R.I.P! 83 get RIFF in Christina and 93 more shown the door! Prays for a yes referendum

  1. Now is the time for management to ask and the Union to step up and have some give backs on salary and benefits to save jobs. Just like in the real world.

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    • Really? Whosse world are you in? Company run aground, employers hand out pink slips. Happens everyday! Since when do employees cry “here, take my benefits back!” Please let me be your indentured servant?

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    • You have been inside the educational silo far too long.

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    • Publius e decere

      I think Will G is in the real world and is making a very reasonably proposal. Applying your reaction to this situation, it is CSD which is run aground and handing out pink slips. If the teachers can “collectively” offer up a reduction in compensation cost, then they should. But it seems that in their “collective” wisdom they would rather play Prisoners Dilemma and let their peers be thrown off the island. Unless, of course, they are really not peers after all. I suppose a compulsory “union” is no union at all.

      Publius

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  2. Priority School Districts… the Kobayashi moment…

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  3. Publius e decere

    It is never too late to try and live within District’s means — although CSD has waited until lae in the game and then chose the wrong horse to ride. They own an EMPTY commercial building which they have held onto for more than a decade in the hope that someday they will have more students and might need it — which will require een more money to retrofit it as a school. It is sad to see CSD hold onto that white elephant at taxpayer expense.

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  4. It’s 82 teachers on the current RIF list, and 98 temporary teachers who are done as of June 30. Only God (Publius?) knows how many got excessed letters yesterday. We need to pass the referendum so that every child has a reasonably sized class and a good teacher.
    Tell Publius that CSD owns what he calls the white elephant in conjunction with the State and the state has to approve selling it. Buying it was certainly not a smart decision but we can’t walk that back now. Maybe Publius would like to lease it for when the state lifts the moratorium on new charters?

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  5. Eve Buckley

    Pd, the white elephant has been on the market. But even if/when it sells, the funds go back into capital funds. They wouldn’t help with operational costs, which is what the current ref. is asking for. And the district is living within means now. The question is next yr, when it will have used the reserves from last ref. CSD will cut $1.8 million no matter what, but if the ref fails it needs to cut another $7.7 million. It now pays $20 million to charters/choice (out of roughly $100 mill in local funds), and the total number of CSD-resident students enrolled in public school has increased substantially since the last (2010) ref, due largely to influx from private schools (primarily into charters). So taxpayers can provide funds to cover this shift, with the requested 17% prop tax increase (37 cents per $100k assessed value) or we can start squeezing the students ($630 less in local funds per student, wherever the money is sent–district, charter, Red Clay etc.) I assume you understand all of this and just enjoy a misinformation campaign, but if you want some facts, call a board member or CFO Bob Silber. They’ll explain.

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  6. According to the Christina School Budget presentation they project their enrollment count to be 15,150 students in 2015 school year and they also expect 5,111 to choice-out into charter schools or nearby districts. That’s 1 in 4 students who are leaving Christina Schools for other publicly funded schools. Those are action of no confidence.

    I am ready for the state school board to appoint additional member to Christina School Board for a 2-4 year period, while working alongside the elected school board. That should be long enough for some meaningful change, but short enough to ensure local representation.

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  7. alsonewarkmom

    Pat, those are not actions of no confidence. I know MANY who are moving out to charters because of the false perception that they are better schools. And the perceptions are even more jaded in the lower income areas. These are parents who love their current school…who have kids that graduated from Christina schools. They aren’t looking behind the glossy brochure. If it were really “no confidence” they would stay put, because TPS out perform Charters almost across the board. What the TPS’ have done wrong (or gotten too late in the game) is just marketing. It’s all a marketing game. But that’s what the big business charters banked on. TPS are run by educators…Charters by business men.

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    • A N M,
      I don’t know you and you don’t know me but we both have kids and we both have seen and experienced CSD schools. I don’t know what your children’s experience was but if it satisfied you, then that’s great.

      I can guarantee and undeniably tell you that the experience my children and I had within CSD was certifiably unsatisfactory. The level of counter intuitive education, misplaced prioritization, and lowest common denominator education was stunning. Furthermore, the number of charter parents who are in fact CSD STAFF or WERE STAFF is testament to the rather obvious vote of CSD NO confidence. Your claim of superior TPS performance may hold for some isolated schools but overwhelmingly CSD’s academic and behavioral standards are average at best. Their H/S’s are deplorable with the level of police intervention/ supervision required being tantamount to the inmates running the asylum. Students having to leave primary grade charter’s to attend CSD’s TPS H/S’s routinely report back; the pathetically low level of effort required to fulfill academic endeavors and the lack of behavioral control.

      If you want to drink the TPS’s kool aid, ignoring CSD’s own falling enrollment numbers and believe it is all smoke and mirrors then that is your choice. You truly need to investigate a little further to fully comprehend the difference. My first hand experience with individuals that have experienced both can wholeheartedly vouch that the difference isn’t subtle but more along titanic proportions.

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  8. Pencadermom

    Even if that is true, not all parents are looking for schools who simply out perform another school academically. Some are looking for a school where discipline is enforced. Even if that means kicking out the punks, the most likely to drop out, the kids who have been socially passed for 5 or more years, the kids who have so much anger they can’t help but fight, etc.etc…. (some kids shouldn’t be taking up a seat, teachers time, or other students concentration or level of safety..open ‘Ferris Charter’ and give those kids a fighting chance by way of social workers and counselors and mentors, and watch the people come back to the TPS)
    by the way, Kevin, the name Pencadermom started years before the school closed. I wanted to comment about the school and I couldn’t care less what my name was. I thought about it for about a whole 30 seconds.. about 25 seconds longer than I spend thinking about the things you write.

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  9. Publius e decere

    Minneha,
    “Only God (Publius?) knows …”
    How nice.
    “We need to pass the referendum so that every child has a reasonably sized class and a good teacher.”
    Are you saying that CSD has unreasonably sized classes and bad teachers?
    “Tell Publius that CSD owns what he calls the white elephant in conjunction with the State and the state has to approve selling it.”
    Actually, I think that CSD “owns” this problem outright and that public policy derived from state financing simply ensures that CSD divests it reasonably. Too bad the State didn’t ensure that CSD acquired it reasonably.
    “Buying it was certainly not a smart decision but we can’t walk that back now.”
    Agreed on the lack of smartness, but seriously has CSD even tried to sell it? Really? Listing it over and over is not trying. Listing it for $14-million is really not trying to sell it, it is a dream worthy of Colorado.
    “Maybe Publius would like to lease it for when the state lifts the moratorium on new charters?”
    No. Why would a school lease a factory in an industrial zone, and then pay millions to try and make it seem like a school?

    Eve,
    See the listing-vs-trying comment above. Sure I realize that the proceeds accrue to the capital fund. Which would in turn compel CSD to lower the capital tax rate, which would in turn soften the “net overall tax” blow for the operational increase. Plus, a non-school buyer would start paying school tax 🙂
    “And the district is living within means now.”
    OK. So why is there a 17% tax increase being proposed when the taxpayers’ income has been flat for many years now?
    “I assume you understand all of this …”
    Yes.
    “ … and just enjoy a misinformation campaign …”
    No

    I’m sure Bob Silber is good at his job. But he is not the issue. The board is – in their own Strategic Plan they show a student/teacher ratio of less than 12 which seems awfully unaffordable especially when additional staff is added on top. In that same Plan the board – to its credit – recognizes that it suffers major enrollment defections after 5th and 8th grade. The question is whether or not they can create an environment which turns this around. If not, they may need to liquidate and hand over the district to be divided between RC and Appo. Colonial needs to learn to live without the ventilator before they can play on this field.

    Pat,
    ” I am ready for the state school board to appoint additional member to Christina School Board for a 2-4 year period, while working alongside the elected school board. That should be long enough for some meaningful change …”
    Why work “alongside [of]? Wouldn’t it be better to work “in lieu of”?

    alsonewarkmom,
    “Pat, those are not actions of no confidence …”
    Yes, they are.

    Pencadermom,
    Thanks for making our day once again. You always hit the nail square on the head.

    Publius

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  10. They excessed all secondary librarians…brilliant move. You schools are deteriorating, any knowledgeable parent tries to get their kid out of there, especially by middle school and you are going to have dark libraries …I guess for storage? Ladies and gentlemen…meet the Chester (or pick any inner city) school system except in the suburbs…

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  11. Have they done away with freshman/JV sports? Have they made varsity sports a self funding activity? Is there still EPER for things like the improv troupe club and the agriculture club?

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  12. I think they are all pending the soon to be failed referendum …word is that even if it passes CSD has to cut back on ‘extras’ like the library etc. It is a house of cards. My guess super announces his retirement prior to Dec board vote…board will go out get a super with some big city experience and he/she will continue the cycle.
    In fairness CSD doesn’t have a great tax base ..the biggest employer in the district UD is tax exempt… But they still hire boobs to run it.

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