Red Clay board members bitch-slaps Merv over WEAC and more!

School board members are raising major concerns about Red Clay taking over Christina schools in which the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee is calling for!  In a nutshell Red Clay doesn’t have the capacity to effectively take over Christina’s Wilmington school! It seems Merv is in the surrender mode whereas can’t fight Dover. But school board members particularity Rivera and Thompson are demanding answers to question as to what about funding?? 

Thompson called out Merv on priority school funding Markell promised for Red Clay’s priority schools. Well guess what! The ain’t no state funding! The Money Markell was blowing his horn about is reallocating Red Clay “district” Title 1 funding shifting more to the priority schools aka no schools of greatest needs and less to other Title 1 programs throughout the district! It’s a fucking $$$ shell game!  

Thompson is on the ball! Merv said “I don’t know where it’s coming from” re: Priority funding! Big confusing on where the priority funding is coming from! So in the meantime the district must back-fill Priority Schools with local and Title 1 funding until Markell delivers on his promise!  Thompson says, ” I feel duked”. 

As far as Red Clay taking over Christina’s Wilmington’s school, board member Thompson said, there should be referendum to redistrict.  Makes sense to me!  

Mark my words! If Red Clay takes on some of Christina’s Wilmington schools Red Clay will implode under the weight! More referendum!  Not enough money to maintain current programs! RED CLAY DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY to handle more school particularly high needs schools.

Other news, Conrad didn’t receive state funding for their wellness center.


7 responses to “Red Clay board members bitch-slaps Merv over WEAC and more!

  1. And this is exactly how they planned it. Markell and Allen knew Red Clay couldn’t possibly sustain those schools. Not with what’s coming in the budget next year. But here we have SB122, giving the State Board authority to redistrict. It doesn’t specify Red Clay. WEIC will override WEAC with a recommendation all Wilmington schools become charter schools. Sure, the General Assembly and the Governor will have to sign off on the State Board’s decision to give all the schools to charters. And that is when we find out what kind of integrity and honest our General Assembly truly is. Anyone who votes for this charterization of Wilmington will be showing their true colors once and for all…


  2. Who really controls and pays for those schools? The whole state tax base or the local tax payers? If there was ever a referendum piece this is it.


  3. After voting lock step yes to take the deal and sign the MOU…just calling it like it is. Red Clay got played this time. But those who were complicit don’t get to complain.

    They should apologize, and pledge to not make mistake again. The mistake being to trust our Governor.


  4. Will RC property owners continue to provide funding to CSD and Colonial?


  5. “In a nutshell Red Clay doesn’t have the capacity to effectively take over Christina’s Wilmington school!”

    NOBODY DOES!! because the problems and difficulties are NOT educational in nature. They are societal and as I have repeatedly commented, tasking school personnel, school districts, or DOE with managing, improving, correcting or solving the problems is folly. It is profoundly absurd to expect the educational system to be the mechanism of effective change in these areas. RC residents should be preparing to tar and feather any individual who claimed they could “carry” the priority schools. How convenient it was disclosed AFTER their referendum. Would it have passed if they knew they might have to pay for more priority schools while siphoning off resources from their other schools? Doubtful.

    The mechanism of subsidizing social services for dysfunctional and damaged youth via suburban and residential educational funds is categorically a failure. The cost to address the social problems outweigh the resources available for the educational departments.

    Who should be paying for them is a good question since Mr. Baker seemed to think it was everyone ELSE that should be paying (er..: “investing in”) rather than a city collecting city wage taxes.


    • lastDEconservative

      “The mechanism of subsidizing social services for dysfunctional and damaged youth via suburban and residential educational funds is categorically a failure.”

      My, oh, my. What a profundity hath M uttered this time!

      I could only humbly add that the perhaps greater tragedy is that “the mechanism of subsidizing … ” is one of the greatest perpetrations hidden-in-plain-sight from the great unwashed by the elite/elected in the history of, well, perpetrations hidden in plain sight.

      Huzzah, M.


  6. MRyder,
    Could not have said that better. All this haggling over charters or no charters, school choice etc….is as you point out a distraction. Kudos