Some Red Clay Consolidated School District residents are worried plans to redistrict Wilmington schools will end up leading to a tax increase.
That’s the message members of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission got in a town hall Monday night that drew more than 50 people.
Damn right taxes will go up! But the real concern should be the impact the merger will have on student services and achievement! Red Clay doesn’t have the capacity to fix Wilmington’s problems.
The question that looms largest: How can Red Clay get the resources it needs to take over inner-city schools? City schools require more funding to care for the extra needs its students have, but the city’s tax base isn’t as fruitful as the suburbs.
Some in Monday’s audience fear the state will place the burden on Red Clay taxpayers.
Exactly ! The state will provide seed money but once gone all defaults on local taxpayers! Just like with Race to The Top. Also, the state failed to make good on Priority school funding as promised. Markell’s Dover clones are telling the district to use federal Title 1 funding.
“If this is implemented and we do redistricting, what do you perceive the impact is going to be on taxes spread across the district?” asked resident Dick Saunders, pointing out that voters in Red Clay just this year approved raising taxes for schools.
The commission members said they didn’t have definite answers yet because the planning process had just started. But Kenny Rivera, one of the commission’s vice chairs and the Red Clay school board president, said he’s keenly aware of those concerns.
“We’re up here as taxpayers and residents, too,” Rivera said. “My hope is that Red Clay taxpayers will not be responsible for this.”
Red Clay shouldn’t agree to anything until the funding question is answered!
Dan Rich, a University of Delaware professor who is advising the commission, said he didn’t expect to have every single question answered by that deadline.
Then the plan should not go forward !
“If we decide that we need more time, we will be sure to tell you how to contact state leaders to help us ask for that,” said Elizabeth Lockman, the committee’s other vice-chair.
Why wouldn’t the committee tell state leaders we need more time?
Three more town hall meetings are scheduled: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Cab Calloway School of the Arts; 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Sarah Pyle Academy; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Eden Support Services Center.
It doesn’t matter the merger is going to happen and there is nothing anyone can do! Markell owns the Delaware Republican legislators. There is no political opposition to his wrongheaded agenda.