Christina School district is ready for the future! Vote yes!

How can Christina move forward if many hold it back because of disastrous Wise administration? Yes there is politics in the mist of this however,  extracurricular activities are at stake and path-forward for  education programs.

Like I said before, I’ve went toe-to-toe and eye-to-eye with Bob A when he was super at Red Clay. The process that brought him as acting superintendent could be questioned. However, he is here and he has the skills to make a difference. One thing for sure is, the process for selecting the permanent super better be more transparent. You got a beef with him? Call him! You got a beef with school board get your ass to a board meeting and tell them! I’ll tell you one thing, I have more respect for people who can look me in the eye and state their position.  

Honestly, what Christina has been due to the Wise administration, it like trying to raise the Titanic. What kind of fool would want to be skipper of this ship? The Wise administration sunk Christina deep and it took years to payoff bailout loans.  

One the brightest spots in Christina is a board member named John Young who can hold feet to the fire and board member bold enough to stand alone and expose Governor Markell’s Wall Street education ponzi scheme. We need board member bold enough the question internal and external agendas. The danger is a school board all going in one direction via a political agenda seeded in their superintendent. John Young is a pit-bull and bless him for have the courage to stand up. 

We’re coming down to the bewitching-hour re: referendum! It’s no joke about the possibility of more program cuts like sports and other extracurricular activities and don’t kid yourself, failed referendum = more educational programming cut.

Do we need more kids on the streets whereas they would be better of engaged in extracurricular activities? Do we want more dropouts and students held back a grade? Well that’s what we’ll get with another failed referendum! 

Positive changes have been made in Christina and we need not beat children! I’ll be the first to say, here with go with its for the kids referendum campaign battle cry! And I love the one, just a cup of coffee a day!  Yea we know 82 teachers might be hired back if the referendum passes! Well isn’t that what we need, more teachers and smaller class-sizes? 

So vote yes to keep kids off the street by ensuring sports programs aren’t lost and vote yes for more teachers and better leadership vision.     

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39 responses to “Christina School district is ready for the future! Vote yes!

  1. Kilroy has jumped the shark and proved his irrevelence. As a champion of transparency you are advocating for the passing of one of the least transparent referenda in recent history. You trumpet your buddy JY as a great equalizer who just so happened to take down his ‘transparent’ site just as the referendum was getting under way. Your ass kissing of Bob A for all the (shorterm) work he is doing is blackened by the fact they are asking for millions of dollars that they A) wont tell the public what it is used for B) Dont know what they are used for.

    Kilroy – you are the new poster child for the Delaware Way – promote your ‘friends’ and dont look behind the curtain.

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  2. Arthur… Apparently you are not in the loop… Duh.. you say the exact equivalent of: … “I’m sick of going to Wawa cause everytime I go to that damn place, it costs me $20 dollars to put gas in my car.. I’m not putting gas in my car anymore!!!!”

    ….totally oblivious to the harm it will cause you when your last fume is spent….

    Smart people say… “Hmm.. I will need to put gas in my car at some point, and now gas is cheaper, I’d better fill up now…”

    Those scenarios correctly demonstrate the two sides fighting against and for the referenda being held across this state…

    Hopefully Trump will be elected and put all those voting “no” on referenda these past two decades into concentration camps . Then, we will have good schools. Bottom line of all this, is that ANYONE who doesn’t vote YES on the referendum is ill-informed.

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    • “Bottom line of all this, is that ANYONE who doesn’t vote YES on the referendum is ill-informed.”

      -So sayeth the socialist / Alinsky inspired. The so called “informed” have yet to prove that society can tax its way to prosperity or educate those who refuse to be educated. Schools costing triple what they should because of prevailing wages (unions) and automatic step increases (unions) which were claimed to be required to insure high quality education to ALL students have failed. We just haven’t spent enough yet eh, comrade?

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    • lastDEconservative

      … komrade …

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  3. I’m still waiting on KO’s auditing of CSD financials to the same level as some of his charter evaluations. Several of you applauded his efforts against charters as noble. OK…, where is the reciprocal scrutiny? You’ll target charters (who are the status quo TPS’s enemy) but when a TPS district offers their “it’s for the children” “New Christina”, WEEELLLLL then it must be all on the up and up?

    The CSD board oversaw Wise, it oversaw Lowery, Lyles and Mr. Williams. The superintendent serves at the discretion of the board and the board in its dysfunction has allowed the district to be rudderless. No doubt, Wise was and is reprehensible but the board (which has little accounting experience but should have) supervised his actions. The board and their influence, or lack thereof, to find good superintendent leadership (that reflects the majority of residents) has left residents with very little trust of competency. Bob A “may” be a good administrator but good enough to, site unseen, raise every resident’s taxes 10-20%?? Did everyone’s salary go up 10-20% in the last 2 years? I know my insurance premiums went up 30% but my income certainly didn’t.

    This is in, no uncertain terms, a case of cart before the horse. The failure of the previous referendums is probably viewed as simply a temporary setback to the TPS status quo MO. JY’s effort to fight the good fight against Markel does not justify the district’s repeated nontransparent ineffectual reform efforts nor does it justify the district’s undeniable failure to provide reasonable educational services at reasonable financial levels. The board continues to operate without actual accountability because it ultimately is OPM. Both the board, and most certainly the district administration need to prove competency before future or expanded resources are allocated. Cutting teachers isn’t competency of district administration. 3 referendums in less than 2 years is just beating the residents into submission.

    JK, you out there? How about legislation to only allow 1 referendum attempt every 2 years? Or is that too stupid of an idea from an unenlightened, cowardly resident who can’t come to your Tuesday breakfasts to glad hand you?

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Unenlightened. Cowardly.”

      The adjective list for the nonbelievers grows two more notches. I’ll happily cop to these two new ones in the context given.

      So, unenlightened, cowardly, stupid, selfish, elitist … I know I’m missing a couple, M, help me out here — or if I’ve got them all, how about an easy reference acronym … SUCES … which looks like success, which is the antithesis of the work product of the elite/elected/sycophant crowd … I like it, if I do say so myself.

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    • LDC -U got most of them except for “racist” since charter supporters are also considered discriminatory based on race even though many charters are multiracial.
      SUCESR (‘successor’ to Markel)? Not bad
      RESCUS (‘rescues’ us from ourselves)?
      SECRUS(secrets)?
      SUCERS(suckers)?
      All could be used derogatorily which I’m sure would be gleefully used by any and all those who believe government is the answer.

      I wonder if Mike O has seen this:

      Quite the contradiction for those who believe it just takes school(tax) money to correct social dysfunctions. Also a contradiction to Kilroy’s assertion that needs based funding and preferential transportation would solve the districts problem. Notice the nicely appointed school in a depressed neighborhood. The SUCERS should just willingly forfeit their taxes for the benefit of those who won’t try. Kansas City schools holds no lesson to those who willingly offer up OPM for no concrete results. Social justice and all that.

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    • lastDEconservative

      SUCERS, suckers, sold!

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    • M Ryder, I haven’t “audited” any charters in about five months, and that wasn’t really an audit, but pointing out how a Delaware Met board member was getting paid through money the school spent on the company he was the CEO for. Sure, I hunt through charter minutes and stuff like that, but most of the stuff I “find” is either because it is in those minutes or because something that should be on their website isn’t. If anything, I do keep a close watch on DOE finances because I think they are the shadiest of the bunch! Sure, I did spend three whole days with very little sleep going through EVERYTHING with Family Foundations, and that actually helped the school (and the auditor I believe) in the long run, Although I have been working on a US DOE thing but that is a long-term project. The last time I questioned a contract was actually w/Christina and their board wound up tabling the proposed contract based on the work I did. I don’t have the time to hunt and peck through every single charter school’s transactions. If I should happen to be elected as a board member at Capital, you better believe I will take a VERY close look at their financials. But this perception that I am the “non-official charter auditor” doesn’t really hold water. In the end though, it’s not like the state of Delaware is in a rush to press charges against the perps that do steal from schools.

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    • If anything, I’ve been fighting for ALL Delaware public schools to get basic special education funding for students in K-3 lately. I think it is abhorrent schools don’t get that funding, district and charter alike. I also believe that has led to issues with some charters in the past, which you could say is why I even blog. I’ve changed a lot of my stances on charters as I no longer believe the goal is to convert every traditional district school into a charter. I think there are much bigger fish to fry these days, and that is what I’m really concentrating on.

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  4. Schools must be funded. If they are (or have been) poorly managed, remove the managers (board members) – vote them out, wholesale. But schools must be funded. Realistically, you get what you pay for. And if you don’t like the results, vote them out. But to continuously vote against their referenda, while not removing those who manage the budget, you are hamstringing not those who run the district, but students. So you can hold your breath and count to 50 and say, “No, I’m not voting for this,” while at the same time electing the same board members over and over again, or you can do something differently. Or you can continue to have a district that has a net-loss of students to choice-out to other districts.

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    • Publius e decere

      John,

      CSD’s last referendum passed in 2010. It raised the operating tax rate from $1.07 top $1.42 (up by 32.7%) phased in from fiscal years 2011-2013, and since then it has been flat at $1.42.

      Inflation (as CPI) has been running at 1.7% per year since 2010 (based on the latest-available CPI annual data for 2015).

      When viewed from this year (fiscal 2016), CSD’s 2010 tax increase has delivered an average increase of 4.8% year over the past six years. (Compounded, that comes to the 32.7% noted above). That is nearly THREE TIMES the inflation rate over a sustained period of six years. Said differently, if we were to wait for that 2010 increase to equate to the inflation rate, before asking for another increase, we would have to wait until 2026.

      If the 2016 referendum passes (i.e., add another $0.30 to the current rate), then when viewed from next year (fiscal 2017), CSD’s 2010 operating tax increase PLUS the 2016 operating tax increase will “together” have delivered an average annual increase of 7.0% since 2010. With inflation at 1.7%, that would mean that CSD’s operating tax rate would be increasing at more that FOUR TIMES the inflation rate over the past seven years. Which could only be an “inflation recovery” tax if it were to be the last increase until 2037.

      CSD might very well “need” the funds. But laying off their case on “inflation” is not adequate nor even respectful of the public. CSD must makes its case for a new rate of taxation — of which the current rate already far exceeds the rate of inflation – on a basis other than “inflation recovery”.

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      Or if mathematical analysis is not your bag, try this brilliant high level point made on another thread in response to a denizen’s contention that another tax increase would break her bank (maybe her back, too, but bank for sure).
      ____________________________
      With sufficient sympathy for your financial condition, I’ll disagree with your conclusions as to the use of (limited) funds. There would be money to buy every teenage baseball player a Mickey Mantle autographed bat if the govt schooling (not education) leviathan focused on kids and good old fashioned American education, and the kids there to get it. Period.

      Three R classes, phys ed, true/honest history, pledge of allegiance (to the flag and the nation, not to it’s demise), *gasp* prayer … hold on while I get MY anti skewer gear on … You get the point.

      End self esteem classes, political correctness, indoctrination, pep rallies for collaboration instead of self development, participation trophies … and this is just for the teachers. 😉

      Put a few adults in charge of each school, and I don’t mean chronologically. Eliminate legions and layers of educrats above school level getting paid to make it worse, then more to fix what they just did. Close down the laundries and the psychiatrists offices. Quit babysitting at dawn and dark. Send the kids that are unwilling and/or unable away from those that are one or both. Start school at age 6, maybe 5 for the gifted (!), not at birth. Judge teachers, then react as results indicate (see “adults” above).

      There’s more, but this would free up enough hard earned money of yours and mine that we could continue both HBO and ShowTime AND go to Outback at least once a week. I dare say, if the above solution were effected (instead of WEIC*, for example, sigh) for say, two or three years, you’d have a higher paying job in offing, thanks to new business in the community, not to an old one that stayed because YOU ALSO PAID THEM to stay. Don’t forget that Marxell funded Bloom, Fisker, DuPont, et.al., when you’re deciding whether to add caller ID to the home phone service, or if your child can have pizza for her birthday.

      * Please, disabuse yourself of the notion that “reforming the way schools are funded” is noble, or worthy, or productive. It’s just another smoke screen, another verse of the lullaby, another (admittedly brilliant) distraction. When the bell rings and the kids come in, the path of the dollar that turns on the lights (65¢ in 47 other states, but I digress) matters not … it still originated from your effort in the workplace.

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  6. john kowalko

    My God, seems to be a gathering of uninformed, psychologically challenged “dolts” on this site. What do you call a gathering of “dolts” ? Let’s see a “murder” of crows, a “gaggle” of geese. How about a “wit” of “nits”? (Half and dim e.g.)
    John Kowalko

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  7. As all can see from the evidence offered here on this thread by M. Ryder,. those opposing this referendum are indeed, ill-informed.

    Busted…. 🙂

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  8. Publius e decere

    Kilroy,

    John Young is the problem, not a shining light. He has been on the board for, what, six years now which coincides closely with the rate of taxation increasing at three times the inflation rate since he took his seat at the table. And what do we have to show for his time served? Is enrollment up? Are student outcomes up? After six years has he divested title to the empty vacant idle solar panel factory which the district owns? No. He is good at one thing — complaining. He is quick to post tweets and FB calling the national PTA leaders a “B”. Quick to take RTTT money and then decline to implement the requirements that came with it. Quick to blame the messenger for clear failures in his district. Enrollment is down, the district was cited by the Feds for evident discrimination in the way it conducted discipline, and everyone wants CSD out of the city.

    Where’s the beef?

    The fastest path to passing the referendum is for John Young to commit to immediately resign the morning following the vote if it passes. Not after validation. Not after his term is up. The next morning. THAT will bring out the voters to help the district. To ensure the success of this gambit, he should enlist Ms Saffer to join him in immediate resignation. Their dual next-day resignation commitment would guarantee a successful referendum.

    It’s worth a try.

    Publius

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    • I park it where I shouldn't

      From Delaware’s master elitist and hater of parents in poverty and all children with special needs.

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  9. Publius e decere

    https://kilroysdelaware.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/christina-school-district-is-ready-for-the-future-vote-yes/#comment-71714

    Let’s go for it. The following offers should be made public, in writing, prior to 8-am on Election Day:

    In exchange for a YES vote on the Christina Referendum:

    1. John Young tenders his conditional resignation … confirming his resignation effective with a positive nominal vote in support of the Referendum.. Not subject to validation. Just a simple man-up-obligation to resign if the voters have truly spoke to support the Referendum.

    2. Shirley Saffer does the same as John Young. Assuming the man-up part is “gender-up”

    3. E. C. Paige offers to resign same as Saffer.

    THIS is the INCENTIVE for voters to come to the polls — and vote on the Referendum. The voters MIGHT be willing to grant another far-beyond-inflation tax increase PROVIDED THAT the prior board members (Young, Saffer, Paige) admit their culpability and incapability by resigning promptly and without discourse.

    I think this is a straightforward case of taking one for the team.

    PLEASE OFFER TO RESIGN AS SET FORTH IN THIS BLOG COMMENT:
    — John Young
    — Shirley Saffer
    — E. C.Paige

    Take one for the team. Offer you resignation for the greater good.

    Publius

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  10. Publius e decere

    JOHN YOUNG: Post your conditional resignation here:

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    • I hereby conditionally resign myself, in the event of Referendum success an unfathomable amount of pity, disdain, and despair for all who subscribe to Publius’ classist, arrogant, and vile beliefs, with a touch of glee, If we lose: the same, minus the glee.

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    • Glee!

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    • Publius e decere

      Six hours prior to the polls closing. While most everyone was at work and not on blogs. Thank you for your brave stance.

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    • Publius e decere

      Think about the gift horse, BJ. And make something of it.

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    • That’s rich coming from the guy who puts his bottle down before the clock strikes midnight so he can get some jabs in on a blog.

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  11. Publius e decere

    SHIRLEY SAFFER: Post your conditional resignation here:

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  12. Publius e decere

    ELIZABETH PAIGE: Post your conditional resignation here:

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  13. Publius, could you be any more of a complete and ignorant jerk? Is that what the board at CSW did to you? Demand your “conditional resignation”?

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  14. john kowalko

    Publius
    You are an unmitigated, unapologetic and uninformed a**hole and your unforgivable and belligerent attitude toward public education and the welfare of children in public education can only lead to one conclusion. Your are a petty little man with absolutely no convictions or courage of convictions (that you might choose to reluctantly embrace). You have no moral compass or moral fiber and you are a pathetic shell of a cowardly figure who hopes no one will notice the vapid and remorseless attacks on true “public servants” that you espouse. Begone waste of human flesh before you infect the healthy tissue of a productive and caring society with your societal necrosis of hatred.
    Representative John Kowalko

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    • Publius e decere

      Actually John, it is my absolute support for a high performing public school system which motivate my advocacy. You can disparage me — a citizen of Delaware — to your cold heart’s content but you have to admit that my voice is as valid as any other concerned citizen in this state. It is you who have the bias against those unlike yourself. “a**hole” is a comment truly unbecoming of a “Representative”.

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      Kowalkspeare at his best (best). A wonder to behold.

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  15. And before Kilroy passes judgment on me for what I wrote, Publius goes way beyond any realm of public decency. He has disparaged many on this blog for years now and it continues. He hides behind his anonymity like the coward he is. Based on what he wrote, I can see where he gets a lot of his information now. Makes sense. But he takes that information and dips it in his disgusting and vile vat of hatred and spews it out. He has made fun of my special needs child, defended a system of discrimination and racism to the extent that many people are so disgusted by him that they can’t stomach seeing his name, and he seems to think he is an honorable man. Deluded fools do what he does. If that is his idea of “choice”, I want to part of it.

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  16. john kowalko

    Pubie,
    Hundreds of shoes worn over your trolling career and they all seem to fit. “IF THE SHOE (size A*) FITS, WEAR IT.
    Representative John Kowalko

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