King Arthur tries to knock Kilroy of his Christina referendum horse

Arthur

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.

Come on Arthur put Excalibur back in the stone! The community cries there is no transparency in Christina yet, Christina records their board meeting, put out their financial data for all to see compounded by the state putting out the PC card expenditures  online! WHAT IS NOT TRANSPARENT ? Wait !!

Are you talking about Bob A appointment to acting super? Did someone courage him? Did his appointment bump another potential acting super candidate out?

You and “you do know” I’ve looked Bob in the eye and said “fuck you” over the TFA contract! As far as my history with Bob it goes back 20 year in education and I put his feet to the fire over Title 1. HE DELIVERED ! Prior to Conrad magnet school being publicly announced, Bob and I met and I demanded the current feeder-pattern kids get preferences and that preference still stands! A high power board member tried to nix the bury it! Kim William stepped up to the plate and made sure it was in public view. HOWEVER, its up to parents to play the card! When I insisted a community meeting with some highly involved parents and civil rights leader not be on Bob turf with him stilling behind his desk but rather at my house, he honored that request. Old Ted was flipping saying , we can’t make such “demands” of the super! Well we did and he came! Then there was Title 1 concerns and demands were presented! Bob delivered and my ace in the whole was Ron Houston. Shit, I had support from Washington! 

Not many people know this about Bob and since he said it public I’ll repeat. But for starters Bob grew up two blocks away for where I did. He lived in Woodcrest and I in Bestfield and he knew better than to ride his bike on my neighborhood :). However, Bob loss both his parents before he was out of high schools and some of his loving neighbors ripped him off. Bob made sure his sister got through school and both walked across the college stage receiving diplomas with mom or dad cheering them on!

Bob is hard and can be a hard ass! However, Bob does know some hardships. If someone wants to nail Bod to the wall because of $$ compensation. Fine but let’s do to all the supers! Administrative paid is an issue! So perhaps the school boards through out the state put a cap on administrative pay?

Red Clays admin has been getting raises nearly every year during the recession!

Now back to the referendum! If this referendum doesn’t past Christina will go into financial recovery and a state takeover is likely! But you can bet the farm the state will bring a for profit organization and you did see what happen to Moyer!

If this referendum doesn’t pass extracurricular activities will be cut and will put kids on the street! And extra education programs will be cut!

So of someone has a beef with Bob! Put up for the kids and demand Bob’s removal and demand certain board members  STEP DOWN!

As far as John Young!!! We differ but we know we each have passion for what we do! I am sure he’ll pick apart some of what I wrote. But the friendship is solid!

Christina School District is on near financial life-support and many kids who see sports as possible way out or to college scholarship may have dream shot to hell with program cut! And once again it will be the minorities taken the hardest hit. Can you imagine Newark High School without a football team! Yea Yea!! It will be if you want to play your mommy and daddy has to pay because there is no district money! And again who suffers? Shit is bringing back 82 laid off teachers a crime?? Is lower class sizes a crime!

The stone-throwers out there need to grow some ball and go bitch at a board meeting. I am sure John Young would love for you to look in him in the eye.

So to all you Christina parents and residents! Don’t punish children by withholding your YES vote for the referendum! I am telling you, Christina will $$$ bottom-out and the same idiots who took-over Moyer  will be called it! Markell has a love affair with K12Inc.

        

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9 responses to “King Arthur tries to knock Kilroy of his Christina referendum horse

  1. Why are all the areas where cuts are made at the school level by both the districts and our legislators.

    I wonder what would happen if all local and federal funds had to be used in our schools and have the state fund all cost above the schools?

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  2. Kilroy – you totally missed the point. i said nothing about Bob A. I lied him when he was here at red clay. I am calling YOU out for NOT calling out Christina for their 007 like referendum tactics. If the residents of the district (more with out kids in the schools than with) didnt get the robo call against the referenda no one would have known it was happening. Sure you can say website and committee all you want but that is only to target the very select population. As everyone on here will scream ‘its for the kids and even if you dont have a kid its good for the community’ then why not robo call the community yourselves. why not send out the direct mailers like we used to do?

    Come one Kilroy, if you are going to only push the agenda you like when you like it you should shave your head and call yourself lil jack.

    They still havent said what exactly will be cut (3 days before the vote). They have a million dollars they want for something. what that is no one knows.

    and yes, extra curricular activities should come with a price tag for the participants. and if by need they cant afford it, then those who can should pay their fair share.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      ” I lied him when he was here at red clay. ” I assume you “liked” him or was that your subconscious slipping out 🙂

      The referendum issue has been in the main stream media and has been discussed and approved in the public session of the Christina board meeting.
      Many in the community sound like broken records , “no body told me or what didn’t someone tell us”. There is no secret referendum star chamber ! However, the question of school finances and concerns with the referendum is a different story.

      “Come one Kilroy, if you are going to only push the agenda you like when you like it you should shave your head and call yourself lil jack.”

      No is that effective use of I-messages 🙂 I am not bound to take a neutral position on every issue and unlike mainstream media blog allows for open debate and someone in the debate is the truth. As for the kids, it does suck the mechanics that governs public education on the administration as in number of administrators and compensation taints what is for the kids. But the fact remains. if the referendum fails Christina “WILL” go into financial recovery. Float loans from the state is a reality however $$$ depth of the loan is a concern. We’ve heard it before, “it’s for the kids and the cup of coffee a day” bullshit. But in this case Christina will go into financial recovery and the cost of another FRT will bury Christina to the point of a state takeover that will lead to for profit groups knocking at the $$$ door.

      Where is the school level PTA’s communication about referendums? They have no problem getting out the word for fundraisers! No every one has access to the internet but I’ll bet you most that are bitching do! If Christina were to send robo calls to the public about the referendum with the message it’s for the kids and budget cuts if not, the public would cry foul / manipulation in that the message sound just state there will be a referendum.

      I can tell you this, as right as I was about DSTP and Race to The Top, I am telling everyone I am “RIGHT” about Christina heading into financial recover which some call bankruptcy! There are many kids counting on sports college scholarship and it will hurt the less affluent and there are kids chasing the ticket out of poverty via sports. Personally, I say we reached a point where sports need to go back to community based because sooner or later they might just end as part of public education offering.

      I’ve been honest with my relationship with Bob A. And there are very few parents out there that engaged him on a nose to nose relationship. When Z walked away from him I think he took a hard look in the mirror! He had some loyal guards with integrity they refused to surrender. Can he lead Christina out of the darkness ? I say yes but he has to keep the cards on the table and find common ground with all board members.

      You know the issues are very complex and you know Bob A walked into a district that was victimized by Markell who sparked the WEIC and stepped in as rules because board members like John Young wouldn’t kiss his ass! Markell is like a little boy who throws all his toys because his playmates refuse to play by his rules that always leads to his victory. Markell does have a level of low self-esteem and uses his political power to pacify is ego.

      The time to end the referendum process is upon us! And requiring all school to be funded like votech would put the burden on legislators to act more responsible when introducing and enacting education legislation AND get their heads out of the asses in regard to the Delaware Department of Education and Delaware State Board of Education that are nothing more than the extension of governor who serves the likes of Rodel and Bank of America who supports their WEIC agent. The secretary of education and the state board need to be elected position and call it a hint to what’s to come. The drafts are being prepared!

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  3. john kowalko

    There have been some very dishonest and disingenuous tactics used by certain groups outside the Christina community to disenfranchise and misinform you, the voting public, and sway you to oppose the welfare of the children in Christina. A pattern has emerged of persistently and falsely stating that the district is swollen with an unnecessarily large bureaucracy. The documented truth is that in recent years Christina has trimmed its administration staff by a huge number and has markedly fewer administrators than districts with smaller student populations and special needs obligations.
    As of March 4, 2016 the District had 2,615 Employees, and a total of 84 administrators, the majority of whom are professional leaders of schools and programs. Here is the current list of administrators. “Special Schools” include the statewide programs at Delaware School for the Deaf, Delaware Autism Program, and REACH program for students with severe special needs. “Supervisors” oversee operational areas such as transportation, child nutrition services, financial services, and other services that are tied to students.
    As a District, Christina has less Administrators this year than last year. Specifically, they have reduced the Central Office by 6 Administrators, and have 2 Senior Administrative positions authorized and unfilled. Currently they have 65 Administrators paid with a combination of State and Local Unrestricted Funds (Operating Tax). This breaks down as:
    Superintendent 1
    Assistant Superintendent 1
    Director 3
    Principal 23
    Assistant Principal 24
    Supervisor 7
    Manager 6
    Grand total 65
    They also have additional Administrators funded with a combination of Federal Funds, Restricted Local Funds, or 100% State programs. These programs include the Delaware School for the Deaf, the Delaware Autism Program; REACH/ILC Programs; Adult Education; and Parent Early Education Program. This breaks down as:
    Special Program Director 2
    Special Program Principal 4
    Special Program Asst. Principal 8
    Special Program Supervisor 5
    Grand total 19
    You can see from the above (both tables) that the vast number of Administrators (70%) are directly tied to Schools.
    These numbers reflect a very efficient and bare bones administrative staff that is absolutely necessary to ensure a quality education for all of our children.
    Rep. John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Christina has trimmed its administration staff by a huge (as an absolute or relatively?) number and has markedly fewer administrators than districts with smaller student populations and special needs obligations.”

      Which, except in the world of the elected and appointed and on the dole, doesn’t mean they are where they should be (as in ‘would be’ in the real world). Cue the violins.

      “These numbers reflect a very efficient and bare bones administrative staff that is absolutely necessary to ensure a quality education for all of our children.”

      And that quality (cough) education will materialize … when? Oh yeah, and throw in a date for security, adult-like management, that sort of thing.

      PS: As to the Parent Early Education Program, I’ll make a motion that any taxpayer who doesn’t favor teaching parents how to support and further the indoctrination agenda of the capital S State for their very young offspring get a refund after tax taking day.

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    • “There have been some very dishonest and disingenuous tactics used by certain groups outside the Christina community to disenfranchise and misinform you, the voting public, and sway you to oppose the welfare of the children in Christina.”

      Change a few words little john and a huge portion of the district would agree with you. :
      There have been some very dishonest and disingenuous tactics used by certain groups INSIDE the Christina community to disenfranchise and misinform us, the voting public, and sway us to SUPPORT the welfare of; the district structure/ self interests/ and transfer payments.

      The only difference is that the REVISED statement has been accurate for the last 6-8 referendum attempts. Soooo, what we have here is failure to communicate which is the way they (districts, DOE, legislators, governor, unions) wants it, so they gets it.

      You say “THIS TIME it’s real, it’s for the children” which most people don’t doubt there are some real issues that the district needs funding for, trouble is, it isn’t just for the children is it? Furthermore what were the last 3 referendums for and why didn’t they address the problems which we are still arguing over? Answer: management and accountability. Have these conditions changed substantially?

      School Board Management of the district is the same. Super is different but only temporary.
      Accountability is still lacking because those who are supposedly accountable, aren’t. They are still using other people’s money and they still will not be penalized for bad/ incompetent decisions. Wise and his staff have never been penalized. Lowery and Lyles oversaw a hamstrung district and ignored the vast majority of suburban families. Mr. Williams simply was unable or unwilling to make substantive corrections.

      The taxpayers are still the ones holding the bag and repeatedly it is for the worse. So tell us little john, what has changed to demonstrate/ prove the district will do what needs to be done with the extra revenue? An “acting” superintendent’s word? Cuts made to the direct instruction of the kids?-The one component that most students need and want? What previous experience or behavior identifies that this time it will be different? Your word? Kilroy’s? Will you leave your entire estate and financial resources to the district if concrete identifiable improvements aren’t completed as stated by school district representation? Will school board members? Will the acting superintendent repay the money he is being paid now if results are not forthcoming? Just a wild guess: NO. So until you and your status quo entrenched district management have some real accountability and trustworthiness to do what they say they’ll do, I’d say all your bluster is simply the loudest voice in the theater yelling fire. I have no doubt if it doesn’t pass there will be more pain for taxpayers but your “humble” and “enlightened” explanation of what the current administration has done begs the question; Why has it taken this long to address basic educational demands? Good academic education and discipline. Fix these first with basic controls, show concrete results THEN ask for 16 million. Consolidating districts alone would save Taxpayers a lot. Consolidate schools-more money saved. Eliminate prevailing wage- again more major savings. You, little john, won’t go there will you? That’ll cut into all the educational, labor, and social justice fiefdoms you’ve genuflected at and protected from the harsh reality that the taxpayers are tapped out.

      “These numbers reflect a very ‘efficient’ and bare bones administrative staff that is absolutely necessary to ensure a ‘quality’ education”

      Efficient? At what? Auditing? Organizing referendum pushes 3 days before a vote?
      …ensure(ing) a quality education? Where? Have you seen CSD test scores? Have you been cursed out in the classroom lately? Have you seen the condition of the grounds of some of our schools? Yeah, more money is needed because the last 2-3 referendums were chump change and couldn’t be used to teach students grade level education or make sure the schools looked like the professionally maintained buildings they are.

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  4. And then there are those of us who just can’t afford Christina.

    Yes, I suspect I will be skewered for saying it. I can’t afford the referendum. I believe CSD needs funding. I believe that its been scalped by Markell and his theft of school funding. I believe that sports funding should have been cut by the district after its last failed referendum before teachers were laid off. I believe that CSD needs to go to a pay-to-play model. I believe that its associated support groups should be out there courting private funding for the extras. I believe that no child or family should be guilted into fundraising. But, if that’s how we are going to play, maybe all these ancillary but-related chapters and organizations need to put more of their money into funding the extra-curriculars for all students.

    I believe we should be having a much louder conversation about school funding on the state level. What I do not see is this: CSD is not having that conversation about reforming the way schools are funded. WEIC is.

    Thank goodness there is one voice out there.

    In the mean time, I am weighing which bills will get paid this month and which ones I can push off until next month.

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    • lastDEconservative

      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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  5. 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. – LDC

    I wish cable television and dining out were the least of my worries.

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