Monthly Archives: August 2017

Will Bill Dunn run for Red Clay vacant school board seat?

Red Clay school board president resigns mid-term , The News Journal

Red Clay Board of Education President Michael Piccio resigned this week, announcing that he would be moving out of the Wilmington-area and Delaware.

I curious as to why his announcement cam after August 16th board meeting? Word has it Merv knew before other school board members.

Piccio, reached by phone Thursday, said he left the board because he is no longer a resident of the district. He and his youngest son recently relocated to Cape May County, New Jersey, while his wife and oldest son, a senior, will remain in the Wilmington-area until graduation. 

Looks like it was well known in advance of last board meeting .

You can bet your ass the powers to be are working their asses off looking for someone that shares their “vision” and the union may be doing the same.

We must remember school board members though they put the interest and needs of students first, they do have a responsibility to the taxpayers. After all they are “elected” officials.

Now on to Bill Dunn! Bill Dunn is a former Red Clay school board member and OMG he didn’t back-down from the domineering uni-brow board president.  Between Dunn and Pandora, Red Clay board meetings were quite entertaining. Dunn did his best to hold the obsessive board members to task. However, the old guard had their agenda. There are new financial pressures and uncertainly and we need board members who are objective and balanced! Who can fit that bill? Dunn? Do we worry about a district  or union installed puppet?   

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Breaking News: Mike Piccio Resigns From Red Clay Board of Education

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Effective August 28th, Red Clay Consolidated School District Board of Education President Mike Piccio resigned from the board.  Sources within the district have confirmed there is no controversy, just a citizen moving out of the district at some point.  But what makes this interesting will be the makeup of the board going forward.  The current Vice-President Martin Wilson, in most situations, would just slide into the President role.  But knowing Red Clay, I am sure other members will want to vote on changes to the board.  Not to mention the whole special election for his seat on the board.  Interesting times up in Red Clay…

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Fuzzy math used to collect school taxes due on Boxwood plant. Was a deal cut ?? How about it Red Clay bean counters!

ACCOUNT NUMBER:
0704210055
PROPERTY DESC:
Lot No.:
00801 BOXWOOD RD

Total Current Tax 962,826.83
Prior Balance 907,570.23
Penalty 145,211.21
TOTAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES DUE 2,015,608.27

Boxwood

Payment made 8/28/2017 click date to see full page,

School tax paid = $680,683.68

How do you go from $2,015,608.27 school taxes due to $680,683.68 paid to

School Balanced Due $0.00 to $418,497.40 over-payment ??  

Will somebody review and weigh in ?

Three Days To Change Secretary Bunting’s Mind On Match Tax, Email Her NOW!

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It is time the people spoke up and emailed Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting!

The match tax saga continues! On August 4th, a bunch of Delaware legislators sent Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting a letter regarding the proposed plan for the match tax.  Bunting’s response shows no sign of bending from the original plan.  While Bunting believes this is a win-win for districts based on other exclusions to the local funding formula, only one district seems to make a windfall from them.  And believe it or not, that district is Christina.

Below are the letter sent to legislators from Bunting, the new “procedure” for charter and choice payments, and a breakdown of the changes and how they financially impact the districts.

For Red Clay, they are taking a $124,000 loss based on this plan.  I would love to know what the ten “newly approved categories” are…

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Why is it necessary to publish future DUI checkpoints?

See where the Office of Highway Safety plans DUI checkpoints this weekend , The News Journal

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will conduct five DUI checkpoints for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

Those checkpoints will be located on:

  • Del. 7 in New Castle County  

  • Del. 72 in Newark 

  • U.S. 13 near Dover 

  • Del. 24 in Millsboro 

It makes no sense to pre-warn the public where DUI checkpoints will be! Then again why is it when a driver of a vehicle is stop at a DUI checkpoint aka roadblock passengers are questioned their ID are checked? Isn’t the purpose to check for drunk drivers?

North Korea needs to be stopped NOW

Red Clay School Board has some soul searching to do! I hope the new committee will have a real voice !

I’ve often wondered! What if Bobby Kennedy wasn’t assassinated!

Riddle me this Delaware professional educators

Public education in Delaware is managed by many with PhD’s and making damn good money.  Call them generals ! And the bottom is classroom teachers we’ll refer to as privates. Throwing out the bullshit union static, many privates have ideas and needs to help better address the needs of at-risk students and you can better there are call for parent intervention.

It comes down to this question, why is it we employ such high skilled leadership from the Delaware Department of Education to school levels we continue to fail the most neediest students?

A private is only good as his / her general. When a general is not available for comment we must question that leadership. To say nothing in fear of saying something wrong is worst.

Our schools are not failing ! Leadership is!  

 

Red Clay board member nails it “white privileged”

Red Clay forms equity panel to address racial disparities / NewsWorks

The idea to form a committee and change policies was proposed by board member Adriana Bohm, who attended Red Clay schools and is now a sociology professor at Delaware County (Pa.) Community College.

This would have never happen if didn’t have a sociologist on the board.  Far to long Red Clay has focused on the status quo within and the bellyaching  there’s not enouhg money to raise the bottom. We can’t same them all is a pisspoor excuse!

“We are at a critical historical juncture and it is our responsibility as school board members to move deliberately to enact racial justice through equity,” she said.

Dear friend, there the racist that walk amoung the eleistist in Red Clay are not happy with such a committee. They fear feeder-pattern reasignment that will address racial disparites in student population is various Red Clay schools.

Declaring that she was the first person on the board to ever publicly use the term “white privilege,” Bohm added: “To ignore racism and white privilege, especially at this time, supports the reproduction of the racial caste system which stunts student success.”

You go girl ! 

District Superintendent Merv Daugherty also was unavailable Friday.

Sad !

Board President Michael Piccio, a restaurant manager, said he doesn’t believe that “structural racism” exists in the district, but hopes the panel can help district officials figure out how to reduce the achievement gap and look at other areas where there are disparities, such as discipline.

I agree not structural racism ! However, deep in the fibers of Red Clay’s ignorance is the cancer of racism! Call it an unconscious reflex.  Red Clay needs a serious community outreach program and not controlled by a district agenda but rather based on transparent feedback from the community. Far far too long the system dictates what is needed to address the concerns and they fall short. The answers and solutions are within the community and within the kids. I think it is time to include students in the conversations.

Wanxiang now owes $2,015,608.27 ! Will buyer Harvey Hanna be required to pay or is there a backroom deal ? What does Red Clay know ?

Harvey Hanna to buy former Fisker site, sources say; plans include job creation , The News Journal

It looks like the former GM automotive plant on Boxwood Road will have a new life after all.

Harvey Hanna & Associates is under contract to purchase the property near Newport, sources familiar with the deal confirmed. 

Thomas J. Hanna, managing director of the Newport-based company that owns and operates office and warehouse properties, declined to comment on a possible deal.

Harvey Hanna is said to be finishing its due diligence, and the sale will be finalized within the next two months, according to sources. A sales price is not known. 

DSEA King Matthews makes profound statement ! Sort of !

Red Clay to begin work on racial equity plan in October  / WDDE 91.1

But others are skeptical.  Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews, also a Red Clay resident, worries one committee won’t be enough to address racism as well as issues affecting English Language Learners, LGBTQ students and those with disabilities.

“I support the action item to create an equity committee,” Matthews said. “However, I have misgivings in considering the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, I don’t think this is enough. The topics mentioned in the equity committee resolution – most of them are topics you can get people in a room to talk about. English language learners, LGBTQ, children with special needs. There’s one topic in that list that we as a society continue to not want to discuss. We need to start having conversations about race: conversations that for too long have been ignored because they make many people who look like me uncomfortable. I want to have those conversations. I’d like to see this board take a broader look at race, systemic racism, institutional racism – all of that on its own.” 

Right on King Matthews! I think we can narrow it down to equity for all with in the human race. The should be no prejudice against people of all colors , religion , LGBTQ and ethnicity. I fear Red Clay will go through motion with a policy but no action plane to change to old ways which turns a blind eye to de facto segregation. Red Clay is the charter authority over CSW and DMA and such a policy should apply to all the Red Clay touches.

The Charlottesville incident is morning into a political football whereas the Liberals a stoking the flames to politically capitalize. The ugliness we are seeing in this country was here before Trump and will be here after he is gone ! And as right as I was about RTTT, you can bet Trump will be stepping down half-way through his term.

Back to the real issue at home aka Red Clay, the roots of racism in Delaware public education is anchored within. No preferential choice transportation for our Wilmington children and bar at the doors of a Red Clay charter school locking out the most neediest students and magnet schools the are charters wicket step-sister.

At the end of the day, the community particularly the city of Wilmington community  has failed to stand and demand! The energy within Wilmington protesting and spinning their wheels over Charlottesville could be better served confronting Red Clay unwillingness to address the prejudice within. It took electing a sociologist to the school board to advance the concerns with a committee.  But odds are the district is pacifying the call to stand politically correct during this crisis in America. If any board member voted no they would be labeled a racist. 

School board member Adriana Bohm introduced the resolution, and in an impassioned speech said last weekend’s events in Charlottesville underscore the importance of racial equity work in schools.

So ironic that the silver-lining of Charlottesville helps advance the conversation and may ( no holding my breath) yields an action plan on Red Clay’s part. God bless Adriana for the courage to stand and say, enough is enough! 

Red Clay forms committee to address racial equity ! Well start will ending CSW discriminatory “Specific Interest” admission preference!

School Board Motion for Equity Committee and Policy
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Equity Committee would be committed to reviewing and changing the district
practices related to racial equity in education. Educational equity means raising the
achievement of all students while:
 Narrowing the gaps between the lowest and highest performing student; and
 Eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality of which student
groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.

How about preferential Choice transportation for out high poverty Wilmington children ? You can’t have Choice if you don’t have transportation!

Red Clay’s Cab Calloway aka magnet school under pressure to accept more Red Clay students!

School Board Motion for School Choice Committee
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We move that the district establish a committee to develop a concrete plan (preferably with options) to be presented to the Board at its March 2018 meeting for implementation in the 2019 SY, designed to significantly increase the Red Clay student population at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, consistent with the state preference law and to significantly increase the number of Red Clay under-represented schools enrolled at Cab Calloway. The committee should be open and inclusive and, at a minimum, include teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members and should hold meetings open to the public at which public input is welcomed.”