“District mergers might offer savings”-Delawareonline.com

This article today has a key word which I don’t believe has been answered yet-what savings? I have no objections to consolidating the vocational districts as their size to administrator numbers does not add up, and the fact that they are not tied locally to a single community will not affect parental involvement. Consolidation of joint services throughout districts could also offer savings, and bring consistency to curriculm, technology, and labor. There are also possibilities for some consolidation of locally adjoining districts that are experiencing severe financial hardships, and student performance drops. These joinings could help improve both districts, and yet local control would still remain for parents to stay involved with the schools.
Before our legislators start looking locally for the magic bullet they need to look at the state level at the bulging waistline of DOE, and other state agencies! Sen. Peterson you have no ties to the education system in Delaware, but I’m sure your old group at Dept. of Labor could use a trim. Maybe that would not sit well with the labor groups you represented, like the DSEA who put our Governor in office yet are now unhappy with 8% cuts? Then the head of the Education Committee that continues his ties to charter schools that would not be affected by the dismantling of local schools who are performing well!
Folks, cutting budgets will not solve the states wows, and as one commentor said to this article, “the loss of most industries and cash inflow” must be improved if we are to move forward. The state population continues to grow in the Lower counties,just as our Governor wrote about, but the folks in New Castle county who are unhappy with their situation keep pushing their ideas down. Those of us in the two lower counties would gladly share our ESL groups and poverty level groups with you up north as these cuts just put more uneducated citizens on the books to collect state services and funds!


About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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