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Post: Adminstrator to Student Ratio for Christina School District

Post: What reductions and cuts have happened? What will a failed referendum mean?

  • One of the presentations says $4 million will be spent to hire teachers. Who will be hired, where, and what are the expectations?
    • The District will hire teachers to fill teaching positions in those areas that faced the biggest cuts in 2015. This will help restore class sizes to their previous levels, and restore staff to areas that were affected, such as school libraries, counselors, and support staff.
  • I heard that 3-4 schools from Wilmington are moving to Red Clay School District. Why should we be paying for those schools?
    • This has not happened yet, and is not expected to happen in the next two years. A group called the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission (WEIC) developed a report and a set of recommendations that would transfer Christina’s 5 city schools from the Christina School District to the Red Clay School District. These recommendations have not yet been approved by the State Board of Education or the Delaware Legislature. If approved, the earliest this plan would go into effect would be in 2018. Until the plan is approved, the District considers its schools in Wilmington part of the Christina School District.
  • Why do we need $1 million for discipline and what is it for? I thought teachers and administrators handled that. Are you talking about hiring more state troopers?
    • The additional $1 million earmarked in the Referendum request would provide resources to support students and schools. A few state trooper positions—called School Resource Officers—were cut in 2015, and the District will be re-evaluating this decision based on input from parents, teachers, etc. A Discipline and School Climate Community Action Committee will be formed in March to help determine how all funding for school discipline should be effectively used to support students and classrooms, including the additional $1 million from the referendum.
  • Don’t you have a system in place to handle discipline? Why should I pay for that? A parent should be taking care of that, not a school.
    • The Christina School District, like all other public school districts, has a discipline system in place that follows Delaware Code, as well as a set of student expectations, called the Student Manual. It is necessary for school districts to monitor student behavior, and provide services to students who demonstrate negative behaviors. These services require funding, and the district receives funding from local taxes, state grants, and federal grants. However, additional funding is being requested to make our school environments even more positive and safe places to learn and to teach.
  • Will you be providing updates to the community about the discipline committee and its progress? Will there be an avenue for parents to provide suggestions? Are there ways to get involved?
    • Yes. We plan to provide regular updates to the community through our website, newsletter, and schools. We also plan to circulate a survey to parents, teachers, students, and community members to share feedback on ways to improve school discipline. To get involved, you may contact the Public Information Office at 302-552-2670 or email info@christina.k12.de.us or fill out the question form on this website.
  • If we are discussing discipline, does that mean we are going to change the rules?
    • Part of the process of discussing discipline will include a review of the current Student Manual and the guidelines and rules it contains for student behavior expectations and consequences.
  • What is the best way for parents to participate?
    • Let us know you are interested, so we can keep you informed of the discussions that will be taking place. Contact the Public Information Office at 302-552-2670 or email info@christina.k12.de.us
  • Can you guarantee that spending this money will mean our kids will have better grades?
    • We believe that increasing support for our public schools will have lasting benefits for both students and the community. While we cannot guarantee all students will have better grades, we do believe a stronger, more focused, more successful school district will have a positive impact on all students.
  • Is anyone talking about making changes to the referendum system at the state level? Shouldn’t we come together as a state and say enough is enough?
    • There have been discussions among legislators and citizens about making changes to the ways that public schools are funded, including the referendum process. Contact your legislators to find out more.
  • On one sheet it says the total amount is $16.2 million. How does that break down?
    • Reduce Class Size (Utilize Earned Units) ~$4 Million
    • Improve School Climate ~$1 Million
      • Intervention Services
      • Guidance Services
    • Restore School Budgets ~$1.5 Million
      • Books
      • General Supplies
    • New Program Design Planning ~ $100,000
      • Magnet Programs, Grade Reconfiguration, Unique Programs, Distance Learning
    • Increase Operating Expenses ~ $2.5 Million
    • Eliminate Structural Deficiency ~ $4 Million
  • I have heard that there are many homeowners in our school district who are delinquent on their tax bill(s), and therefore the District would be shorted money that is due to them. If this is the case, would it be in the interest of the District to bring this out to the public, possibly in a flyer or the newspaper?
    • Yes, all public school districts are faced with property owners who fail to pay their taxes when due.  By Delaware Code, the New Castle County Government is charged with the responsibility to collect school taxes based upon the Tax Warrants approved by School Boards. The County has a collection process. Efforts that we may pursue to expose delinquent tax payers may interfere with the legal processes established by the County. There is legislation pending that would redirect tax refunds to Schools and the County, if property tax is delinquent.
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