What would you do with an extra $22 million dollars? I would ask the public school children of New Castle County because right now they are short $22 million bucks. The below picture shows the massive delinquency status of Delaware property taxes for New Castle County. Aside from a bill that passed that says you won’t get your tax refund if you owe back taxes, what is being done to collect on this debt? If you own a home, you have to pay taxes. Like it or not, it comes with owning a home. Or a business. I’m talking to you golf course in Appoquinimink! One question I have (cause I don’t have the time to look it up) is who gets the interest an penalties? Do the school districts get them or just the county?
At last week’s Delaware State Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously voted their newest member, Nina Lou Bunting, as the Vice-President.
Bunting was a teacher for four decades and served on the Indian River Board of Education for thirteen years. She resigned prior to her Governor Markell appointed position on the State Board of Education last year. Out of all the State Board of Education appointees, I find Bunting to be the most experienced when it comes to what really goes on in the classroom. As an advocate for special needs children, she also served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens.
In an article from the Sussex Post last year when Bunting resigned from the Indian River Board, she listed these are her priorities:
As a state board of education member Ms. Bunting’s prioritized list includes: preparing students to be career-ready; increased focus/emphasis on children with special needs; more training so all teachers can work with all students including those with special needs; and more citizenship education, particularly civics.
The current President of the State Board of Education, Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, was appointed as President of the State Board by Governor Markell. Only the Governor can pick the President under current Delaware state code.