Robert Andrzejewski, the Acting Superintendent for the Christina School District in Wilmington, led a battle cry last night to lift the district from their troubled past and send it to a bright future.
Hundreds of students, parents, educators, and citizens attended the Christina Referendum kick-off last night at Christiana High School. The district wants to raise school taxes by 30 cents. According to “Bob A”, the Acting Superintendent’s nick-name in New Castle County, the increase will result in an additional $16.2 million for the district allowing them to bring more quality resources to the district. Bob A alluded to eventual magnet schools within the district. In an apparent snafu, he said this would only cost taxpayers in the district an extra $300 a month or $15 a week. Both are wrong, but we can put the blame on that towards Common Core which puts everyone’s math skills in serious jeopardy!
As Bob A talked about Christina escaping from his past, he brought up the movie “Frozen”. He talked about “that song” and the main character, saying “What’s her name”? Someone shouted “Elsa” which led Bob A to say “Yeah, Let It Go, Let It Go, Let It Go”.
Bob A railed on the current testing environment in Delaware during his speech, stating there is too much focus on testing and not enough on teaching to teach, which led to a round of applause from the audience. Other highlights included a call for more vocational certificates to be issued from the district as more and more districts around the state incorporate co-op programs.
Senator Bryan Townsend attended the event, along with Braeden Mannering from 3B: Brae’s Brown Bags. Board members Harrie Ellen Minnehan, Shirley Saffer, and John Young also attended. There was a significant amount of energy which was missing in last year’s unfortunate two failed referendum attempts. The referendum is on March 23rd.