I really have to catch up on my email! Jack Wells sent another Red Clay money email and this one is very illuminating:
The information provided below shows the spending on salaries for Supervisors General Support by the Red Clay School Board. This type of spending is an example of why Delaware Ranks 40th in Education and 14th in “Total Current Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Day Schools per students. Does anyone except the members of Red Clay School Board believe this is the most effective use of $3.1 million dollars?
How is it possible that one district, in this case Red Clay can spend more on salaries for Supervisors General Support than all the school districts in either Kent or Sussex Counties, over a million dollars. It is possible because in Delaware providing local school boards the authority to spend public funds without any oversight, without being required to provide justification or without any requirement to inform the residents is more important than ensuring $2.4 Billion annually is used effectively so our children will receive the greatest opportunity to receive the best education possible.
Spending Percent of
On Salaries Funded
Salaries From State Funds
95,503 70.9 Appoquinimink
1,024,330 35.7 BSD
1,222,845 47.5 CSD
666.990 28.1 Colonial
722,523 53.0 NCCVT
3,197,002 18.1 RCCSD
469,018 52.2 Cape Henlopen
103,309 80.5 Delmar
469,057 56.9 IRSD
170,777 37.5 Laurel
643,009 36.3 Seaford
78,617 54.0 Sussex Tech
314,969 46.0 Woodbridge
525,104 70.0 Caesar Rodney
600,593 66.9 Capital
418,992 40.3 Lake Forest
24,705 82.1 Milford
217,755 42.7 Poly Tech
275,040 86.1 Smyrna
While the money of the hard working taxpayers are wasted, it is the “children” who are denied the opportunities to receive the best education possible. Unfortunately power to the school boards is more important than education opportunities.
How and where are we expending over $2.4 billion annually for the education of our children? Since Delaware is ranked 40th in Education and 14th in total current expenditures, you would think, my question would be the battle cry of our education decision makers, unfortunately their battle cry is, we need more money if you want us to fund our schools based on the needs of our children.
Here is where in just 2 account codes, the Red Clay School Board expended $14,498,184 in 2014-2015, an increase of $12,479,933 over 2006-2007. I believe if our legislators are going to do what is best for our children, than they must require the Red Clay School Board to provide an explanation/justification for this spending. Unfortunately in Delaware, school boards are authorized to spend millions without justification or informing the community.
Total Total Increase % Salaries Federal Funds
Compensation Compensation in Funded by Expended
6/30/2014 6/30/2006 Expenditures State Funds 6/30/2014
4,571,712 2,018,251 2,553,461 18.1 2,858,733 Supervisors
9,926,472 none 9,926,472 29.6 2,709,089 Salaries General
14,498,184 2,018,251 12,479,933 5,567,822
A. The job title Salaries General was created when our state implemented the Statewide Financial Management System. It was created to be used by our school boards when they create positions that are not identified by the State. When I compared the old and new system, the only positions I could identify that were deleted were those used for transportation. Those implementing the new system did not want the public to know the cost of transportation. Why would they not want the public to know the cost of transportation? Answer: Those making the decision did not want the public to know how many millions were/are being expended on transportation for activities.
B. Except for bus drivers and bus aides I believe most of the employees being charged to Salaries General work above the school level, in any case they are not teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school level employees. The districts salary scales show positons like Education Associate with 6 digit salaries that are not identified by the state. The board establishes these 6 digit salaries without providing justification or informing the residents. I strongly oppose allowing 4 elected officials to create these positions and these salaries without justification or informing the community, NOW THAT IS POWER OVER PUBLIC FUNDS.
C. The percent of state funding supporting these positions clearly show Red Clay has determined more overhead is required than determined by the state, once again no justification required.
D. Expending $5,567,822 from federal funds that are mostly earned by our low income and special needs children, than informing the community, we have no money to fund the needs of our schools, requires an explanation. Why are these funds not being used to hire employees for our schools?
We have a choice, continue to allow school boards to spend money without justification and without informing the community, or require accountability on how and where districts are using $2.4 billion annually. I vote for accountability. Why? That is what is best for our children.
Being ranked 40th in Education and 14th in Total Current Expenditures is a disgrace. Is this the best we can do for our children, if so, shame on us.