Okay, I got all sorts of crap from those who support the “New Christina”. What exactly are they paving the way for? Not librarians! That’s for sure. But I guess the newly created job of Supervisor of Professional Development is okay? For those who complain about high administrative costs in districts, I’m beginning to see the point. Such was the case today when Newark High School Principal Curtis Bedford announced he would be taking this brand-new position (not mentioned in the referendum I will point out). He had a whole article on the Newark High School website about it. And they already have a temporary replacement until the new Principal is found.
Sorry, I know “Bob A” has his supporters, but I’m not getting it. Robert Andrzejewski seems to like rising costs. Most Delaware Principals make about $100,000. I imagine this new district role is at least $100k, if not more. So not only does the district have to create the funds to pay for this new position but also backfill a Principal. Keep paving Bob A, keep paving… I hope you pave the way out of your contract! A lot of people stood up for you. Now I am wondering why. More shenanigans and unfulfilled promises. Can’t wait to see the excuses for this one! Here they come… one… two… three…
I just wrote about how the Christina School District is not backing up their promise to restore librarians cut last year. But the district seems to have $200,000 to spare for a new assessment suite. Last night, the Christina Board of Education approved a contract with Curriculum Associates for new district assessments to replace two other district assessments. The contract would give the vendor $200,000, of which $181,200 would come out of local funds. Local funds are what the district gets from the taxpayers. Call me crazy, but I don’t remember seeing a new assessment package as part of the referendum promises. In fact, the state has been actively pursuing an agenda where districts have less assessments (although the one assessment that needs to go, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, wasn’t even considered by the Delaware assessment inventory committee). My question would be how valid are these new assessments compared to the two ones they are replacing, DIBELS and Amplify. While I am certainly not a fan of either DIBELS or Amplify, I don’t see too many other districts using this I-Ready made by Curriculum Associates, designed to make kids better at Common Core.
I have to say shame on you Robert Andrzejewski twice in one day. What is this guy thinking? He needs to go! Paving the Way to a New Christina? Hardly. Paving the Way to a revolt by taxpayers is more like it. So let me get this straight. They lie about rehiring librarians but they bring in new, untried testing? And the board approved this crap?
Last night at the Christina Board of Education meeting, it was announced the district would not rehire librarians laid off after the two failed referenda attempts last year. The district passed the third referendum attempt on March 23rd, and one of the promises made was the district would restore positions cut as a result of the budget cuts last year. Included in that was school librarians. While there is no specific mention of librarian positions on the actual Christina website, it does appear on the CSD Paving the Way website which was run by the steering committee for the referendum.
Even the Newark Post had an article in February where Glasgow High School principal Dean Ivory quoted:
Glasgow was one of many secondary schools that lost their librarians and though classroom teachers can still sign up to take their classes to the library, it’s not the same, Ivory said. A teacher in the school’s PATH program, whose class meets in the library, has taken on the extra responsibility of coordinating these class sign-ups, he added. If this year’s referendum does pass and schools can start adding staff again, Ivory said the librarian is one of the first positions he’d bring back. “That was a very painful cut,” he said. “But if it comes down to it, do you want to lose a math teacher or a librarian?”
So much for keeping their word! So where will the funds promised to librarians go to now? I gave First State Liberty a very hard time for how they handled the last referendum. But it looks like I should have been putting some pressure on the district as well. This news is very disappointing to say the least. What purpose does it serve to betray not only the librarians that were cut last year, but also the taxpayers in your district? This is why the referendum process needs to go. It has become like a Presidential election: all sorts of campaign promises that never happen. Social media comments regarding this broken promise are not being kind to the district. Shame on Superintendent Robert Andrzejewski for making promises he had no intention of keeping.
The district has already been under the microscope for immediately hiring outside vendors immediately following the referendum, including Demosophia which is helping the district to create a Strategic Plan in regards to their behavior and climate. Some felt hiring a former Title I administrator from the district as an outside consultant was a bit too much.
In the final month of the 148th General Assembly before they take their six month recess, three new education bills are on the plate. These ones deal with school librarians, a clarification on a pending charter school audit bill, and new rules for voter eligibility in school board elections.
State Rep. Paul Baumbach wants to make sure no school librarians lose their jobs. I fully support this bill, but we also need them for art, music and other classes that all children used to enjoy but are on the cutting floor in many of our schools.
More from Kim Williams with Delaware charter school audits. This is good, but we are still waiting on results from at least three charters and their audits in the state auditor’s office.
I’m not sure how I feel about this bill. I’m going to have to digest this one.