Governor’s budget dilemma: Gutting teachers, staff isn’t the answer
What follow are the feelings and observations of one long term school board member and are my opinions only. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any other board member or boards.
We are all aware of the extreme problems facing the state of Delaware this year financially. It would seem that the previous governor did not do enough to assure that our state would have sufficient revenues to operate as it felt it needed to.
Cuts are needed to balance the budget and thank God we have a balanced budget state.
As a local school board member, we were advised months ago that the state would be cutting our budgets by a certain amount of money and we properly prepared for that. The public supported the IRSD referendum and based on what we were told was coming, we could have made out nicely. We had cuts in place that accounted for that million plus and there were no issues.
Then the governor lobbed a bombshell at every district in the state by a surprise move. There is a pot of money that every district counts on called Ed Sustainment, that simply disappeared at the stroke of a pen. While this is a huge problem for IRSD it is a bigger problem for small districts like Delmar, Woodbridge and others.