The Christina School District refuses to listen to parents, teachers and other residents in prioritizing cuts to balance the budget. The school board has put forth a third referendum proposal that is the wrong answer for the residents and future of our schools.
- The district continues to fund unnecessary and unwanted federal initiatives while proposing to cut local programs.
- The district continues to employ a shocking “inflict political pain” strategy, laying off teachers, librarians — and threatening to cut favored programs like sports and music — to muscle residents into forking over more cash instead of reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and spending.
- The county is currently unable to collect nearly $6 Million in unpaid school tax from cash-strapped residents in Christina School District.
- And we, the paying taxpayers, are funding 108 salaries in Christina School District that are over $100,000; the largest being the superintendent at a whopping $190,000. Adding benefits and pensions, all of this is clearly unsustainable.
And on top of all this, we still have teachers earning less than the federal poverty level and children are fleeing the public school system.
There is a waiting list of 5,000 students for Newark Charter School, other school districts are operating at less cost per student, and the private schools are giving children a superior education for a fraction of the cost.
The good news is, there are better answers.
There is a better way to identify inefficiencies and streamline expenses. Parents, teachers, and residents have ideas that have not been incorporated into this referendum.
It’s time to tighten the spending belts and be responsible to the taxpayers and our children.
Please Sign This Petition if you agree that this Tax Hike Referendum must be defeated on March 23rd. The Christina School Board must START OVER and listen to the parents, teachers and residents.