Last Tuesday the Wicomico County Council held a public hearing on the capitol improvement budget, many there decried the effort of Mr Bob Culver to save the Bennett Middle School to use for offices for the Board Of Ed. Some of the County Council made it very clear they were not at all in favor of supporting even exploring the option. It seems as if some council members a have their mind set on not trying to save the taxpayers of Wicomico any money.
While much was said during the public hearing it is what was revealed much later that night during a work session that should be most alarming to the parents of Pittsville, Willards and Delmar.
HERE COME THE THUGS, HERE COME THE DRUGS
A lot of family's check out a school before they move to an area, it is well known that the Pittsville, Willards and Delmar schools are some of the best in the county or even state for that matter. Due to over staffing the BOE needs more office space a lot more office space. The question was asked of John Fredricksen what was the plan to gain more space for the staffing problem. This is the plan and if this happens you can kiss your nice community schools goodbye.
The BOE will take either East Salisbury or Wicomico Middle school and use one of these schools for offices, this will displace hundreds of students and cause massive redistricting, the excuse to redistrict then will be an overcrowding issue. Also there will be increased busing needed and many students will be spending more of their day riding the bus.
If you are a parent in the Delmar school district you have even more to fear. Fredricksen also revealed that the replacement of the Westside School would mean increasing the size of the school from 300 students to 650 students. Now were do you think some of those extra 350 students are going to come from? That's correct the Delmar area.
NOW WHAT TO DO
As explanned by the Daily Times last week the Wicomico County Council holds the purse strings of the BOE however what Parker did not expose is that the County Council never says no to the BOE.
Fredricksen and his BOE members aided by a select hand picked group always proclaim there is never enough money. So the council keeps handing it out. Before the council was aided by the most liberal of all spenders Rick Pollitt, now they have a county executive that wants to be more conservative and this does not sit well with some of the liberal tax and spend council members.
Contact the council members. Go to the county Website or call 410-548-4696. Go to the council meetings and tell them what you told the BOE. Demand that they attend your PTA meetings and let them know as well.
SAVE YOUR SCHOOLS SAVE YOUR KIDS.