The Wilmington Education Improvement Commission held their second meeting yesterday at William Penn High School from 4:00 to 6:00. There were about 30 members of the public there. Dr. Rich went over the tentative timeline. Mike Jackson the Deputy Controller General gave a presentation Delaware School Finance 101, very informative. William Penn High School Penn Bistro provided the commission with a wonderful assortment of snacks.
Yesterday, I attended the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission – Funding Student Success at William Penn High School – 2:00 to 4:00. Mike Jackson (Deputy Controller General) and Jill Floore (Red Clay School District Chief Financial Officer) are the co-chairs of the committee, they went over the discussion/possible proposed action items.
Mike Jackson and Jill Floore are financial folks and I am grateful that they are co-chairing this committee. I am concerned about the timeline to have a plan in place by the end of October, which is only 6 weeks away, but I will wait and see what happens at the next few meetings. The quick timeline is due to the timing of when the final report must be presented to the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission and the State Board of Education. I just want to point out that many of the members of this committee have backgrounds in school finances.
IRMC’s Mission – Promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated early childhood system, birth to eight, which provides the highest quality services and environment for Delaware’s children and their families.
Look at equity in choice.
I would suggest looking at transportation as well.