Brigantine School District no longer has voting rights for their part in the Atlantic City School system. (see here) As a ‘sending district’, Brigantine taxpayers contribute approx. $20,000 for every Brigantine student sent to AC high.
According to Superintendent Brian Pruitt, Brigantine sends 170 kids to AC High, which means Brig taxpayers pony up about $3.4 million dollars annually for the AC School District. Brigantine has no say in how those dollars are spent.
The stealth and highly autonomous Brigantine school board is appointed by Mayor Guenther. Current board members & meeting minutes are still not posted publicly.
From what we understand, these are the 7 members of the current Brigantine school board:
- Frank Koch (President of School Board)
- Jim Mackey (President of Brigantine Republican Club)
- Matt Doran (Former & potential future city engineer, domestic partner of Rose Roberts; Republican club organizer)
- Cass Kaufman
- Nancy Barbin
- David Borrone
- Steve Bonanni
Ventnor, Atlantic City & Brigantine met recently to discuss the potential for sharing services in order to reduce costs. (See Press of AC report here) Mr. Bonanni attended that meeting. Bonanni has yet to update council and the public on those meetings, as well as the board’s efforts to reduce Brigantine school costs, and improve teacher / student assessments.
Typically, Bonanni, Pruitt & Guenther do not update council or the public on anything related to the school district.
Councilwoman Lisa McClay; a Northfield teacher and a member of the Brigantine school budget committee (Board of Estimates) had no comment at this time.