Brigantine school district superintendent Brian Pruitt, and other executive leadership from the Brigantine school district will meet with representatives from the Ventnor and Atlantic City schools to discuss ways to save taxpayers money.
According to the Downbeach Current, Ventnor school board President James E. Pacanowski said a meeting date has been set to discuss shared services with the Atlantic City and Brigantine schools.
“We are three school districts sending to Atlantic City High School, and I wanted to make sure Brigantine was involved in any shared services discussions. The meeting will include board presidents and superintendents from all three school districts, Pacanowski said. It will be held at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Earlier this year, Brigantine’s Democrat majority and the Brigantine Taxpayers Association pressured Mayor Guenther and the Brigantine School board to prudently streamline the local school district. Just a few years ago, approximately 1400 students were on the roles.
Today, Brigantine student numbers have dipped below 700 and continue to drop. Currently, both the Brigantine Elementary and the Brigantine Middle Schools have separate staffs. The two schools operate and are located in side by side buildings connected in the middle. Recent reports from the State of NJ suggest academic performance has declined as well. See Brigantine Academic Performance Report here.
While a growing number of local residents wonder why the prudent right-sizing of duplicate positions has been avoided, they are quite pleased to see the Mayor and Brigantine school district superintendent Brian Pruitt attending this meeting in Ventnor on December 3rd. Residents, as well as most of council, were not aware of this meeting taking place.
Opponents of cutting back on non-essential positions within the Brigantine School district claim that any downsizing would ‘hurt the kids’. Prior to the recent November election, those opposed to cutbacks were not shy about their disdain for the Democratic majority’s interest in trimming the top heavy school management team. One Brigantine mom who wished to stay anonymous said: ‘today, it looks like the Republican backed school board is serious about doing what’s right for all taxpayers, not just a handful of employees that are not actually teaching our kids.’
Most in Brigantine were not aware of Mayor Guenther’s approving superintendent Pruitt’s participation in this meeting. Supporters of the Mayor were amazed by this surprising turn of events.
Brigantine school teacher; Melisa Bew Knoff, stated in a recent Facebook posting: ‘no matter what semantics game they want to play or what they want to call it – shared services, consolidation etc….it’s all the same. A really bad idea for our school!
Local Brigantine resident John Livezey agrees with teacher Knoff: “Seems like (Brigantine Democrats) have quite the interest in making things in Brigantine disappear. With their cutbacks and farming things out. They, “Taxpayers First”, seem to just want to cut and cut. They have no plan to build and if they keep cutting, soon there will be nothing left!”
Mr. Pruitt and the Mayor are under increasing pressure to explain their need for a double staff while overall student attendance continues to slide.
“We made it clear to both schools (Atlantic City and Brigantine) that it has to be beneficial for all of us, and we all have to be ready to take the hard stand and make the hard decisions if it is to be beneficial for all of us,” Pacanowski said.
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