Janice Leaman: The Margate pupil base is shrinking and will continue to shrink. The standard is a free and appropriate education, not the most expensive education you can extract from taxpayers. NJ has among the highest taxes in the nation. Margate spends $32k+ for every student. That’s a private school education at the expense of taxpayers. The consequences of ridiculously overstaffed schools & high taxes: the resulting legacy costs that Margate and stupid NJ is creating for future generations. For each employee, Margate is creating future pension liability.
Christine Steelman-Eden: If you want to merge the 2 schools, it will cost us taxpayers a few million to accommodate all in one school. Ross School is still not paid for. We would still owe $ on that building.
Joanne Price: According to the Superintendent’s report dated Oct 19, 2018, there are 170 students enrolled in Ross school and 181 students in Tighe School ….total enrollment for both schools is 351. That includes 33 students from Longport.
Neil Shander: The dollars spent per child are extremely high when compared to the national average. We are retired teachers who value Margate schools. That being said, Margate is in the top % of per child spending in the country. Other blue ribbon schools find a way to spend less. Why shouldn’t Margate be fiscally responsible?
Amy Rosenberg says: Time to consolidate with Ventnor schools. They are just as good as Margate.
Amy Rosenberg: Margate schools are excellent schools. But I think people in Margate somehow think that if they combined with Ventnor or sent their kids to Ventnor (and some even apply this to AC High) they would be compromising their kids’ education. Margate schools are small, class sizes are small, it’s a unique and perhaps enviable situation maybe more akin to a private school. But the schools lack diversity and in my opinion create an insular environment that is the opposite of a good and world-expanding education.
Amy Rosenberg: It frustrates me also that people assume Margate schools are better than other schools, or Margate kids are smarter than kids at other schools, or more successful, or get into better schools. It’s just not true. The same is true about the decision making process when people chose to send their kids to Ocean City or Holy Spirit rather than Atlantic City. Your (Margate) schools are not at all diverse tho. Ventnor schools are wonderfully multi- cultural.
John Pitts: They will couch their arguments around efficiency and talk of high per student spending, but ultimately the second homeowners that rail against Margate Schools only want to pay less in taxes and, for the most part, don’t care what they have to do to get there
Howard Vance had a question: how much lower did taxes become after they closed Union Ave school in Margate?
Christine Steelman-Eden: Taxes DID NOT go down when Union Ave closed.
Howard Vance: didn’t at my house either