Margate Schools and Board Of Education Subject of Taxpayer Ire.

John DiNicola 
John DiNicola

Margate School Superintendent, John DiNicola will soon retire. The recent Margate commission meeting featured residents who asked “does Margate really need to fill that soon-to-be-empty position? The Margate BOE, Board of Education thinks so. Local taxpayers do not.

Residents say admin costs are considered very high compared to other NJ towns. The time to consolidate is now, especially with the dwindling number of students. Do we really need 2 schools?

The outgoing Superintendent of Margate schools thinks a merger with the Ventnor School District is a complex process fraught with barriers. They include a required consensus of voters from both communities, the possibility that property values could be negatively impacted, and higher transportation and facilities costs. Others believe it’s just a simple matter of protecting jobs, with little regard to expense or redundancy.

The Margate School Board supports 3 kindergarten classrooms, of 14 kids each.

So why not move Tighe into 3rd floor of Ross? Building maintenance of 2 schools is crazy and expensive.

Margate schools are heavy drag on all taxpayers, a majority of them being part time residents with no voting rights.

The call for more shared services with Ventnor was also voiced. During public comment, it was noted that $30-35 million per year is being raised in new ratables, but taxes are still rising nonetheless. Making matters worse, county taxes are set to go up due to PILOT BILL and Atlantic City bail out.

Margate City District pupils are housed in two separate facilities.

William H. Ross III Elementary School constructed in 2000, houses the district administrative offices and grades K-4.

Eugene A. Tighe Middle School constructed in 1956, houses grades 5-8.

Overall responsibility for the education of the K-8 children within the City of Margate lies with the district’s Board of Education, composed of seven members, appointed by the mayor for staggered terms of three years.

MARGATE Board of Education Members

 

 

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