Open Letter to Brigantine School Superintendent, Glenn Robbins.

A letter to Superintendent Glenn Robbins of the Brigantine Community School.

Dear Dr. Robbins: We welcome you to Brigantine and hope you are successful in your new position.

The Brigantine Taxpayers Association has been interested in and concerned about the mediocre academic performance and excessive administrative costs in the Brigantine School District for years. We advocated for the consolidation of its two schools into one while watching its enrollment decline. Finally, this was done.

For years, we publicized the results of the State tests, keeping Brigantine taxpayers informed and holding Board of Education members accountable for these results.

At a recent City Council meeting, one of the Council members mentioned the 1/23/20 letter to Dr. Cappelutti from the State Dept. of Education about NJQSAC requirements (enclosed).

Our full-page article about the 2019 State test results had just appeared in the Brigantine Times (enclosed).  I was present at this meeting and got the impression that the member believed “all is now well” with the Instruction and Program NJQSAC area.

Based on the District’s history, such a stated belief would be premature and misleading. It’s clear in the letter that the District had an ongoing non-compliant problem within its Instruction and Program area, an area which is the very reason for the existence of the school.

Going from 78% to 80% in the Instruction and Program area hardly qualifies the District to be designated “high performing” as stated in the letter.

When many students fail to meet grade-level expectations, the results are mediocre, unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

Brigantine must do BETTER. How will you accomplish this goal?

Also, much is said in the news that American students don’t know their country’s history. What history books are used in our school?

Thank you for your attention to these important issues. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Anne H. Phillips, President, BTA

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