A new school district for Wilmington could be costly for city residents.
"He's come to the table with 60 percent, and he's looking at us, hey can you up it because everyone else around you is paying more," said Wilmington City Councilman Ciro Adams, the lone Republican on council.
Adams said the city has to do more to come up with funding for the proposed school district especially if the state is willing to step up.
"We double the wage tax from 1.25 to 2.50, and use it exclusively for the school system to provide both segments to it," said Adams.
As for the segments, Adams plan would have two for the district--education and social services segment.
"An educational segment that focuses on teaching urban children," said Adams. "A second segment, a social services segment in order to provide a safety net for children so they can have success in the program."
Adams and State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden were at the Education, Youth & Families Committee Meeting to explain the positives of a city school district.
Bolden said when Wilmington had its own district, there was full participation from the parents because everyone could walk to the school, and the relationships were better between the parents and the school staff. There was a sense of community.
The proposal won't be immediately introduced to the full council as Adams still wants more feedback.