posted by Mike Madison at 9:58 AM /
A full-scale audit is absolutely necessary. When you consider that the $45 million elementary school renovations ended up costing $53 million, in large part because of many questionable change orders, we need some accountability! The school district does not have anyone truly qualified to oversee construction projects, and relies on the construction manager and the architect (not exactly dis-interested parties - the higher the cost the more their fees!) to make recommendations, which the old board continued to sign off on. The talk is already beginning about a new high school, with $80-$100 million price tags being tossed around - I've been told that a new school could not be done for less than $140 million. Whether we renovate or build a new school, the district needs to employ someone who understands construction, costs and fiscal responsibility; someone who is really working for the district and the community. There are three new board members who are attempting to make a change, but that means that there are still five who have not yet to show that they can act responsibily when it comes to spending OUR tax dollars!
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