Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mt. Lebanon School Board Hopes High School Work Will Cost Less Than $113 Million

The talk around Mt. Lebanon continues to be the high school renovation project, and school board President Ed Kubit has posted a letter on the school district's website that addresses some questions residents have about the project -- especially how much it will cost them.

More than 100 people attended a Jan. 18 meeting when the school board voted 6-3 to set a maximum total project cost of $113.3 million and schedule a public hearing on the project for Feb. 22.

Mr. Kubit, Mary D. Birks, Elaine Cappucci, Josephine Posti, Daniel Remely and Susan Rose voted in favor of the resolution. James Fraasch, Dale Ostergaard and Faith Ann Stipanovich dissented.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've been against this project from the early stages where it seemed clear it would morph into something larger than we needed. I sent my messages by snail and electronic mail. I expected that practical minds would recognize the financial impact such a large scale capital project would have, but the spending train picked up speed, flew past all the stations and now we're left with hoping it will slow down or stop in time. Oh dear.

MB Sklar

January 28, 2010 1:07 PM  
Anonymous David Huston said...

"Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?

John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope.

I'm not talking about blind optimism here - the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't think about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs. The hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores. The hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta. The hope of a millworker's son who dares to defy the odds. The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.

Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!"

-Senator Barack Hussein Obama, at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston

January 28, 2010 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww David.
I need a box of tissues and a flag to salute.

MB Sklar

January 28, 2010 2:59 PM  
Anonymous David Huston said...

The state reimbursement is based on Full Time Equivalent enrollment for grade, middle and high school.
The district administration had the expected enrollment numbers in JUL/AUG 2009.
Mr. Kubit should have been prepared to answer my question when the 8% reimbursement first came to light on 11-JAN-2010.

January 28, 2010 11:05 PM  
Anonymous John Ewing said...

David, when Mr. Kubit blew off your answer to the reimbursement question he had the option to ask an administrator for help; he didn't do that at the board meeting or at the Audit and Finance Committee meeting on January 28, 2010. Instead Mr. Fraasch answered the question clearly. Thank you, James!

January 29, 2010 2:00 PM  

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