Monday, September 28, 2009

NOTES from BOE Work Session with Commissioners 9/28/09

The Board Meeting on Monday, September 28th will be re-broadcast on Channel 96 and is available via webstream at . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs.

The topic of this meeting was the new PROPOSED high school which I will be voting "NO" to unless things change drastically. The value engineering ORDERED by the commissioners has changed the design so drastically that the initial vision and purpose has been skewed. Yes the total cost has been reduced BUT whatthey don't tell you is that most of the reduction is due to the economy and the decrease in square footage construction. So if you were to take the initial design, we would still come out at about the same price.

In addition, not one of the commissioners can commit to finding a way to fund the operating cost of this new school. It will cost $18M one-time cost to open the doors of which they are willing to take $10M from the DRRA funds. (meaning we won't have the DRRA funds for the next elementary school which we would be submitting for planning in 2014). The annual operating costs is approx. $14.3M of which they have no idea where it will come from and won't commit to funding. They actually want us to open and operate this new school on our current budget. That is NOT being financially responsible and I cannot condone building this school when we don't know how we will pay for it.


Anonymous said...

openly berating teachers and behaving in a totally unprofessional manner? Sounds like some of our Chuck County High School Principals have been taking lessons from this guy.....

Jennifer Abell said...

I'm sorry but I'm a little lost about your comment. "Openly berating teahers" what are you referring too? Can you elaborate?