Saturday, April 17, 2010

Options, Options, Options....

There seems to be quite a bit of talk lately about a less costly $75M. "option" for the high school renovation. The only problem is that this "option" doesn't exist. It never did. All that exists are some people who would like to believe that such an option exists and are happy to say so. Unfortunately, it does not, as Dan Remely pointed out at last week's board meeting. $75M would not even cover all of the superficial repairs needed. The $75M might as well have been plucked out of the sky. Ironically, it just happens to be the amount we currently have on hand without any additional bonds.

The bottom line is that there is no viable option that would cost $75M. To insist that there must be reaps nothing. It's like being on a plane (back when they still served food on planes, of course...) and having the flight attendant ask if you would like chicken or fish for dinner, and your response is "I'll have the beef". Well, guess what!!??! There IS no beef! There IS no $75M option!!

To my knowledge, no one, including Mr. Dirk Taylor, has presented a specific $75M schematic design and no one has consulted with or hired a construction manager to cost out any such project.

Needless to say, I am pleased that the current project continues to move forward. It is my hope that some of the opponents of this project will soon step back and allow the board to spend more time on finding cost savings, and less time enduring hysteria and ridicule. It is truly time to move on.