Tuesday, February 5, 2013
After checking with my sources who have done work on high schools in the West, I was informed of a state-of-the-art high school in Boise. This school was built for 2,200 students. The school has the latest in all systems available at the time, including heated sidewalks and congregating area.
Total cost of this entire project was $38 million. Yes, you did read that right, $38 million!
Now with all the increase in maintaining the Boise school, the school district does not have the resources to run all the nice, new things all the time and have had to close part of the school to afford operating at least some of the school.
I read on the front page of the Sunday U-B that Pacific Power wants to greatly increase the power rates. Is Pacific Power giving the Walla Walla School District the power to run all this new equipment and air conditioning?
Open-ended bond issues are simply wrong when wanting a new project. The correct way to the future is to pass a bond just large enough to get all the design and engineering done, put that out for bid and then based on the winning bid present that amount to the people for approval. My contacts who have worked on these projects will tell you, when you have a bond such as the one proposed for approval in Walla Walla, toward the end of the project, changes will be made for the sake of using as much of the money as possible.
We have three engineers and two nurses, all graduates of Wa-Hi, in the family. All have graduated near the top of their class in their chosen fields and are very successful today.
I am having a very difficult time when being told that our Wa-Hi students are handicapped.
“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education” — Sir Walter Scott.