Friday, January 18, 2013
First and foremost, I’m not against students getting a good school to learn in or better classrooms to teach in for the teachers.
Here’s the problem:
The $48 million being asked for the Walla Walla High School bond is an estimate, not a fact of the cost. The dreamers who thought up the amount have not received a bid from contractors, firm costs of an architectural design or any other set amount, according to the fact sheet sent in the mail.
They’re selling you something that has no firm price tag for the project. Will the contractor they choose guarantee the work after it is done against defects (example: leaky roof in a year and a half).
Will the contractor do the project for the price that was bid after it starts work or ask for more money to finish?
Why is all the fancy landscaping being done or going to extremes on the inside that raise costs?
That only helps make the School Board and principal and superintendent look good. The students are not going to care that much or get use out of extremely fancy stuff.
The buildings are for the students, not for the School Board or the administration to boast about. Look at the extreme picture shown on the front of the fact sheet.
The students already attending Wa-Hi are going to suffer during construction because their classes will be in portable classrooms.
Next the School Board will likely ask for several million dollars for Lincoln High to be remodeled or a new school built. That means more increased taxes.
Answer to problem: Get a citizens’ group together that cares about the students only. When the bond passes the citizens group keeps close account of how and where the money is spent, not siphoned off for something besides the building.
All money is subject to greed. Don’t trust sticky fingers — no swimming pools.